Enderby, Leicestershire

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Coordinates: 52°35′02″N 1°12′46″W / 52.583860°N 1.212730°W / 52.583860; -1.212730

Enderby Parish Church 2011.jpg
Enderby Parish Church
Enderby is located in Leicestershire
 Enderby shown within Leicestershire
Population 5,648 [1]
OS grid reference SK596088
District Blaby
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE19
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Blaby
List of places

Enderby is a civil parish in the district of Blaby, in Leicestershire, England. It is situated on the south western outskirts of the city of Leicester and has a population of 5,648 at the time of the 2001 census.[1]

The parish consists of the village of Enderby and St John's which is separated from the main village by the M1 motorway and is situated either side of the B4114 between Fosse Shopping Park and Narborough. St John's also lies close to the deserted village of Alderby near to the River Soar. Also located within the civil parish of Enderby although not part of the main village are the out-of-town shopping parks of Fosse Shopping Park and Grove Farm Triangle, the business park, Grove Park[disambiguation needed] and the Everards Brewery.

Enderby is bordered by the City of Leicester and the civil parishes of Lubbesthorpe, Glen Parva, Narborough, Whetstone and Braunstone Town .

According to the Enderby Heritage group, the definitive origin of the name cannot be established.[2]


Enderby Hall was the ancestral home of the Smith family when the paternal line ended. The hall was left to Charles Loraine who took the name Charles Loraine Smith. He was a traveller, politician, artist and fox hunting celebrity.[3]

The village[edit]

One of the oldest buildings in Enderby

Enderby is in the former UK Parliamentary Constituency of Blaby. The Blaby Constituency changed its name at the Parliamentary election of May 2010 to South Leicestershire Constituency.[citation needed] It is represented by the Conservative MP Andrew Robathan in the House of Commons.[citation needed]

A disused railway line known locally as ‘Whistle Way’ lies to the north of the village, and has since become the western edge of the Enderby and Narborough areas.[citation needed] This branch line used to link the now disused Enderby Warren Quarry with the Birmingham to Peterborough Line approx 1 km south-west of Narborough railway station, but there never was a passenger service or indeed an Enderby station.[citation needed]


Schools attended by the children and teenagers of Enderby usually consist of:

Shops and amenities[edit]

The village centre has a newsagents, petrol station, florists, beauty salon, delicatessen, library, cafe, bookmakers, and hand car wash.[citation needed] It has two 'The Co-operative Food' stores within metres of each other.[citation needed] The original store on Mill Lane is owned by Midlands Co-operative Society Limited.[citation needed] The new store on Cross Street is owned by Co-operative Group Limited based in Manchester who took over the store following their acquisition of Somerfield.[citation needed] As of the 4th of April 2011, The Co-operative Cross Street will be home to Enderby's post office as late 2010, the post master announced his retirement.[citation needed] Due to being run by different co-operative societies the stores are effectively in competition with each other.[citation needed]

Enderby has a large leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, squash courts and sports hall for badminton and 5-a-side football.[citation needed] There is also a 9 hole pay and play golf course.[citation needed]

The head office of clothing retailer Next (clothing) is also located in Enderby.[citation needed]


Enderby Town Football Club was founded in 1900. They remained in the local Leicestershire Senior League for many years until 1969 when they left the league. In 1972 they joined the Southern League where they remained for the rest of their existence. In 1983, the club changed its name to Leicester United F.C. which was wound up in 1996.[7] Enderby Town Football Club was the club of Chris Balderstone after he stopped playing professional football for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South.[citation needed] At the time Balderstone was part way through his long career as a professional cricketer for Leicestershire.[citation needed]


Enderby was the location where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year old schoolgirl in 1986.[8] He also killed a girl of the same age in nearby Narborough in 1983. Initially a 17-year old youth was suspected, and even confessed to one of the murders, but DNA testing cleared him.[9] Following what was the first mass DNA screening of an entire community, Pitchfork was the first person to be arrested and convicted of a crime using DNA profiling.[10][11][12][13]

Transport links[edit]


Enderby is situated close to the M1 and M69 motorways. The B4114 and B582 both run through Enderby.


Enderby is served by the following bus services:

  • 50 & 50a operated by Arriva Midlands - Leicester City Centre to Narborough/Croft via Fosse Shopping Park
  • 140 operated by Centrebus - Leicester City Centre to Rugby
  • 148 operated by Thurmaston Bus - Leicester City Centre - Sharnford

Park and Ride[edit]

The Enderby Park and Ride situated on the corner of B4114 St John's and Leicester Lane opposite Leicestershire Constabulary Headquarters and Palmers Garden Centre, opened on 16 November 2009. It has parking for 1000 cars. Buses run every fifteen minutes into Leicester city centre from 7am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Stops include Smith Way (Grove Park) and St. Nicholas Circle (stand PA). Timetable The Park & Ride was built despite objections from some Enderby residents[14] concerning increased traffic congestion in the area.


Rail transport is provided by the nearby Narborough railway station on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. Trains are operated by CrossCountry and provide regular services to Leicester, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Birmingham.


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