Worthington shown within Leicestershire
|Population||1,350 (parish) (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|District||North West Leicestershire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||North West Leicestershire|
|Website||Worthington Parish Council|
Worthington is a village and civil parish in North West Leicestershire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the town of Coalville and a similar distance north-east of the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The village is about 5 miles (8 km) from East Midlands Airport and junction 23a of the M1 motorway where it meets the A42 road. The parish also includes the hamlet of Newbold.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Matthew is Norman. Most of its present windows were added in the 13th century and the remainder were added in about 1300. Fragments remain of a Perpendicular Gothic screen that was added later in the Middle Ages. St. Matthew's is now part of the United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington.
The parish lock-up is believed to have been built late in the 18th century. It is an octagonal building with an octagonal spire but is called the Round House. It is built of brick and is a scheduled monument.
In 1874 the Midland Railway extended its Melbourne branch through Worthington parish to Ashby-de-la-Zouch and opened Worthington railway station to serve the village. The Midland's successor the London, Midland and Scottish Railway withdrew the line's passenger service in the 1930s and British Railways closed the line to freight traffic in 1980.
The parish was predominantly rural until the 20th century, when the village was rapidly expanded to house workers for nearby collieries including New Lount Colliery. By the 1990s many of the local collieries had ceased operating and the village began to lose its mining identity.
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The village has a post office.
National Cycle Route 6 passes through the parish, and at the site of the former railway station it joins the trackbed of the former railway to Melbourne, Derbyshire. In the parish the cycle route is called the Cloud Trail.
- "Area selected: North West Leicestershire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Dane, Rev. H.A. (April 2001). "Saint Matthew's, Worthington, a Short Guide". Saint Matthew's Church, Worthington. The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Mills & Room, 2003, page not cited
- Walker, Ralph (April 2001). "Part 1". Worthington Remembered. The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Pevsner, 1960, page 268
- http://www.benefice.org.uk/index.phpUnited Benefice of Breedon and Worthington
- "Lock up known as The Round House, at the junction of Church Street and St Matthew's Avenue". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 7 June 2000. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Methodist Chapel". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Worthington Primary School
- Walker, Ralph (April 2001). "Part 3". Worthington Remembered. The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Wright, 1857, page 1035
- http://www.marstonspubcompany.co.uk/pubs/view/15224Marston Pub Company: Malt Shovel Inn
Sources and further reading
- Dawson, John (2003). Hand-one-down Hearsays of the Parish of Breedon, Griffydam, Isley Walton, Langley, Lount, Newbold, Scotland, Staunton Harold, Tonge, Wilson and Worthington 1870-1970. Breedon: Rev. John Dawson. p. 188.
- Mills, A.D.; Room, A. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. not cited. ISBN 0-19-852758-6.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1960). Leicestershire and Rutland. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 268.
- Wright, Thomas, ed. (1857). Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing words from the English writers previous to the Nineteenth Century which are no longer in use, or are not used in the same sense. And words which are now used only in the provincial dialects.. II G–Z. London: Henry G. Bohn. p. 1035.
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