Enderby, Leicestershire

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Enderby Parish Church 2011.jpg
St John the Baptist parish church
Enderby is located in Leicestershire
Enderby shown within Leicestershire
Population 6,314 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK596088
Civil parish
  • Enderby
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Leicester
Postcode district LE19
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
Website Enderby Parish Council
List of places
LeicestershireCoordinates: 52°35′02″N 1°12′46″W / 52.5839°N 1.2127°W / 52.5839; -1.2127

Enderby is a small town and civil parish in Leicestershire, on the southwest outskirts of the city of Leicester. The parish includes the neighbourhood of St John's, which is east of the village separated from it by the M1 motorway. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 6,314.[1]

The village is either side of the B4114 between Fosse Shopping Park and Narborough. The parish includes Fosse Shopping Park, Grove Park Commercial Centre and Everards Brewery.

The parish is bounded by the City of Leicester and the civil parishes of Braunstone Town, Glen Parva, Lubbesthorpe, Narborough and Whetstone.

The course of the Fosse Way Roman road passes through the parish. Near St John's is the deserted village of Alderby by the River Soar.

Enderby Hall was the ancestral home of the Smith family when the paternal line ended. The hall was left to Charles Loraine who took the name Charles Loraine Smith.[2]


Enderby was in the UK Parliament constituency of Blaby between 1974 and 2010, when this was replaced with the South Leicestershire constituency. It is currently represented in the House of Commons by Alberto Costa of the Conservative Party.[3]

Former railway[edit]

A disused railway line known locally as ‘Whistle Way’ is north of the village, and has since become the western edge of the Enderby and Narborough areas.[citation needed] This branch line used to link the now disused Enderby Warren Quarry with the Birmingham to Peterborough Line about 12 mile (800 m) southwest of Narborough railway station. There was neither a passenger service nor an Enderby station.[citation needed]


Enderby is home to Fosse Shopping Park, one of Britain's biggest out-of-town shopping parks.[4] The village centre has a newsagents, petrol station, florists, beauty salon, delicatessen, library, cafe, bookmakers, and hand car wash.[citation needed] It has two "Co-operative Food" stores within metres of each other, one owned by Central England Co-operative and another by The Co-operative Group.

Enderby has a leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, squash courts and sports hall for badminton and 5-a-side football.[citation needed] There is also a nine-hole pay-and-play golf course.[citation needed]

The head office of clothing retailer Next plc is located in Enderby.[5]

Enderby is twinned with Le Haillan.


Enderby is near the M1 and M69 motorways. The B4114 and B582 both run through Enderby.

Rail transport is provided by the nearby Narborough railway station on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. Trains are operated by CrossCountry and provide regular services to Leicester, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Birmingham.

Enderby is served by the following bus services:

  • 50 & 50a, operated by Arriva Midlands - Leicester City Centre to Narborough/Croft via Fosse Shopping Park
  • 140, operated by Centrebus - Leicester City Centre to Rugby
  • 148, operated by Thurmaston Bus - Leicester City Centre - Sharnford

Enderby Park and Ride situated on the corner of B4114 St John's and Leicester Lane opposite Leicestershire Constabulary Headquarters and Palmers Garden Centre, opened on 16 November 2009. It has parking for 1000 cars. Buses run every 15 minutes into Leicester city centre from 7am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Stops include Smith Way (Grove Park) and St. Nicholas Circle (stand PA). Timetable


4–6 Broad Street, a 16th-century thatched cruck cottage that is now a branch of Barclays Bank[6]

The schools that Enderby children usually attend are:


Enderby Town Football Club was founded in 1900. It played in the local Leicestershire Senior League until 1969, and joined the Southern League in 1972. It changed its name to Leicester United F.C. in 1983 and was dissolved in 1996.[10]

Enderby Town Football Club was the club of Chris Balderstone after he stopped playing professional football for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South.[citation needed] At the time Balderstone was part way through his long career as a professional cricketer for Leicestershire.[citation needed]


Enderby was where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1986.[11] He also killed a girl of the same age in nearby Narborough in 1983. Initially a 17-year-old youth was suspected, and even confessed to one of the murders, but DNA testing cleared him.[12] Following what was the first mass DNA screening of an entire community, Pitchfork was the first person to be arrested and convicted of a crime using DNA profiling.[13][14][15][16]


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