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Enderby, Leicestershire

Coordinates: 52°35′17″N 1°12′33″W / 52.58806°N 1.20917°W / 52.58806; -1.20917
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St John the Baptist parish church
Enderby is located in Leicestershire
Location within Leicestershire
Population6,314 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSK596088
Civil parish
  • Enderby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLeicester
Postcode districtLE19
Dialling code0116
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteEnderby Parish Council
List of places
52°35′17″N 1°12′33″W / 52.58806°N 1.20917°W / 52.58806; -1.20917

Enderby is a village and civil parish in Leicestershire, England, 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's name means 'farm/settlement of Eindrithi'.[2]

The village is situated on 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 Aldeby by the River Soar.[3]

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.[4]


Enderby was in the Parliamentary constituency of Blaby between 1974 and 2010, when it was replaced with the South Leicestershire constituency. It is currently represented in the House of Commons by Alberto Costa MP of the Conservative Party.[5]

Former railway[edit]

A disused freight only railway line known locally as ‘Whistle Way’ is to the north of the village. This branch line used to link the now disused Enderby Warren Quarry with the Birmingham to Leicester Line.


Fosse Shopping Park

Enderby is home to Fosse Shopping Park, one of Britain's biggest out-of-town shopping parks.[6] The village centre has a newsagents, petrol station, florists, beauty salon, delicatessen, library, cafe, bookmakers, and hand car wash. 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. There is also a nine-hole pay-and-play golf course.

The head office of clothing retailer Next plc is located in Enderby.[7]

Enderby is twinned with Le Haillan, a suburb of Bordeaux, France.



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


Rail transport is provided by 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.


Arriva Midlands operate services 50, X55 and X84 from Leicester into the village.[8]

Enderby Park and Ride is situated on the corner of B4114 St John's and Leicester Lane, opposite Leicestershire Constabulary Headquarters and Palmers Garden Centre, and was opened on 16 November 2009. It has parking for 1,000 cars. Buses run every 15 minutes into Leicester city centre from 7am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Stops include Smith Way (Grove Park), Aylestone Road (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Oxford Street (De Montfort University) and St. Nicholas Circle (stand FD).[9]


4–6 Broad Street, a 16th-century thatched cruck cottage that for a period served as a branch of Barclays Bank[10]

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.[13]


Enderby was where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1986.[14] 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.[15] Following what was the first mass DNA screening of an entire community, Pitchfork was the first person to be convicted of murder using DNA profiling.[16][17][18][19]

Sister village[edit]


  1. ^ "Area: Enderby (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Key to English Place-names". kepn.nottingham.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 10 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  3. ^ Dare, M. Paul (1927). "Aldeby" (PDF). Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological Society. 15: 333–6. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ Charles Loraine Smith Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine, History of Parliament, retrieved 8 June 2014
  5. ^ "Alberto Costa MP". South Leicestershire. Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Out-of-town shopping park to change hands for £360m". The Times. 20 January 2006. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Next Plc NXT:LSE Company Description". Financial Times. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Arriva Bus". www.arrivabus.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Enderby Park & Ride - Service 203 > Choose How You Move". Choose How You Move.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Barclays Bank, 4 and 6, Broad Street (Grade II) (1074746)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Danemill School Website". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Brockington College Website". Archived from the original on 1 March 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  13. ^ Enderby Town at the Football Club History Database
  14. ^ "Twenty years of DNA evidence". 9 October 2006. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2007 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ Forensic Science Service - Colin Pitchfork - first murder conviction on DNA evidence also clears the prime suspect Archived 14 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Leicester University - Genetics History". Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2007.
  17. ^ "Canadian National DNA Bank - Colin Pitchfork". Archived from the original on 25 April 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2007.
  18. ^ "Times Online - The DNA scientist who made individuals of us all". Archived from the original on 26 August 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2007.
  19. ^ "Great Britons: How the DNA dude changed life". www.telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2021.

External links[edit]

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