Worthington, Leicestershire

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Worthington is located in Leicestershire
 Worthington shown within Leicestershire
Population 1,350 (parish) (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SK4020
Civil parish Worthington
District North West Leicestershire
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Postcode district LE65
Dialling code 01530
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament North West Leicestershire
Website Worthington Parish Council
List of places

Coordinates: 52°46′52″N 1°23′53″W / 52.781°N 1.398°W / 52.781; -1.398

Worthington village seen from Middle Brand, with Breedon-on-the-Hill in the distance

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.


Worthington's toponym may derive from the family name "Werden"[2] or a man called "Weorth".[3]

The Domesday Book of 1086 records Henry de Ferrers as holding four carucates of land at "Werditone"."[2][4]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Matthew is Norman.[5] Most of its present windows were added in the 13th century and the remainder were added in about 1300.[5] Fragments remain of a Perpendicular Gothic screen that was added later in the Middle Ages.[5] St. Matthew's is now part of the United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington.[6]

The parish lock-up is believed to have been built late in the 18th century.[7] It is an octagonal building[5] with an octagonal spire but is called the Round House.[7] It is built of brick and is a scheduled monument.[7]

Worthington Methodist Chapel was built in 1820.[8]

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.

Worthington Primary school[9] opened in about 1926.[4] The school use an image of the 'Round House' as their logo.

The parish was predominantly rural until the 20th century, when the village was rapidly expanded[citation needed] to house workers for nearby collieries including New Lount Colliery.[10] By the 1990s many of the local collieries had ceased operating and the village began to lose its mining identity.

Local nicknames for Worthington have included "Paraffin City" due to its late adoption of electricity, and "Yawny Box"[4] which is an obsolete Derbyshire word for a donkey.[11]


Worthington has a public house, the Malt Shovel Inn.[12] It used to have another pub called the Swan.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The parish is in the hunting country of the Quorn Hunt.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Area selected: North West Leicestershire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ Mills & Room, 2003, page not cited
  4. ^ a b c Walker, Ralph (April 2001). "Part 1". Worthington Remembered. The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Pevsner, 1960, page 268
  6. ^ http://www.benefice.org.uk/index.phpUnited Benefice of Breedon and Worthington
  7. ^ a b c "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. 
  8. ^ "Methodist Chapel". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Worthington Primary School
  10. ^ Walker, Ralph (April 2001). "Part 3". Worthington Remembered. The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Wright, 1857, page 1035
  12. ^ http://www.marstonspubcompany.co.uk/pubs/view/15224Marston Pub Company: Malt Shovel Inn

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