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Catthorpe is located in Leicestershire
Catthorpe shown within Leicestershire
Population 173 (2011)
OS grid reference SP552780
Civil parish
  • Catthorpe
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE17
Dialling code 01788
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′53″N 1°11′20″W / 52.398°N 1.189°W / 52.398; -1.189Coordinates: 52°23′53″N 1°11′20″W / 52.398°N 1.189°W / 52.398; -1.189

Catthorpe is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. It is located beside the River Avon and close to the A5 road, and hence close to the tripoint formed by Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire; the nearest town is Rugby, around 4 miles (6.4 km) to the southwest. According to the 2001 Census, the parish had a population of 179, falling slightly to 173 at the 2011 census.[1]

Catthorpe gives its name to the nearby road junction formed by the M1 and M6 motorways and the A14 road, which is known to be regularly congested owing to its non-standard design. The A14 passes under both motorways; these underpasses were built in the 1960s for the former A427, which passed through Catthorpe. In 2009, the Highways Agency announced their preferred design for the upgrade of the junction after a public consultation in 2008.[2]

Catthorpe briefly came to national attention in 1999 when the alleged war criminal Konrāds Kalējs was discovered to be living at a nursing home near the village.[3]

The parish church, dedicated to St Thomas, dates from the 14th century and is Grade II* listed.[4] There is a local pub called the Cherry Tree and a locally famous Farm shop and restaurant, both are located on Main Street.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme". Highways Agency. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Police examine 'Nazi' war record". BBC News. 29 December 1999. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Thomas, Catthorpe". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 

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