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Wanlip is a small village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, with 68 properties and a population of about 150. It is a countryside village, north of Birstall, and west of Watermead Country Park and the River Soar. The A46 road runs directly past the village. Wanlip won the 2008 Leicester and Rutland Best Village Competition for villages with a population under 500.
To the south of Wanlip is Wanlip Meadows, a Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust nature reserve. To the north is a Severn Trent sewage treatment plant, serving a population of more than half a million. Longslade Community College lies to the south at the edge of Birstall. To the east lies the 14 hectare Reedbed Local Nature Reserve, part of the Watermead Country Park.
One of the earliest mentions of Wanlip is in the Domesday book, where it is listed as Anelepe, among the lands given to Earl Aubrey by the King. The land described includes a mill. The Earl's son Aubrey de Vere II went on to become Lord Chancellor.
William Wilberforce, the 19th century MP and leading abolitionist, lived for some years at Wanlip Hall. The grave of a young Abyssinian named Rasselas Morjan lies in the churchyard of Our Lady and St. Nicholas; he died "at Wanlip Hall, August 25th, 1839, in the 19th year of his age, rescued from a state of slavery".
The Baronetcy at Wanlip has been held by the Palmer family since 1791. Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, father of socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, is a major landowner in Wanlip and Birstall, responsible for the Hallam Fields development in next-door Birstall.
The current holder of the baronetcy is Sir John Edward Somerset Palmer, 8th baronet
- Census 2001 Wanlip Parish Profile
- Wanlip winner. Birstall Post, October 2008
- Sewage gas used to power facility. BBC Leicestershire, 28 August 2005
- "Local Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "Huge Wanlip wind turbine plan gets approval", BBC, 15 June 2011, retrieved 2011-07-03
- Northall, G.F. (2004). English Folk Rhymes 1892. Kessinger Publishing. p. 576. ISBN 1-4179-7804-X, 9781417978045 Check
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- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p.652 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
- Blair, Bridget: Rasselas Morjan. BBC Leicester, 20 March 2007
- Liddle P: An Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Wanlip, Leicestershire. Trans. Leicestershire Archaeol. Hist. Soc. 1979
- Beamish, M: A Middle Iron Age site at Wanlip, Leicestershire. Trans. Leicestershire Archaeol. Hist. Soc. 1998
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- Birstall Wanlip councillors
- Birstall Post, a community newspaper
- A map of Wanlip polling district