Parva is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of
Leicestershire, England. The parish had a population of 211 according to the
2001 census, and 147 in 1931. The village is in the west of the district, west of the M1 and
north of the M6 motorways. It is about 3 miles from Lutterworth.
The village was recorded in the Domesday Book (as Parva Essebi), with 7 households (six villagers and one smallholder)
The Civil War
During the English Civil War parliamentary troops from Warwickshire garrisons visited Ashby Parva and the surrounding villages in Guthlaxton Hundred, stealing horses and availing themselves of "free quarter". In May, 1642 a hundred men from the Coventry garrison stayed three hours at Ashby Parva to avail themselves of "meat, drink and provinder". In 1646 the inhabitants claimed ten pounds from the Warwickshire County Committee for a visit by Captain Wells and sixty men from Warwick in 1644, during which the troops quartered for two days and consumed "diet and horsemeat" worth an estimated ten pounds.
Our Own Weather Forecaster
During the 19th century, one of the Rectors at St. Peter's Church, William Clement Ley, had a reputation as a weather prophet. During harvest, he would post his forecasts on the rectory gates. It is said that farmers would come from miles around to read the forecasts, and use these to decide when to harvest. He made it his life's work to find a way to predict the weather. He made his own Nephoscope (an instrument for measuring the altitude, direction, and velocity of clouds). By using observed data on cirrus clouds, he managed to decipher the structure and movement of a low pressure area, and was the first to measure what would later be called the jet stream. It is now known that cirrus clouds often form in advance of a warm front where the air masses meet at high levels, indicating a change in the weather is on the way.