Barrow upon Soar
Barrow upon Soar is a large village in northern Leicestershire, in the Soar Valley between Leicester and Loughborough. It is part of the Charnwood local government district; the population as measured at the 2011 census was 5,856. It lies on the east bank of the River Soar at its confluence with the Fishpool Brook, is just opposite the A6 from Quorn; the village is on the Midland Main Line, Ivanhoe Line trains stop at the Barrow-upon-Soar railway station. The Mountsorrel Railway, carrying granite from the Mountsorrel quarries, used to run here; the village is famous for a plesiosaur excavated there in 1851, of the species Atychodracon megacephalus, nicknamed the "Barrow Kipper". The plesiosaur was found in a lime pit outside the village, a roundabout with a sign representing its skeleton lies at the centre of the village; the skeleton is on display at the New Walk Museum in Leicester, with a full-size replica on display at Charnwood Museum in Loughborough. The village's football club has the skeleton on its badge.
Barrow was the birthplace in 1915 of the Second World War fighter ace Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson. The editor of Current Biology, Geoffrey North hails from Barrow. Peter Preston, editor of The Guardian from 1975 to 1995, was born there. Barrow Upon Soar is twinned with Charente-Maritime in France. Community website Barrow Voice Barrow Heritage Barrow Signpost Barrow in the Domesday Book
Birstall is a large village and civil parish within the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, England. It is part of the wider Leicester Urban Area, it is the largest village in Charnwood, with a population only marginally lower than the neighbouring town of Syston at the 2001 census. Birstall lies on the A6 and is the last major settlement before Leicester when arriving from the north. Birstall thus forms part of the Leicester Urban Area; the village centre lies just along Sibson Road. The village contains a garden centre and a variety of other shops. There are a number of schools, including Highcliffe Primary School, Riverside Primary School and The Cedars Academy; the village contains the Anglican church of St. James the Great, the St Teresa Roman Catholic church and Birstall Methodist Church. There is a large housing estate in the north-west of the village, leading off Greengate Lane; the Grand Union Canal runs through the bottom end of the village, separating it from Watermead Country Park, a series of lakes in the bottom of the Soar Valley, which have been set aside as a recreational area and country park.
The Great Central Railway steam railway has its southern terminus near the village, where the A6 meets the Leicester outer ringroad at Red Hill Circle. Just north of Red Hill Circle, west of the A6, is Red Hill filling station, which became a Grade II listed building in 2012; the railway forms the boundary of the southern end of Birstall Golf Club. To the north of the village, the A6 meets the A46 Leicester Western Bypass and continues on towards Loughborough along the Soar Valley; the symbol of Birstall is a Cedar tree. The original tree stands in Roman Road, it was once in the grounds of the now demolished Birstall Hall. The local Air Training Corps unit is 1947 Squadron; the area of the Parish is 791 acres. The name Birstall comes from the Old English for "old disused fort" - Burhsteall. Saxon remnants have been found in surrounding area; the village was called Burstalle in the Domesday Book. Willard held these lands for Hugh and the 16 acres of meadow and a mill were said to be worth three ounces of gold.
The village was a small one until the arrival of the Great Central Railway in 1899. From onwards development has continued and still continues to-day. Between 1901 and the 2001 the population grew from 611 to over 11,000. A new housing development called'Hallam Fields' commenced construction in 2006 and was well advanced by 2008, it occupies land to the west of the A6, between the'Gates' estate and the A46. The development will take ten years to complete, consisting of up to 900 properties including schools, offices, industrial units and a fire station, it has been described as a mini Poundbury. By April 2010 it had 11 streets; these are Archdale Close, Bridge Green, Dale Close, Far Pastures Road, Halfpenny Close, Hallam Fields Road, Little Connery Lees, Pinfold Close, Brook Furlong Drive, Palmer Square and Lady Augusta Road. North of the development, on the roundabout connecting the A46 and A6 is a new service area with a KFC, a Shell petrol station and an Etap Hotel. Schools: Highcliffe primary school Riverside primary school Hallam fields primary school The Cedars AcademyNote: Longslade Community College and Stonehill high school will soon merge to become Cedars Academy Shops: One main supermarket One garden centre Various shops along Sibson roadCommunity facilities: Library on Wanlip Lane Parish Council officesParks: Watermead Country Park School Lane recreational park Harrogate parkGolf club: Birstall Golf Club - founded in 1901 - one of the first golf clubs in Leicestershire The village is served by Kinchbus, Arriva Fox County and Centrebus.
