South Croxton is a village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England. It has a population of around 250, measured at 261 in the 2011 census. Nearby places are Beeby and Twyford; the Parish Council meets on the first Monday of the month in the Village Hall. The meetings are open; the Village Hall Committee meets there on the second Thursday of the month. A programme of improvements to the hall begun in 2007 continues; the Golden Fleece reopened in 2008 as a pub/restaurant. The village has riding stables in Three Turns Lane, a Women's Institute that meets monthly, a Wednesday Luncheon Club meeting every other month; the village is served on Monday to Saturday by the hourly daytime bus service No. 100 between Leicester and Melton Mowbray. The nearest railway station is at Leicester; the local school closed about 1965. The nearest primary school today is at Gaddesby. There have been no shops since 1995, but there is a playing field with a slide and a single football goal; the recorded population of South Croxton in the last two centuries varied between a high of 324 in 1851 and to a low of 153 in 1951.
It was 234 at the time of the 2001 census. The highest point is the church, at 120 metres above mean sea level; this falls to 85 metres by the Queniborough Brook. The moated area to the north of the church formed part of a medieval manor enclosure and has yielded Saxon remains. Signs of medieval ridge and furrow field patterns can be seen to the north of the moated area; the Grade II* listed Church of St John's and four farmhouses in the parish are listed historic buildings. The village was designated as a Conservation Area in 1975, for its special architectural and historic interest, it has 90 houses, a 14th-century church, a pub and a village hall the local school. A considerable number of unlisted buildings are of architectural interest, having "survived unchanged over the last hundred years." Some are still roofed in slate, quarried at nearby Swithland, some ones in Welsh slate. As a community South Croxton antedates Domesday and the coming of the Danes, it appears as "Sudcroxtun" in the Coroner’s Rolls of 1212.
There were two manors known as Upper End, divided by the Queniborough brook. These were enclosed in 1794 respectively. There was a short-lived frame knitting industry in the village in the first half of the 19th century; the group of older houses down School Lane once formed. Since the 1960s, the character of South Croxton has changed from a farming community into a dormitory suburb for Leicester. In 2000, a grant was obtained to clean up the Queniborough Brook at the bridge and to provide seating there and at the top of the hill. Halfway up the hill, a little obelisk made of tiles produced by local children was placed to mark the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. There is a public footpath from Lowesby past the deserted medieval village of Baggrave to South Croxton; this passes the mid-18th century Baggrave Hall, badly damaged by developers in 1988–89 and abandoned. There is a public footpath following the brook to the village of Queniborough; the Anglican church of St John the Baptist is the only place of worship in the village, although there was at one time a Methodist congregation.
The Anglican parish is united with Beeby. It forms part of the South West Framland Cluster of Parishes; the church is built in the late Decorated style, of local honey-coloured Waltham ironstone and dates from the early 14th century, when it replaced an earlier stone building from the Saxon period. However, the Romanesque font of the earlier church remains; the south aisle and the roof were built a hundred years later. The bells, cast in 1636, remain in the tower. Extensive repairs had to be made in 1925 due to subsidence. A 15th-century oak roof corbel from the church is displayed at the Charnwood Museum in Loughborough. Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle, founder of Mount St. Bernard Abbey, attended a private school here in 1818. Bob Gerard, the racing driver, died here in 1990. "CROXTON, a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester. It has a post office, of the name of Croxton, under Leicester. Acres, 1,760. Real property, £2,535. Pop. 311. Houses, 68; the property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough.
