Thurmaston

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Not to be confused with Thurcaston, Thurlaston, or Thurvaston.

Coordinates: 52°40′31″N 1°05′57″W / 52.67528°N 1.09926°W / 52.67528; -1.09926

Thurmaston
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Thurmaston is located in Leicestershire
Thurmaston
Thurmaston
 Thurmaston shown within Leicestershire
Population 9,668 
OS grid reference SK608090
District Charnwood
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE4
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Charnwood
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England
Leicestershire

Thurmaston is a village and civil parish in Leicestershire, England, located within the Borough of Charnwood. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 9,668.[1]

It is situated four miles north of the city of Leicester and lies just outside the A563, Leicester's outer ring road.

History and geography[edit]

The Top House pub on Melton Road

Thurmaston is bounded to the west by Watermead Country Park (which faces onto Birstall), to the north by Syston and to the east by Barkby and Barkby Thorpe. South of Thurmaston is Rushey Mead and the boundaries of the Leicester urban area.

Rushey Mead was formerly part of the Thurmaston parish in the 19th century, before becoming a Thurmaston Urban District in 1894. In 1935, the district was annexed to the city of Leicester where it took its modern-day name of Rushey Mead.

Thurmaston is split in two by the A607 dual carriageway, which by-passes the main village. To the east of the road is the mostly residential, newer part of Thurmaston. To the west is the main village on Melton Road, which stands on the old Fosse Way, the historic road built by the Romans. Thurmaston lies on the eastern banks of the River Soar, and two marinas are located there, one of which is also a boat-yard, and numerous mooring sites. These lead to the Watermead Country Park which is a purpose-built nature reserve.

The Midland Main Line also runs through the eastern half of the village.

Melton Road, Thurmaston

Notable persons and companies[edit]

Education[edit]

Thurmaston contains three Key Stages 1 and 2 primary schools:

It also contains a Key Stage 3 secondary school, The Roundhill Academy, which takes in students from all the aforementioned schools in the village, as well as schools in the neighbouring town of Syston.

Students in Thurmaston aged 14–18 generally go on to attend Wreake Valley Academy in Syston, which is the nearest Key Stage 4 college in the Charnwood district.

Facilities[edit]

St. Michael's & All Angels Church

Thurmaston's prominent location on the edge of Leicester has seen much development in recent years. On 31 March 2003, a large Asda superstore opened on Barkby Thorpe Lane, pushing the nearby Midlands Co-op superstore out of business.[2][3] The Thurmaston Shopping Centre, featuring a number of retail outlets and restaurants, was built on the site of the old Co-op superstore in 2005.

The main village stretch, along Melton Road, has several pubs, takeaway food outlets, convenience stores and various other small retail establishments. The head offices of Arriva Midlands are also located in the village, along with Arriva's Thurmaston depot where the majority of their buses and drivers that operate in Leicester are based.

As well as many other industrial sites along Melton Road, Thurmaston also contains the Earls Way Industrial Estate in the eastern half of the village.

The village has its own newspaper,The Thurmaston Times which is published bi-monthly. The village has a local history society, Thurmaston Heritage Group, whose members help promote an interest in different aspects of both past and present village life. One particular activity being pursued by a member of the group is the creation of an online virtual war memorial. The Thurmaston Military Indexes are being compiled to provide a listing of all those from the village who served their country in the Great War of 1914-1918 and the 1939-1945 War.

The village also has its own community centre, Elizabeth Park Sports and Community Centre, which has become a popular wedding venue and also offers a range of sports and facilities including badminton and a state of the art 3G football pitch. The facility was built in 1996, and is home to Thurmaston Parish Council Offices. Elizabeth Park is also host to many of the local communities sports teams, such as Thurmaston Town FC and Thurmaston Bowls club.

Public transport[edit]

Thurmaston is served by a number of bus companies including Arriva, First in Leicester and Centrebus. The nearest railway station is in Syston.

Twin towns[edit]

Surrounding area[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neighbourhood statistics - Thurmaston CP". Office for national statistics. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  2. ^ "The Co-op is in for a rough ride". The Grocer. 8 March 2003. 
  3. ^ "Blighted co-op closes". The Grocer. 15 November 2003. 

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