Birstall park and ride is operated by Roberts Tours. The closest village to Birstall is Wanlip, a smaller village, with the village of Rothley being the next closest; the villages of Thurmaston and Syston are nearby. Birstall shares its southern border with the City of Leicester. Rixensart, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Syston is a town and civil parish in the district of Charnwood in Leicestershire, England. The population was 11,508 at the 2001 census. There has been a settlement on the site for over 1,000 years, the earliest records being in the Domesday Book as Sitestone; the Roman road known as the Fosse Way passes through Syston, now a commuter town for the city of Leicester. Only the village of Thurmaston to the south separates it from Leicester; the large and impressive Church of St Peter and St Paul is the most ancient building in Syston, built in pink granite and white limestone with a proud west tower topped by a lozenge frieze and pinnacles. The church dates from the 15th century but there is a 13th-century sedilia in the chancel and a tomb recess in the south aisle of the early 14th century; the stone arcading inside the nave has striking Perpendicular Gothic panelling, seen on the tower arch and in the clerestory. The nave roof of timber is 15th century; the local architect Frederick Webster Ordish extensively restored the church in 1871-72 and in 1881 he extended the nave by one bay and rebuilt the chancel.
Ordish lived at Queniborough Old Hall. In 1855 he had added the upper storey, with its tower and bridge staircase, to the Corn Exchange in Leicester Market Place, he died as a result of an accident near the old Syston railway station in September 1885. The Midland Main Line runs through the town. Syston railway station has one platform on what remains of the former goods line, served by local Leicester to Lincoln via Nottingham and Newark services on the Ivanhoe Line. Motorcycle speedway and greyhound racing was staged at the Syston Sports Stadium on Mostyn Avenue. The'Syston white plum' is well known in the Syston locality and has been grown there for well over 100 years, it is oval in shape, thin skinned and a good sized dessert plum. It crops in September and is emblazoned on the Syston Town welcoming signs. Syston is the location of the headquarters of Pukka Pies, one of the largest employers in the town, employing 250 people; the River Soar runs past the western edge of the town, shortly after passing under the A46 road which underwent significant improvements early in 2006 at the Hobby Horse roundabout, a popular meeting place on the Leicester Western Bypass.
Syston is home to two monthly, village publications: the Syston Directory. Actress Terri Dwyer Singer Dave Bartram from Showaddywaddy Speedway racer Fred Wilkinson raced for England v.s Australia, ran the Lansdowne Garage in Syston Megan Lowe, Test cricketer Mahalia Burkmar, neosoul/R'n'B artist Déville-lès-Rouen, Upper Normandy, France The Air Training Corps is a military based youth organisation for 13- to 20-year-olds and the local squadron is based in the grounds of Wreake Valley Academy. The Syston Allotment Society works for the benefit of plot holders and the wider community at the allotment site on Upper Church Street, Syston. Pevsner, Nikolaus. Leicestershire and Rutland; the Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. Pp. 402–403. ISBN 0140710183. Brodie, Antonia. Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, Vol.2, L-Z. London & New York: Continuum. P. 289. ISBN 082645514X. Syston Town Council Leicestershire Villages Syston Syston Town News 1181 Syston Squadron ATC Syston Allotment Society
Burton on the Wolds
Burton on the Wolds is a village situated on the B676 road 3 miles west of the A46 in Leicestershire and has a population of around 800. The population was measured at 1,218 in the 2011 census; the Parish Council of Burton on the Wolds and Prestwold serves the village and its two neighbouring hamlets. The local borough council is Charnwood. Burton has its own primary school and shop, with most of the village life centreing at the pub, The Greyhound, village hall, the village is famous for its Lion's Head fountain; the village has two football teams that play in the North Leicestershire League division one, the Charnwood Sunday League division one. The Sunday side made it into the William Davis Semi-final in 2009. Home games are played at Towles Fields. Burton has a long-established cricket club who in 2010 merged with one of the County's largest and most successful clubs, Barrow Town. Now named Barrow and Burton Cricket Club, the club has 4 teams represented in the Everards Leicestershire County Cricket League and the Leicestershire Senior Cricket League.
