Syston

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This article is about Syston in Leicestershire. For Syston in Lincolnshire, see Syston, Lincolnshire.

Coordinates: 52°42′N 1°05′W / 52.7°N 1.08°W / 52.7; -1.08

Syston
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The Green, Syston
Syston is located in Leicestershire
Syston
Syston
 Syston shown within Leicestershire
Population 11,508 (2001 Census)[1][2]
OS grid reference SK621118
District Charnwood (borough)
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEICESTER
Postcode district LE7
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Charnwood
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire

Syston (/ˈsstən/ SY-stən) is a town and civil parish in the district of Charnwood in Leicestershire, England. The population was 11,508 at the 2001 census.

Overview[edit]

There has been a settlement on the site for over 1000 years, the earliest records being in the Domesday book as Sitestone. The Roman road known as the Fosse Way passes through Syston, which is now largely a commuter town for the city of Leicester. Only the village of Thurmaston to the south separates it from Leicester.

The large and impressive Church of St Peter and St Paul is the most ancient building in Syston, built in pink granite and white limestone with a proud west tower topped by a lozenge frieze, battlements and pinnacles.[3] The church mostly dates from the 15th Century but there is a 13th Century sedilia in the chancel and a tomb recess in the south aisle of the early 14th Century.[4] The stone arcading inside the nave has striking Perpendicular Gothic panelling which is also seen on the tower arch and in the clerestory. The nave roof of timber is also 15th Century.[4] The local architect Frederick Webster Ordish (1821-1885) extensively restored the church in 1871-72 and in 1881 he extended the nave by one bay and rebuilt the chancel.[4] Ordish lived at Queniborough Old Hall.[5] In 1855 he had added the upper storey, with its tower and bridge staircase, to the Corn Exchange in Leicester Market Place.[6] He died as a result of an accident near the old Syston Railway Station in September 1885.

The Midland Main Line runs through the town. Syston railway station currently has one platform on what remains of the former goods line, served by local Leicester to Lincoln via Nottingham and Newark services on the Ivanhoe Line.

In the mid-20th century, greyhound racing was staged at a stadium on Mostyn Avenue.[7]

The 'Syston white plum' is well known in the Syston locality and has been grown there for well over 100 years. It is yellow, oval in shape, thin skinned and a good sized dessert plum. It normally crops in September and is emblazoned on the Syston Town welcoming signs.[8]

Syston is the location of the headquarters of Pukka Pies, which is one of the largest employers in the town, employing 250 people.[9]

Melton road from the brook bridge.
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Syston. The church is mostly of the 15th Century.

The River Soar runs past the western edge of the town, shortly after passing under the A46 road which underwent significant improvements early in 2006 at the Hobby Horse Roundabout, a popular meeting place on the Leicester Western Bypass.

Syston is home to two monthly, village publications: The Syston Town News and The Syston Directory.

Notable residents[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

Local organisations[edit]

The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a military based youth organisation for 13–20 year olds and the local squadron (No 1181 Syston Squadron) is based in the grounds of Wreake Valley Academy.

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