Value, £130. Patron, the Duke of Rutland; the church is good. Charities, £32 and four cottages." A book of descriptive and oral history, South Croxton: The Village on the Hill by Philip Snelders, was published in 2007 and reprinted in 2008. Photo gallery: Retrieved 24 June 2011. See also. South Croxton Conservation Area Appraisal: Retrieved 24 June 2011. More detail on the early history of South Croxton: Retrieved 24 June 2011
Anstey is a large village in Leicestershire, located north west of Leicester in the borough of Charnwood. Its population was 6,528 at the 2011 census; this figure is expected to increase due to the building of a new housing development off Groby Road. The village is separated from Leicester by the Rothley Brook, Castle Hill Park and the A46, it borders the villages of Glenfield, Newtown Linford and Thurcaston as well as the suburb of Beaumont Leys and Anstey Heights. To the north-west lies Bradgate Park. Anstey is known as the Gateway to Charnwood Forest, it is a combination of traditional English village and an industrial town, made up of a number of small estates, both council and private which are intertwined with no clear border. Anstey dates back to Angle origins, when it was known as Hanstige, meaning a narrow forest track. Anstey was positioned between Leicester Forest. Whilst developing the site for the new Co-op store in 2002 archaeologists were called in and found remains dating back to the 12th century.
A plaque recording this has been placed on the wall of the new shop. The place-name of Anstey is first recorded in Domesday Book when it was held by one of the county's largest landholders, Hugh de Grandmesnil, castellan of Leicester. At the time it was a small farming community. Anstey appears to have had its origins in two distinct settlement foci, each associated with a separate manor, one associated with Leicester Abbey and one with the Ferrers of Groby, it is believed that Anstey once had a sizable military force - in 1431 William Porter "furnished XIX hommes and IX archers". When Bonnie Prince Charlie's army moved south during the 1745 rebellion, although the main body of troops were turned back at Derby, a foraging party reached the commons of Anstey. Local industry included hosiery from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, leading to a rise in population to around 600 by 1800. By 1845 there were 300 people employed as framework knitters in the village. A decline in the industry in the middle of the nineteenth century saw a fall in the village's population, although hosiery manufacture continued in the village until the mid-twentieth century.
Boot and shoe manufacture became a more important part of the village's work between 1860 and 1900, the first employer in Leicestershire described as a "boot and shoe manufacturer" appeared in Anstey in 1863. The village's population rose to over 2,500 with a corresponding rise in house-building. Anstey became an independent parish in 1866, having been a chapelry of Thurcaston. A number of related industries developed in the village, including tanning and box-making, the latter still present in the village. One of the largest companies in the village was the Anstey Wallpaper Company, which occupied a site east of Cropston Road now filled with houses and the new Co-op store. Nearly all the local factories have now either been converted into flats. By 1971, the population of the village had risen to 6,000; the village is still the home of Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd. known for their large-print editions of popular books, published since 1964. The most notable family of Anstey was the Martin family, who lived in the village from the 13th century until 1892.
Two members of the family held the position of Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, the local high school is named after them. They lived at Anstey Pastures, before moving to The Brand in 1892. Famous past Anstey residents include Ned Ludd, the machine-wrecker whose name was appropriated by the Luddites - whose name was adopted in a recent household development in the village: Ned Ludd Close, snooker player and commentator Willie Thorne, who started playing snooker at the village's Conservative club. Footballer Derek Dougan lived in the village during his time at Leicester City. According to legend, the last wolf to be killed in England was shot in a forest "near Anstige in Wolfdale". Wolfdale was a nearby district towards Newtown Linford, the name has survived in a altered form with Wooldale Close, one of the streets in the village. There are Church of United Reformed Church and Methodist churches in the village; the parish church of St. Mary is on Bradgate Road, just out of The Nook, has the remains of a 15th-century preaching cross and was part of the Parish of Thurcaston.
