Borough of Charnwood
|Borough of Charnwood|
Shown within Leicestershire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Type||Charnwood Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Stephen Dorrell,
|• Total||107.7 sq mi (279.0 km2)|
|Population (mid-2014 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 105th|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (620/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||31UC (ONS)
The Borough of Charnwood is a borough of northern Leicestershire, England. It is named after Charnwood Forest, which it contains. Loughborough is the largest town in the district and serves as the borough's administrative and commercial centre.
The district of Charnwood was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the municipal borough of Loughborough, the Shepshed urban district and the Barrow upon Soar Rural District. It was then granted borough status on 15 May 1974.
The symbol of Charnwood Borough Council is the fox, historically linked with Leicestershire, and this is also the symbol used by Leicestershire County Council. Charnwood also contains Quorn, which is believed[by whom?] to be the birthplace of fox-hunting.
To the south it borders the City of Leicester, about 20 km away from Loughborough. There is a moderately urbanised A6 corridor between the towns and close to the River Soar, including Quorn, Barrow-on-Soar, Mountsorrel, Birstall, Thurmaston, Syston and East Goscote. Shepshed, to the west of Loughborough, is the other major town in the district. The highest point is Beacon Hill (248m/814 ft).
There are two Parliamentary constituencies covering the district. Charnwood is represented by the Conservative Stephen Dorrell, the former National Heritage Secretary (1994-5) and Health Secretary (1995-7) during John Major's government. Loughborough is represented by the Conservative Party's Nicky Morgan.
Charnwood is the largest borough by population in Leicestershire, and has the largest school population as well.
- Barkby, Barkby Thorpe, Barrow upon Soar, Beeby, Birstall, Burton on the Wolds
- Cossington, Cotes
- East Goscote
- Hathern, Hoton
- Newtown Linford
- Queniborough, Quorn
- Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Rearsby, Rothley
- Seagrave, Shepshed, Sileby, South Croxton, Swithland, Syston
- Thrussington, Thurcaston and Cropston, Thurmaston
- Walton on the Wolds, Wanlip, Woodhouse, Wymeswold
- Charnwood Borough Council; The Mayoralty in Charnwood. Accessed 31 January 2006.