Borough of Charnwood

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Borough of Charnwood
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Leicestershire
Admin. HQ Loughborough
 • Type Charnwood Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Conservative
 • MPs: Edward Argar,
Nicky Morgan
 • Total 107.7 sq mi (279.0 km2)
Area rank 147th
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 179,400
 • Rank Ranked 101st
 • Density 1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 31UC (ONS)
E07000130 (GSS)
Ethnicity 91.7% White
6.0% S.Asian
1.3% Afro-Caribbean

The Borough of Charnwood is a local government district with borough status in the north of Leicestershire, England, which has a population of 166,100 as of the 2011 census.[1] It borders Melton to the east, Harborough to the south east, Leicester and Blaby to the south, Hinckley and Bosworth to the south west, North West Leicestershire to the west and Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire to the north. It is named after Charnwood Forest, an area which the borough contains much of.

The administrative centre of the borough is located in Loughborough, which is also the district's largest town and its main commercial centre. The town is also the location of Loughborough University. Other notable settlements include Shepshed, Syston, Birstall and Thurmaston.


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.[2]

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 two population centres and close to the River Soar, including Quorn, Barrow-on-Soar, Mountsorrel, Birstall, Sileby, Thurmaston, Syston, Queniborough and East Goscote.

To the south of the borough Birstall, Queniborough, Thurmaston and Syston, form part of the Leicester Urban Area, while Quorn and Shepshed (the second largest town in the district), amongst others, might be considerered to be part of a Loughborough urban agglomeration.

The highest point is Beacon Hill (248m/814 ft) to the north of the Charnwood Forest 'area of natural beauty' extending WN-west into the National Forest

Political representation[edit]

There are two Parliamentary constituencies covering the district. Charnwood is represented by the Conservative Edward Argar MP. Loughborough is represented by the Conservative Party's Nicky Morgan.


Charnwood is the largest borough by population in Leicestershire [3], and has the largest school population as well.

Population growth in Charnwood
Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2016 2021 2031
Population 89,980 103,282 127,046 132,170 141,759 153,428 166,100 179,400 188,250 207,000
Census [4] ONS [5] ONS Projections [6]



  1. ^ "Borough population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Charnwood Borough Council; The Mayoralty in Charnwood. Archived 20 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 31 January 2006.
  3. ^ excluding the City of Leicester part of Ceremonial Leicestershire
  4. ^ Vision of Britain through time
  5. ^ mid year estimate
  6. ^ ONS population projections 2014 base / projections uplifted by '21-1050/'31-1,400 given underestimation at 2016 - 1,100/

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Coordinates: 52°46′08″N 1°12′14″W / 52.769°N 1.204°W / 52.769; -1.204