Croxton Kerrial

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Croxton Kerrial
Croxton Kerrial.jpg
A view towards Croxton Kerrial
Croxton Kerrial is located in Leicestershire
Croxton Kerrial
Croxton Kerrial
Croxton Kerrial shown within Leicestershire
Population 530 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK835295
• London 97 miles (156 km) SSE
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRANTHAM
Postcode district NG32
Dialling code 01476
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
UK
England
LeicestershireCoordinates: 52°51′24″N 0°45′32″W / 52.856625°N 0.758997°W / 52.856625; -0.758997

Croxton Kerrial (pronounced "crow-sun kerry-ul" [ˈkroʊsən ˈkɛrɨl]) is a village and civil parish in the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. It is 6.6 miles (10.6 km) to the southwest of Grantham and 7.9 miles (12.7 km) northeast of Melton Mowbray—0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of Leicestershire's boundary with Lincolnshire. The civil parish of Croxton Kerrial, which includes the outlying hamlet of Branston, had a population of 490 in 2001,[1][2]Increasing to 530 at the 2011 census.

History[edit]

In medieval times, Croxton Abbey, a Premonstratensian house, lay within the locality.

Governance[edit]

Lying across the historic county boundaries of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire from a very early time, Croxton Kerrial once formed an ancient parish within the hundred of Framland.[3]

From 1894 to 1935, Croxton Kerrial formed part of the Belvoir Rural District, when it was amalgamated into Melton and Belvoir Rural District, both of which were within the administrative county of Leicestershire.[3]

In 1974, as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Croxton Kerrial was transferred into the newly created non-metropolitan district of Melton, though it remained within the county of Leicestershire.

Geography[edit]

Croxton Kerrial can be described as a hilly area, with the highest point within the locality being five hundred feet above sea level.[4] Nearby Branston lies much lower. Much of the land surrounding Croxton Kerrial is arable, and has been used as farmland for centuries.

Nearby places are Knipton and Harston (both in Belvoir parish), Belvoir Castle, Hungerton (over the border in Lincolnshire), Eaton and Sproxton. South Croxton is a separate village and civil parish in the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, named with reference to its situation south of Croxton Kerrial.

Landmarks[edit]

Croxton Kerrial Church of England Primary School converted to academy status in 2013 under the Leicester Diocese Charitable Trust.[5] An Ofsted report in June 2015 graded the school as good. It had a roll of 73.[6]

A local landmark is the "Croxton Water Spout", part of an old water system sourced from a local spring which was refurbished in 2003 as part of the Millennium celebrations.

The local Anglican church - part of the Diocese of Leicester - is dedicated to both Saint Botolph and Saint John the Baptist. There is a former Methodist chapel in the village.[7]

Southwest of the village (beyond Croxton Park) at grid reference SK814265 is the disused Croxton Park racecourse. Its last meeting was on 2 April 1914.[8]

Sport[edit]

Croxton Kerrial currently has one senior football team, CK Dons, who play in the Leicester and District Football League.

Croxton also has a Sunday cricket team, who play in the GMCA Division 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001. "Croxton Kerrial CP (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  2. ^ Leicestershire County Council (2001). "Census 2001 Parish Profile: Croxton Kerrial" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b A Vision of Britain through Time. "A vision of Croxton Kerrial AP/CP". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  4. ^ meltononline.co.uk (2006). "Croxton Kerrial and Branston - About the Parish Council". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  5. ^ School site Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ Ofsted report Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ Conservation area [www.melton.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/.../croxton_kerrialpdf.pdf Retrieved 4 April 2016.]
  8. ^ Sporting Chronicle

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