Appleby is a small village in North Lincolnshire, England. It was founded some time prior to 1612. It is one of the many villages throughout Britain where witches and wizards settled in numbers after the International Statute of Secrecy to rely on each other for mutual support, living alongside a Muggle population.
Appleby is the hometown of the Quidditch team, the Appleby Arrows. Their main rivals in the British and Irish Quidditch League, are called the Wimbourne Wasps. The Wasps are partially more famous, because of their former Beater, Ludo Bagman, who is currently the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports at the British Ministry of Magic. However, like the Wasps, the Arrows have never made it to the Quidditch World Cup, although Wimbourne has won the League Cup eighteen times, and been semi-finalists in the European Cup twice. Most Appleby fans and wizards living in that area all agree that the Arrow's most glorious hour, was of their 1932 defeat of the Vratsa Vultures in a sixteen-day match, earning the European Cup for the only known time.