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Glenfield is a village and civil parish in Leicestershire, England. It is part of the Blaby district, and has a population of about 10,000. Its location at the northwestern fringe of the city of Leicester effectively makes it a suburb, although it is politically and administratively separate. The parish is formally named Glenfields, dating from the merger of the ancient Glenfield parish with Glenfield Frith.
The village is directly to the west of Leicester and is just off junction 21A of the M1 motorway. It is the site of the headquarters of Leicestershire County Council, and of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. It also gives its name to Glenfield Hospital, although the hospital is actually across the city border in Leicester.
The heart of the community is around the Square, with St Peter's Church (CofE), the church hall, the ruins of the former church, and the post office on Church Road, the Methodist Church and Hall and the public library (offering generous Internet access) just inside Station Road, and Park House (parish council), the Memorial Hall, Scout Hut, playground, Glenfield Primary School and the nursery school all located just inside Stamford Street. The Hall County Primary School is located on Glenfield Frith Drive. Situated close to the Hall school is Faire Road commonly known for the row of shops situated there.
The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the village was greatly enlarged in the 1920s-50s, when the Faire Estate was built. In the 1980s and 1990s another large estate was built on former farm land behind Ellis Park.
Glenfield was the site of the first station from Leicester West Bridge on the Leicester and Swannington Railway opened on 17 July 1832 as the world's third steam railway. Just before reaching the station the line passed through Glenfield Tunnel, which at 1 mile 36 yards long was at the time the world's longest railway tunnel and was built by Robert Stephenson. The Glenfield end of the tunnel can still be seen.
Glenfield has its own village newspaper, The Glenfield Gazette, and the parish council own several areas of recreational land, including Ellis Park, Station Park and the Playing Fields. Near to the A50 and the boundary with Groby is the "Millennium Green", which is managed by a local trust. The Gynsills Nature Area can be found at the junction of Gynsill Lane and Stelle Way. A small area of mature trees and a pond, once part of the Gynsills Estate parkland, now an area promoting biodiversity and nature conservation.
The area known as "The Square" was once more of a road and contained many more shops, mostly owned by the Stockley family. These were knocked down in the fifties and sixties to accommodate the roundabout and the maisonettes were built in place of the grocers, post office and butchers shop.
The Australian pioneer and explorer Charles Throsby was born in Glenfield in 1777. Stamford Street was the home of painter Bryan Organ. Salcombe Drive was the home of the pundit Graham Barnfield. Leicester Road was the home of Alderman Bertram Powell, from the late 1930s to his death in 1969. The British dramatist and playwright David Campton was a resident of Liberty Road, Glenfield up till his death in 2006. Another notable resident is David Nugent and Chris Wood, who both live in the rich part of Glenfield. They both play for Leicester City and moved to Glenfield when they moved to Leicester City.
On Station Road there is a large Co-Op superstore with petrol station, Glenfield Kitchens, Morningside Pharmacy, Glenfield Television, and a few other small shops. There are also shops around the Square, Stamford Street and Faire Road. The Square has a butchers shop, M C Tuff & Son, a rarity in the early 21st century, as the trend is towards the use of large supermarkets. In 2010 Malcome Tuff retired, passing his store on to SJ Langton, where the shop now trades under this name.
Food and drink
There are a variety of pubs, take-away, restaurants and hotels in the Glenfield area. These include the Nag's Head, the Forge (formerly the Griffin), the Gynsills and the Railway Inn (near to the site of the former Glenfield Station). There are Chinese and fish and chip takeaways, and Cypriot and Indian restaurants in the village.
Glenfield is only 3 miles (5 km) away from Leicester, and 1.5 miles (2 km) from the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre. The M1 can be easily accessed at Junction 21a to the South of the village (Southbound only), which makes Fosse Shopping Park accessible. The M1 North can be reached in minutes along the A50 towards Markfield, Groby and Coalville.
- Wallop, Harry (27 December 2007). "Up to 3,000 traditional shops quit high street". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
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