Appleby Magna lies 7 miles South-West of Ashby De La Zouch. The name is derived from the word 'Apa' meaning water or stream and 'by' meaning settlement, indeed the Ashby canal passes within a mile of the village. Historically Appleby was one of the largest and wealthiest parishes of Leicesterhire and now joins small hamlets including; Appleby Parva, Little Wigston and the villages of Norton-Juxta-Twycross; Snarestone and Swepstone.
Appleby has two public houses, a village shop/post office, a church named 'St Michael and all Angels' and the attractive Sir John Moore Church of England primary school.
Appleby Magna has an excellent transport network with links the A42 dual carriageway to the M1 motorway corridor and East Midlands conurbations beyond. Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are all within commuting distance together with Nottingham East Midlands airport and Birmingham International airport adjacent to the NEC arena. Main line rail links to London are well catered for at both Tamworth and Nottingham and East Midlands parkway allowing the commuter to reach the city centre within 70 minutes.
The Sir John Moore Church of England Primary school, previously known as Appleby Grammar school was based on an original design by Sir Christopher Wren. The school feeds in to Ibstock community college.