Broughton Astley

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Broughton Astley is a large village and civil parish located in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. It is situated in the south of Leicestershire, about 6 miles (10 km) east of Hinckley and about 9 miles (14 km) from the centre of Leicester. Broughton Astley borders Blaby district to the north of the village, and borders the villages of Cosby, Leire, and Dunton Basset; the population (including Sutton in the Elms) of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 11,940. A trubutary of The River Soar runs through the village towards west of Broughton Astley down to the B4114 towards Leicester. Broughton Astley is the third largest viliage/Town in the Harborough district. Sutton in the Elms is north west of the centre of Broughton Astley.


The Parish of Broughton Astley consists of the villages of Broughton Astley and Sutton in the Elms.

Broughton Astley in turn is made up of two villages, Primethorpe and Broughton, that were previously separate. Until recently[when?] there were still signs in the old Primethorpe area that still said "Primethorpe", such as Primethorpe post office, still trading with that name decades after the two villages merged.[1] Sutton in the Elms, although part of the parish, is separated from Broughton Astley by the B581 Broughton Way bypass, and consequently retains its own separate identity.


In 1086, the combined area had under 200 inhabitants; the exact number is not known but it is probably closer to 130 than to 200. By 1800 there were about 450 people and by 1900 about 1,200; the rapid expansion after 1800 follows the development of industry, mainly machine knitting on hand-operated frames. The population census report of 1991 shows 6,487 residents, its population is growing rapidly as a result of housing development, reaching around 10,000 at present. The population at the 2011 census was 8,940. List of the largest villages in England


Broughton Astley has three Primary Schools spread around the village. One is Orchard Primary School which is situated in the old "Primethorpe" area; the second is Old Mill Primary School which is the link of the village. The last is Hallbrook Primary School which is a new school not more than 20 years old in the New "Hall Farm" part of the village.

Broughton is also home to Thomas Estley Community College, it hosts a wide range of night school classes and sporting activities.[2] The community college is named after the man who first suggested combining Broughton and Primethorpe in the 18th century.


The church of St Mary the Virgin is the parish church, the earliest documented reference being in 1220, when it was recorded that William de Estley was erector.[3]

Sutton in the Elms Baptist church was founded around 1650, making it the oldest Baptist church in the county.[4]


For more than a thousand years the area was agricultural. Then came the knitting/hosiery industry, after about 1750. Later still there was some brickmaking, tailoring and shoemaking. There is now a small estate for light industry, small manufacturing businesses.

The majority of employment is now found outside the village, for example, in the Coventry, Hinckley and Leicester town areas.[5]

Notable residents and magazines[edit]

Local residents[edit]

Local magazines[edit]

  • "Broughton Matters"[7] is produced by Broughton Astley Parish Council to let people know about upcoming events.
  • "An Advert 2 Offer" a fortnightly produced publication. [1]


  1. ^ Picture of Primethorpe Post Office ~ 1996
  2. ^ Thomas Estley Community College: Extended Services Archived 26 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ St Mary's church history page
  4. ^ "Sutton Elms Baptist church history page". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ Broughton Astley Online, history section
  6. ^ article, October 2007
  7. ^ Broughton Astley Parish Council website Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 52°31′40″N 1°13′39″W / 52.52778°N 1.22750°W / 52.52778; -1.22750