The United Reformed Church is further up Bradgate Road. The Methodist Church is situated near The Nook on Cropston Road, is a medium-sized church serving the community, being part of the Leicester West Circuit of the Oxford and Leicester District of the Methodist Church. An earlier Methodist church was located on the opposite side of the road to the current church, until it was demolished in the 1980s; the earliest purpose-built school for children in Anstey was on Bradgate Road, built in 1873 and now a Grade II listed building, converted to flats. There was an Adult School & Institute on Church Lane, the building now occupied by a printing company. There are three schools in Anstey: Latimer Primary School, Latimer Street - original building from 1896 Woolden Hill Primary School, Netherfield Road - opened 1977 The Martin High School, Link Road - opened 1957, now a secondary academy for 11- to 16-year-oldsCollege students go to The Cedars Academy at Birstall, they may go to English Martyrs RC School on Anstey Lane, Brookvale High School in Groby, or
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
Cossington is a village within the Soar Valley in Leicestershire, England. It lies between Sileby, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake and Syston; the population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 598. Although there is no railway service to Cossington, the Ivanhoe Line runs along the Midland Main Line between Leicester and Loughborough, passing close to the village. An hourly service is provided in both directions as part of East Midlands Trains Local service from Lincoln to Leicester via Nottingham. Many years ago there was a'Cossington Gate railway station' which has long since gone, the only evidence remaining on old maps, The nearest stations now being at Syston and Sileby. Cossington was once home to Lady Isobel Barnett, a radio and television personality from the mid 20th century, where she committed suicide amidst shoplifting charges. A short new road, Barnett Close, has been named in her memory; the village is home to three small businesses. The residents were successful in bringing about the cessation of the work and the village remains a peaceful community to this day.
Every alternate Easter the residents of Cossington open their gardens to the public for two days for the'Secret Gardens of Cossington' in which the village's willing gardeners show off their talents, with all the proceeds of ticket sales going to charity. The event has been a massive success every time it has run; the church of All Saints dates from the 13th century. A ‘Grant of Arms’ of the Fisher family displayed on the tower wall above the arch. There are memorial tablets to the Fisher family of which Geoffrey Fisher became Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1950s. To the south of the village lies Platts Lane Recreation Ground, owned by the Platts Lane Charitable Trust and run by a volunteer committee made up of village residents. Platts Lane is a large playing field area and plays host to soccer and rugby matches - most notably being the home of Sileby Town Rugby Football Club who are known as'The Vikings' and play all their home fixtures at Platts Lane, which many locals enjoy watching. Nearby is Ratcliffe College.
A notable native of Cossington was John Webster, governor of Connecticut Colony in 1656. The Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith's mother was the daughter of a rector of Cossington from the Fisher family. To the east of the village there is a footpath named "Polly Peggs Footpath". Local village legend says, her lover and the church abandoned her and she committed suicide. Media related to Cossington, Leicestershire at Wikimedia Commons
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, Derbyshire to the north-west; the border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street. Leicestershire takes its name from the city of Leicester located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county; the ceremonial county has a total population of just over 1 million, more than half of which lives in'Greater Leicester'. Leicestershire was recorded in the Domesday Book in four wapentakes: Guthlaxton, Framland and Gartree; these became hundreds, with the division of Goscote into West Goscote and East Goscote, the addition of Sparkenhoe hundred. In 1087, the first recorded use of the name was as Laegrecastrescir. Leicestershire's external boundaries have changed little since the Domesday Survey; the Measham-Donisthorpe exclave of Derbyshire has been exchanged for the Netherseal area, the urban expansion of Market Harborough has caused Little Bowden in Northamptonshire to be annexed.
In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 abolished the county borough status of Leicester city and the county status of neighbouring Rutland, converting both to administrative districts of Leicestershire. These actions were reversed on 1 April 1997, when Rutland and the City of Leicester became unitary authorities. Rutland became a distinct Ceremonial County once again, although it continues to be policed by Leicestershire Constabulary; the symbol of the county council, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester City FC, is the fox. Leicestershire is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting. Hugo Meynell, who lived in Quorn, is known as the father of fox hunting. Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough have associations with fox hunting, as has neighbouring Rutland. Leicestershire and Herefordshire are the only three English counties lacking a registered flag. A design was proposed for Leicestershire in 2017 based on symbols associated with the county – a fox and a cinquefoil; the River Soar together with its tributaries and canalisations constitutes the principal river basin of the county, although the River Avon and River Welland through Harborough and along the county's southern boundaries are significant.
