The village is 7 miles south-east of Bedworth.
The Saxon village was known as Cyricbrig and it was called Chircheberie in the Domesday Book of 1086.
A Benedictine Priory was founded in 1077 from which the village gets its name. St Edith was the priory church but it was dedicated to St Denis until about 1400. Its original spire collapsed in a gale on Christmas Day 1701.
Monks Kirby is the mother church to Copston Magna, Pailton & Easenhall.
It is said that one exhausted lady resident, Elizabeth Mott, died in 1720 having born 42 children.
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