Great Easton, Leicestershire

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Great Easton is a village and civil parish in the Harborough District of Leicestershire, England. The parish had a population of 558 according to the 2001 census.[1] The village sits in the Welland Valley in the rolling south Leicestershire countryside.

Overview[edit]

It is located in the extreme south-east of the county and is very close to the borders with Northamptonshire and Rutland. It is just south of the Eyebrook Reservoir. Nearby places are Bringhurst and Drayton in Leicestershire, Caldecott in Rutland, and Rockingham and Cottingham in Northamptonshire. The nearest town is Corby in Northamptonshire.

The village has public transport services to Corby town centre, Oakham and Uppingham, Market Harborough town centre and St Margaret's Bus Station in Leicester.

The village also formerly had a cricket team, but after the playing field was destroyed they relocated to Rockingham Castle and now go by the name of Old Eastonians.

Newspapers available in Great Easton are the Harborough Mail and the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph. Radio stations that can be picked up in the village are Connect 97.2 & 107.4, Harborough FM, BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Radio Leicester.

Great Easton is also home to the Opera Minima, which is an opera/theatre group registered as a charitable trust and based at the Old Corset Factory in the village and is sponsored by Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council, Creative LeicesterShire and the Welland Sub-Regional Strategic Partnership.

The parish is protected and served by Leicestershire Constabulary (Harborough North Division).

The local telephone dialling code is the Kettering and Corby code (01536) due to its proximity to Northamptonshire.

Great Easton is the largest village and civil parish in South-East Leicestershire, however is only a small village itself. Many people who live in Great Easton commute to work in the nearby towns of Corby and Kettering in neighbouring Northants, to Market Harborough and indeed the county town, Leicester.

Local Government and Politics[edit]

Great Easton is a civil parish in the District of Harborough however, as the boundaries of Harborough Parliamentary constituency differs to those of Harborough District, it forms part of the Rutland and Melton Parliamentary constituency. Great Easton is in the Nevill Ward of Harborough District Council and is represented by Cllr David Beaty (Con).

Time Team[edit]

Great Easton was visited by archaeological television programme Time Team and the finds included 14th century pottery, a brick surface thought to be related to the village's old slaughterhouse and a Chinese "cash coin". It appeared on Channel 4 as part of Time Team's Big Dig.[2] The Chinese "cash coin" was placed in the ground for a joke by a local and made the feature in that episode.

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Coordinates: 52°31′44″N 0°45′07″W / 52.529°N 0.752°W / 52.529; -0.752