The Soar rises between Hinckley and Lutterworth, towards the south of the county near the Warwickshire border, flows northwards, bisecting the county along its north/south axis, through'Greater' Leicester and to the east of Loughborough where its course within the county comes to an end. It continues north marking the boundary with Nottinghamshire for some 10 kilometres before joining the River Trent at the point where Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire meet; the geographical centre of England is in Leicestershire, near Fenny Drayton in the southwest of the county. In 2013, the Ordnance Survey calculated. A large part of the north-west of the county, around Coalville, forms part of the new National Forest area extending into Derbyshire and Staffordshire; the highest point of the county is Bardon Hill at 278 metres, a Marilyn. 150–200 metres and above in nearby Charnwood Forest and to the east of the county around Launde Abbey. The lowest point, at an altitude of about 20 metres, is located at the county's northernmost tip close to Bottesford where the River Devon flowing through the Vale of Belvoir leaves Leicestershire and enters Nottinghamshire.
This results in an altitude differential of around 257.5 metres and a mean altitude of 148.75 metres. The population of Leicestershire is 609,578 people; the county covers an area of 2,084 km2. Its largest population centre is the city of Leicester, followed by the town of Loughborough. Other large towns include Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby and Lutterworth; some of the larger of villages are:Burbage Birstall, Broughton Astley, Castle Donington, Kibworth Beauchamp, Great Glen, Ibstock and Kegworth. One of the most expanding villages is Anstey, which has seen a large number of development schemes; the United Kingdom Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Leicester of 279,921, a 0.5% decrease from the 1991 census. 62,000 were aged under 16, 199,000 were aged 16–74, 19,000 aged 75 and over. 76.9% of Leicester's population claim they have been born in the UK, according to the 2001 UK Census. Mid-year estimates for 2006 indicate that the population of the City of Leicester stood at 289,700 making Leicester the most populous city in East Midlands.
The population density is 3,814/km2 and for every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. Of those aged 16–74 in Leicester, 38.5% had no academic qualifications higher than 28.9% in all of England. 23.0% of Leicester's residents were born outside of the United Kingdom, more than double than the English average of 9.2%. Engineering has long been an important part of the economy of Leicestershire. John Taylor Bellfounders co
Queniborough is an English village in the county of Leicestershire north of Syston and of Leicester. Its 972 properties housed 1,878 registered electors in 2003; the population increased to 2,326 at the 2011 census. It forms part of the Leicester Urban Area due to its proximity; the parish church of St Mary's has, according to architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner, "one of the finest spires in the whole of Leicestershire". The old part of the village, along Main Street, has a mixture of 16th–20th century houses, some of them thatched; the Grade II*-listed Queniborough Old Hall in Coppice Lane is a large two-storey country house built in 1675–76 of brick with Swithland slate roofs, to an H-shaped plan. The newer Queniborough Hall in Main Street was built about 1820 with additions, it has two storeys of stuccoed brick with a four-bay frontage. Until the First World War it was still occupied by the Lord of the Manor, but it has now been converted into flats. What is now known as Wetherby House was built about 1850 and is believed to have been known as The Beeches.
It stands on Syston Road. The house is listed as of local interest. There was no school in the village open to ordinary villagers until 1847; the earlier school, in a small building to the rear of No. 28, Main Street, was only for children. Nos 22 -- 28, Main Street were built between 1810 as workers' cottages; the schoolmaster lived at No. 28. The row is still occupied, the old village school, part of No. 28, now serves as a dining room with a 15-foot vaulted ceiling. The school built in 1847 stands beside the Groom pub; this was a free school from the outset, available to the children of all villagers. It is now used as a small swimming pool for the new primary school built in the 1970s. A junior school was built in Coppice Lane and opened in September 1954. George Shingler, county cricketer, died in Queniborough. There are two public houses, the Horse and Groom and the Britannia Inn, both in the centre of the old part of the village. Next door to the Horse and Groom is the Queniborough branch of the British Legion, which has a bar and hall.