Burton on the Wolds Primary School The New Barrow and Burton Village Cricket Club Web Site The Greyhound Inn Map sources for Burton on the Wolds
The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of NUTS for statistical purposes. It consists of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland; the region has an area of 15,627 km2, with a population over 4.5 million in 2011. There are five main urban centres, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham. Others include Boston, Chesterfield, Grantham, Kettering, Mansfield, Newark-on-Trent and Wellingborough. Relative proximity to London and its position on the national motorway and trunk road networks help the East Midlands to thrive as an economic hub. Nottingham and Leicester are each classified as a sufficiency-level world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; the region is served by East Midlands Airport, which lies between Derby and Nottingham. The high point at 636 m is Kinder Scout, in the Peak District of the southern Pennines in northwest Derbyshire near Glossop. Other upland, hilly areas of 95 to 280 m in altitude, together with lakes and reservoirs, rise in and around the Charnwood Forest north of Leicester, in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The region's major rivers, the Nene, the Soar, the Trent and the Welland, flow in a northeasterly direction towards the Humber and the Wash. The Derwent, rises in the High Peak before flowing south to join the Trent some 2 miles before its conflux with the Soar; the centre of the East Midlands area lies between Bingham and Bottesford, Leicestershire. The geographical centre of England lies in Higham on the Hill in west Leicestershire, close to the boundary between the Leicestershire and Warwickshire; some 88 per cent of the land is rural in character, although agriculture accounts for less than three per cent of the region's jobs. Lincolnshire is the only maritime county of the six, with a true North Sea coastline of about 30 miles due to the protection afforded by Spurn Head and the North Norfolk foreshore. Church Flatts Farm in Coton in the Elms, South Derbyshire, is the furthest place from the sea in the UK. In April 1936 the first Ordnance Survey trig point was sited at Cold Ashby in Northamptonshire.
The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and The Wildlife Trusts are based next to the River Trent and Newark Castle railway station. The National Centre for Earth Observation is at the University of Leicester; the region is home to large quantities of limestone, the East Midlands Oil Province. Charnwood Forest is noted for its abundant levels of volcanic rock, estimated to be 600 million years old. A quarter of the UK's cement is manufactured in the region, at three sites in Hope and Tunstead in Derbyshire, Ketton Cement Works in Rutland. Of the aggregates produced in the region, 25 per cent are from Derbyshire and four per cent from Leicestershire. Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire each produce around 30 per cent of the region's sand and gravel output. Barwell in Leicestershire was the site of Britain's largest meteorite on 24 December 1965; the 2008 Lincolnshire earthquake was 5.2 in magnitude. Areas of the East Midlands designated by the East Midlands Biodiversity Partnership as Biodiversity Conservation Areas include: Charnwood Forest Coversand Heaths Derbyshire Peak Fringe and Lower Derwent Humberhead Levels Leighland Forest The Lincolnshire Limewoods and Heaths The Lincolnshire coast The Peak District Rockingham Forest Sherwood Forest Rutland, SW Lincolnshire and N Northamptonshire The Wash Areas of the East Midlands designated by the East Midlands Biodiversity Partnership as Biodiversity Enhancement Areas include: The Coalfields The Daventry Grasslands The Fens The Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes The Lincolnshire Wolds The National Forest The Yardley-Whittlewood RidgeTwo of the nationally designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are: The Peak District The Lincolnshire Wolds Several towns in the southern part of the region, including Market Harborough, Rothwell, Kettering, Thrapston and Stamford, lie within the boundaries of what was once Rockingham Forest – designated a royal forest by William the Conqueror and was long hunted by English kings and queens.
The National Forest is an environmental project in central England run by The National Forest Company. Areas of north Leicestershire, south Derbyshire and south-east Staffordshire covering around 200 square miles are being planted in an attempt to blend ancient woodland with new plantings, it stretches from the western outskirts of Leicester in the east to Burton upon Trent in the west, is planned to link the ancient forests of Needwood and Charnwood. Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire attracts many visitors, is best known for its ties with the legend of Robin Hood. Regional financial funding decisions for the East Midlands are taken by East Midlands Councils, based in Melton Mowbray. East Midlands Councils is an unelected body made up of representatives of local government in the region; the defunct East Midlands Development Agency was headquartered next to the BBC's East Midlands office in Nottingham and made financial decisions regarding economic development in the region. Since the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government launched its austerity programme after the 2010 general election, regional bodies such as those have been devolved to smaller groups now on a county level.
