Enderby Parish Church
Enderby shown within Leicestershire
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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.
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.
According to the Enderby Heritage group, the definitive origin of the name cannot be established.
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.
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. It is represented by the Conservative MP Andrew Robathan in the House of Commons.
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. 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.
Schools attended by the children and teenagers of Enderby usually consist of:
- Danemill Primary School
- Brockington College
- Lutterworth College (formerly Lutterworth Grammar School until 2007)
Shops and amenities
The village centre has a newsagents, petrol station, florists, beauty salon, delicatessen, library, cafe, bookmakers, and hand car wash. It has two 'The Co-operative Food' stores within metres of each other. The original store on Mill Lane is owned by Midlands Co-operative Society Limited. 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. 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. Due to being run by different co-operative societies the stores are effectively in competition with each other.
Enderby has a large leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, squash courts and sports hall for badminton and 5-a-side football. There is also a 9 hole pay and play golf course.
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. 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. At the time Balderstone was part way through his long career as a professional cricketer for Leicestershire.
Enderby was the location where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year old schoolgirl in 1986. 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. 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.
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
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 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.
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Enderby CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- Fact sheet 1 Enderby Heritage Group
- Charles Loraine Smith, History of Parliament, retrieved 8 June 2014
- Danemill School Website
- Brockington College Website
- Lutterworth College Website
- Enderby Town at the Football Club History Database
- BBC News - 20 Years of DNA Evidence
- Forensic Science Service - Colin Pitchfork - first murder conviction on DNA evidence also clears the prime suspect
- Leicester University - Genetics History
- Canadian National DNA Bank - Colin Pitchfork
- Times Online - The DNA scientist who made individuals of us all
- The Telegraph - Great Britons: How the DNA dude changed life
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- Enderby Eye
- Enderby Heritage Group
- Enderby Parish Church
- UK & Ireland Genealogy page for Enderby
- Park and Ride Enderby