The village has a butcher/delicatessen and a ladies' and gents' hairdresser. The properties in the newer part of the village, from Queniborough Road to Syston Road, are all from the 20th century. Here there is a post office and corner shop, a newsagent and general store. At the same end of the village stands a village hall completed in 1973, used for keep-fit and other activities, for a pre-school playgroup; the local Scouts have a hall of their own. The school hall in Coppice Lane is used by Girl Guides and Rainbows, by weight watchers and many other clubs. Winter fairs and other celebrations are held; the village has a sports field marked out for football, for which Queniborough has teams in the junior and senior leagues. The King George playing field is a secure playground for young children, with swings and roundabouts. There is a public footpath to South Croxton. A recent acquisition is a village tennis court completed in 2005 within the King George playing field. Queniborough History Queniborough Online - Village website
Wanlip is a small village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, with a population measured at 305 at the 2011 census. It is a countryside village, north of Birstall, west of Watermead Country Park and the River Soar; the A46 road runs directly past the village. Wanlip won the 2008 Leicester and Rutland Best Village Competition for villages with a population under 500. To the south of Wanlip is Wanlip Meadows, a Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust nature reserve. To the north is a Severn Trent sewage treatment plant, serving a population of more than half a million; the Cedars Academy lies to the south at the edge of Birstall. To the east lies the 14 hectare Reedbed Local Nature Reserve, part of the Watermead Country Park. Wanlip is the site of a 132-metre-high wind turbine which went into operation at the end of 2013. Folk rhyme about a giant called Bell who boasted that he could reach Leicester in three leaps, mentioning Wanlip as Onelep, a pun on "One Leap". An Iron Age settlement was unearthed just to the north of Wanlip and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered during the building of Longslade School in 1958,One of the earliest mentions of Wanlip is in Domesday book, where it is listed as Anelepe, among the lands given to Earl Aubrey by the King.
The land described includes a mill. The Earl's son Aubrey de Vere II went on to become Lord Chancellor; the surnames of the three families who have owned the manor over eight centuries are: Walsh 1230-1526 Aston 1526-1626 Palmer 1626-today William Wilberforce, the 19th century MP and leading abolitionist, lived for some years at Wanlip Hall. There are four listed buildings in Wanlip: a brick ice house, the church of Our Lady and St. Nicholas, Manor Farm and Hall Farm. Much of the structure of this parish church was erected in the 13th and 14th centuries but there have been a variety of alterations, including changes made in the 19th century and the south aisle, built in 1904; the walls are constructed of granite rubble with ashlar dressing. It is a Grade II listed building; the chancel floor is notable for housing the brass that commemorates Sir Thomas Walsh and his wife Katherine. This comprises the figures of the couple with a border, the earliest surviving example of an English inscription for a high-status tomb monument.
The inscription reads: “Here lyes Thomas Walssh knyght lorde of Anlep and dame Katine his wife whiche in her tyme made the kirke of Anlep and halud the kirkyerd first in Wurchip of god and of oure lady and seynt Nicholas that god have her soules and mercy anno domini millesimo CCC nonagesimo tercio.” The memorial is the subject of a detailed article by Nigel Saul, who commented that the church is a distinguished building incorporating motifs from the state apartments at Kenilworth Castle, commissioned by John of Gaunt, with whom Sir Thomas Walsh was connected. In the churchyard is a substantial headstone with the following epitaph: "Sacred to the memory of Rasselas Morjan, born at Macadi on the confines of Abyssinia and died at Wanlip Hall August 25th 1839 in the 19th year of his age. Rescued from a state of slavery in this life and enabled by God's grace to become a member of his Church he rests here in the hope of a greater deliverance hereafter; this stone is raised in remembrance of his blameless life by one whom he loved."
Wanlip is said to be unusual because in 1906 the land there was all owned by just one family - the Palmers. The Baronetcy at Wanlip has been held by the family since 1791 when it was awarded to Charles Grave Hudson. Notable members of the family include the artist Caroline Harriet Abraham and her father Charles Thomas Hudson Palmer, 2nd Baronet. Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, father of socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, is a landowner in Wanlip and Birstall, responsible for the Hallam Fields development in next-door Birstall; the current holder of the baronetcy is 8th baronet. Leicestershire Parish Councils - Wanlip Village Wanlip on Leicestershirevillages.com Birstall Wanlip councillors Birstall Post, a community newspaper A map of Wanlip polling district Wanlip Parish Website