As a region today, there is no overriding body with significant financial or planning powers for the East Midlands. The East Midlands' largest settlements are Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield, Mansfield and Kettering. Leicester is the largest
For Mount Sorrel, see Broad Chalke. Mountsorrel is a village in Leicestershire on the River Soar, just south of Loughborough with a population in 2001 of 6,662 inhabitants, increasing to 8,223 at the 2011 census; the village is in the borough of Charnwood, surrounding a steep hill, once crowned by a castle, is bordered to the east by the River Soar. The village is renowned for the Buttercross Market in the village centre as well as its granite quarry, the largest in Europe; the Leicester arm of the Grand Union Canal runs through Mountsorrel. The civil parish meets with Rothley to the south, some houses are in Rothley parish near the southern A6 junction. To the west of the parish is a nature reserve. North of here the Leicestershire Round passes east-west through the north of the village; the parish boundary meets Quorndon. North of there it crosses the former A6 500 metres towards Quorn from the roundabout for the A6 roundabout. Close to the bypass the River Soar becomes the parish boundary and south of the A6 northern junction it meets Sileby at the point where it crosses the A6 bypass.
500 metres south of there the boundary leaves the river to the west, with the river becoming the Sileby-Rothley boundary. The local area is built on granite. Leicester's Humberstone came from this granite, was known as Hunbeort's Stan. Another piece of Mountsorrel granite is at an RAF memorial at Screveton in Nottinghamshire near the A46. A castle was built in 1080 by Hugh Lupus, but there is evidence of an earlier Norman settlement in the area in the form of pottery fragments. A Roman villa is supposed to have existed on Broad Hill during the 4th century AD, the site of today's quarry, as quarrying during the late 1800s revealed many artefacts including a preserved wooden bucket. However, the first recording of the village was in 1377, when it had a population of 156. In 1151, Robert le Bossu, the Earl of Leicester and deputy to Henry II of England, the Justicar, or Chief Justice of the Peace for the area, acquired the tenancy of Mountsorrel castle. According to the historian Jim Bradbury, the acquisition of the castle by the Earl of Leicester was as a result of a'final concord of peace' with Ranulf, Earl of Chester.
Whilst the origin of the name'Mountsorrel' is still not understood it is thought that the English nobility of the time named Mountsorrel after Montsoreau, a village in France close to Fontevrault, where Henry II was buried. The name Mountsorrel is of Norman-French origin and is thought to have developed due to the close likeness of Montsoreau and Mountsorrel – both settlements sit on rivers, the Loire and the Soar and are overshadowed by surrounding hills. Mountsorrel castle was used as a bastion against King Stephen, was subsequently destroyed in 1217 by the King's men from Nottingham, branded "a nest of the Devil and den of thieves and robbers"; the future King Louis VIII of France had sent support in the form of 20,000 men to the besieged barons in the castle, but this force had failed to arrive in time to prevent the razing to the ground of the castle. All that remains of the castle today is a granite crag on Castle Hill; the hill is the site of a memorial to those who lost their lives in World War I.
One of the parish churches is Christ Church and the other, a Grade II* listing building, is dedicated to St Peter. The village was visited by Methodist preacher John Wesley, where he preached in a building which now belongs to Stonehurst Family Farm, a tourist attraction. By an act of Parliament passed on 22 July 1782 Henry Walkery of Thurmaston and John Sultzer of Burton Overy were empowered to enclose the open fields and common grounds of Mountsorrel, some 300 acres; the Leicester Navigation was opened in 1794 and the first barges between Loughborough and Leicester departed on 26 October. Mountsorrel was the site for a hospital for the mentally ill, which had 91 beds in 1979, but this has since closed and been converted to a housing estate. By 1781, the population was recorded as'150 dwellings', by 1840 the population of Mountsorrel had reached 1,900. During World War II, in 1942, Alvis, an armoured vehicle manufacturer based in Coventry, acquired a factory used to produce cardboard boxes in the village after their factory in Coventry was bombed by the Luftwaffe.
Alvis built a new factory on the site of an old brickworks, which DeHavilland, an aeroplane propeller manufacturer used after the war until Rolls-Royce Limited acquired the site in 1945. The site is now covered by housing; the A6 dual-carriageway Quorn-Mountsorrel Bypass opened in October 1991, allowing quarry traffic to avoid travelling through the village centre. On 31 July 2004 a new leisure centre opened in the Soar Valley Leisure Centre. Christ Church & St Peters primary school is on Rothley Road; the Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum established in 1951 is located in the centre of the village and is home to many animals and offers tractor trailer rides. The Butter Market was built in 1793 by the Lord of the Manor, Sir John Danvers, to replace the fifteenth century Market Cross, which he had removed to use on his estate in Swithland, where it still remains, it is a Grade II* listed structure. In 1292, Nicholas de Seagrave became Lord of the Manor and was granted by Edward I the right to hold a market in Mountsorrel each Monday.
