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Belgrave
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Belgrave is located in Leicestershire
Belgrave
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Belgrave shown within Leicestershire
Population10,297 
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEICESTER
Postcode districtLE4
Dialling code0116
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52°39′24″N 1°07′35″W / 52.65660°N 1.12625°W / 52.65660; -1.12625Coordinates: 52°39′24″N 1°07′35″W / 52.65660°N 1.12625°W / 52.65660; -1.12625
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Belgrave is an electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England, consisting of the Leicester suburb of Belgrave in its entirety.

The old Belgrave Village is on the Loughborough Road, to the west of the A46, known at that point as 'Melton Road'.

Geography[edit]

Belgrave is bounded by the suburb of Rushey Mead to the north, the county village of Birstall to the north-west, Humberstone & Hamilton to the north-east, Latimer to the south, Charnwood to the east, Highfields to the south-east, Abbey to the west and The City Centre to the east and south-west.[1] It is located immediately north of the centre of Leicester, in the eastern part of the city. The old village part of Belgrave is close to the county border, which is located on the other side of the Red Hill Roundabout.

Etymology[edit]

The settlement was named in the Domesday Book as Merdegrave (from Old English mearð 'marten' + grāf 'grove'). However, after the Norman Conquest the first part of the name merde was taken to be Old French 'dung' or 'shit', hence the people changed it to Old French beu, bel 'fair', 'lovely', in order to remove that unpleasant association.

History[edit]

One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands given to Hugh de Grandmesnil[2] by the King. The land consisted of a mill, 24 acres (97,000 m2) of meadow and land for 6 ploughs.

The name was used for the large 19th-century terraced developments along the A46 (Belgrave Road and then Melton Road). This area now has a large, vibrant Asian community featuring The "Golden Mile", a stretch of road a mile long named that due to its particularly high concentration of jewellery shops.[3] The Asian community based in and around Belgrave road have been residents since the early-1970s.

The Belgrave Hall area is a conservation area.[4]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 UK Census, 104 Pacific Island-born people were residing in Belgrave, with many more being of Pacific Islander descent. This is the largest number for any location in the UK.[5]

The area, since the 1970s, has had a large Asian population, and is now predominately Asian.

Education[edit]

There are many primary schools in Belgrave, those being Belgrave St Peters Church of England Primary, Mellor Community Primary, Catherine Infants and Catherine Juniors, St Patrick's Catholic Primary and Abbey Primary. Rushey Mead Primary and Wyvern Primary are both located near to Belgrave in the neighbouring area of Rushey Mead and are attended by many schoolchildren from Belgrave. Also located nearby are Rushey Mead Academy, which is the best state-funded secondary school in Leicester and Leicestershire[6] and Soar Valley College. Leicester College’s Abbey Park Campus, to the north of Belgrave on the outskirts of the City Centre is a very busy college serving students from all across Leicester.

Places of Interest[edit]

The Belgrave Conservation Area, which includes a church dating back to the twelfth century and Belgrave Hall, a seventeenth century victorian mansion occupied by many families in the past including the prominent Ellis’. Formerly a museum and now a wedding venue, it is open to the public at certain times of the year for events centering around its large and well kept gardens. Belgrave Hall is also well known throughout the world for its paranormal activity, featuring on Most Haunted in 2003 and on other TV programmes. It made international news when two ghostly and unexplained figures appeared on CCTV at the back of the house, disappearing after a few seconds. Paranormal investigators from America visited the hall and conducted an investigation, which was recorded and is available on DVD.

The Golden Mile, a mile long stretch of road named Belgrave Road that includes many Asian jewellery, food and saree shops. This road is at the centre of annual Diwali celebrations in the city, having rows of lights that are switched on in front of thousands of visitors each year.

Transport[edit]

The Number 22 First bus travels from the City Centre through Belgrave via the A607 Belgrave Road and then Melton Road and then proceeds into Rushey Mead via Gipsy Lane and Gleneagles Avenue.

The Number 21 First service travels from the City Centre via the St Matthews estate onto Catherine Street and then onto Charnwood before eventually reaching its terminus in the nearby county village of Thurmaston.

Arriva services 5 and 5A travelling to and from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire travel through Belgrave on the A607 Belgrave and Melton Roads.

Arriva service 127 from Loughborough travels down Loughborough Road and then onto Belgrave Road at Melton Turn and proceeds into the City Centre.

The nearest bus stations, both located in the City Centre, are The Haymarket Bus Station, where buses to or from Belgrave start and terminate at and St Margaret’s Bus Station, which is mostly used for trips.

The nearest Train Station is Leicester Railway Station, located in the City Centre, 2.2 miles away from Belgrave.

The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport located in Leicestershire and 19.2 miles away from Belgrave.

Politics[edit]

Belgrave is located within the Leicester East parliamentary constituency, a safe Labour seat, currently represented by Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Former Councillors for Belgrave include Archibald Berridge and Ramnik Kavia, both of whom served as Lord Mayors of Leicester, and Colin Hall, the city's Lord Mayor from 2010-11 and a resident of the area since 1968.

The Belgrave ward is currently represented on Leicester City Council by Labour Councillors Manjula Sood and John Thomas.

Notable people[edit]

John Ellis - Quaker, noted liberal reformer, businessman, Chairman of Midland Railway, MP for Leicester and a former owner and resident, along with his family of Belgrave Hall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leicester City Council. "Ward Maps". Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin, 2003. p. 653 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-28722714
  4. ^ Leicester Council Conservation areas[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Pacific Islanders in Belgrave
  6. ^ https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/best-schools-leicestershire-according-real-1711561

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