Dunton Bassett

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Dunton Bassett village hall

Dunton Bassett is a small village in the Harborough District of Leicestershire. It lies between Leicester and Lutterworth, and close to Broughton Astley, Ashby Magna & Leire. It had a population of 795 at the 2001 UK census, falling to 759 at the 2011 census.[1]

The village has one pub (the Dunton Bassett Arms), a primary school, village hall and a combined village shop / post office. The village hall was donated to the village by Orson Wright, a successful Leicester builder who had been born in the village.

The Great Central main railway line, the last main line to be built from the north of England to London, was opened on 15 March 1899 and ran just to the east of Dunton Bassett, separating it from the village of Ashby Magna, and a station was provided bearing Ashby's name, although it was much the smaller village of the two. Dunton Bassett gave its name to a short (92 yard) tunnel just south of the station. The line closed on 5 May 1969. In its latter years it had been joined by the M1 motorway which ran parallel to it on the eastern side.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 52°30′37″N 1°11′45″W / 52.51028°N 1.19583°W / 52.51028; -1.19583