Seagrave's father, Stephen de Seagrave, was Chief Justice of England at the time, a position of great power, which may explain the granting of such a market. In addition to the granting of the market, de Seagrave was permitted to hold an annual fair for the "eve and morrow of St John the Baptist and 5 days after"; this fair was abolished in 1873
Sileby is a former industrial village and civil parish in the Soar Valley in Leicestershire, between Leicester and Loughborough. Nearby villages include Barrow upon Soar, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake and Cossington; the population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 7,835. The origins of the village date back to around 840 AD when the area was settled by the Danes - Leicestershire forming part of the Danelaw along with other counties in the vicinity; the name Sileby may in fact come from the Danish name'Sighulf'. The village lies at the bottom of an ancient valley created by the nearby River Soar, meaning that surrounding farmland is prone to flooding during persistent or heavy rain. Traditionally, Sileby was split into two wards, separated by the brook that flows through the middle of the village; these are St Gregory's to the south. However, due to Boundary Commission changes, a third ward of ‘Barrow West’ was added albeit as an arbitrary boundary for electoral purposes; this division was resented at the time owing to local rivalries and the idea of a portion of the village being annexed was not popular.
In practice however this division is ignored. The idea of the two traditional wards is becoming somewhat lost as the village grows and new people move in unaware of the significance of the historical division. One of Sileby's most distinguishing features is the Anglican church of St. Mary founded around 1152, it is a Grade II* listed building, only 4% of listed buildings in the country are Grade II* status, which means it is of significant interest. The Gothic tower now houses a fine ring of 10 bells, which attract ringers from wide; the church has an active congregation and hosts Ladies Fellowship on Tuesday afternoons and squeels for tots on a Thursday morning. There is an active youth ministry and children's work led by Leonie Poole the Children and Families Worker; the church is open from 2pm on a Wednesday for coffee. The Rector is the Revd Duncan Beet; the service on a Sunday is at 11.00am and there are both children and youth groups in the state of the art St Mary's Centre. There is a Crèche in the main church building.
In more recent history Sileby was much an industrial place. Like most towns/villages in the local area it had several hosiery and shoe factories until as as the 1980s, as well as a wallpaper manufacturer and several engineering companies. Nearly all of these have now disappeared and most of the factory premises have long since been demolished and replaced by new housing estates making it a modern commuter town for people who work throughout the East Midlands and beyond with easy access to London and the North; the village has a railway station on the Ivanhoe Line, trains run hourly to Leicester, Loughborough and Lincoln. There are two bus links to various neighbouring villages, as well as to Leicester; this network includes links to the "Skylink" to East Midlands Airport, about 15 miles away. The village has excellent links to major road transport networks via the nearby A6 and A46 linking directly to the M1 which lies to the west; the A46 will take you to Lincoln in the north and provides a link to the east coast of England.
The local area is prone to flooding from the River Soar and its tributaries, meaning that access and egress can be limited in persistently wet weather with some local roads becoming impassable for days or weeks at a time during autumn/winter/spring. The proximity to the River Soar means that Sileby has an active marina where some residents live on narrowboats and others store their pleasurecraft at the permanent moorings available. Boats can be hired as well as minor repair work undertaken and boat supplies purchased at the small chandlery. Current facilities/amenities in the village include: Two doctors surgeries Two pharmacies One Opticians Two primary schools Several places of worship for the various Christian denominations Several pre-school/nursery establishments Two smaller-size supermarkets One dentist Numerous takeaway food establishments Various shops, "beauty salons" and cafes Two vehicle maintenance garages offering MOT tests/servicing etc. One private members-only gym Several sports pitches/facilities and community park areasNotably there are no Police/Fire/Ambulance stations or hospitals in or around Sileby.
The nearest Police station is at Loughborough. The nearest Fire station is at Birstall. Ambulances and paramedic vehicles patrol the local area but the nearest Accident & Emergency facilities are at Leicester Royal Infirmary. For less serious/urgent incidents treatment can be obtained at Loughborough Urgent Care Centre. Other absent facilities include swimming pool or refuse/recycling facility. Pubs include The Horse & Trumpet, The Free Trade Inn, The White Swan; these pubs cater for all tastes. The Horse and Trumpet, located at the top of Mountsorrel Lane opposite St Mary's Church is a popular village drinking house offering frequent entertainment and open fires with a large well-appointed function room, free to hire. Further towards the middle of the village on Swan Street is The White Swan, which offers excellent food in a restaurant style setting; the Free Trade Inn stands at the junction of Manor Drive. This is one of the ol