Narborough, Leicestershire

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Narborough
Narborough Hall, Leicestershire, UK.jpg
Narborough Hall
Narborough is located in Leicestershire
Narborough
Narborough
Location within Leicestershire
Population8,448 (parish; 2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP540975
Civil parish
  • Narborough
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLeicester
Postcode districtLE19
Dialling code0116
PoliceLeicestershire
FireLeicestershire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire
52°34′22″N 1°12′08″W / 52.5727°N 1.2023°W / 52.5727; -1.2023Coordinates: 52°34′22″N 1°12′08″W / 52.5727°N 1.2023°W / 52.5727; -1.2023

Narborough is a large village and civil parish in the Blaby district of Leicestershire, England, around six miles (ten kilometres) southwest of Leicester. The population of the civil parish (including Littlethorpe) at the 2011 census was 8,498.[1]

The name is derived from the Old English north burh, meaning "north fort or stronghold".[2] At the 2001 Census, the parish had a population of 8,402.[3]

Surrounding villages include Enderby, Whetstone, Littlethorpe, Cosby, and Huncote.

Location[edit]

Narborough is situated on or near several major transport corridors. The M1 motorway passes through the east of Narborough, and the Leicester to Birmingham railway line runs beside the River Soar on its way through the village. Coventry Road in the village centre runs along the course of the Fosse Way (Roman road), which then joins back onto the present course of the B4114 link from Birmingham to Leicester.

Narborough is often split into two distinct parts, the (old) village core to the South and the newer Pastures estate to the north east. These areas are separated by the B4114 which runs through the middle of the two areas.

Transport[edit]

Bus[edit]

Narborough is served by Arriva Midlands services 50 and X84 both linking the village with Rugby, Enderby, Croft, Fosse Shopping Park, and Leicester city centre. [1]

Rail[edit]

Narborough railway station

Narborough railway station is situated in the village centre and offers an hourly service with South Wigston and Leicester to the north, and Hinckley, Nuneaton and Birmingham in the south and west.

Amenities[edit]

View from All Saints Tower with Littlethorpe in the distance

To the north-east of the village lies Carlton Park, a business park that included the headquarters of Alliance & Leicester, who employed over 1,800 people locally. Carlton Park also has a Racquets and Health Club, David Lloyd (formerly Next Generation), which opened in the summer of 2006.[4] Near to the village centre are the Blaby District Council offices.

As well as Greystoke Primary School in the village, The Pastures and Red Hill Field are the two other primary schools serving the locality. Pupils from these schools generally continue their education at Brockington College in Enderby.

There are two large GP practices in the old village centre; The Limes Medical Centre and Narborough Health Centre. The village also contains a variety of retail outlets, pubs, restaurants and other amenities.

Politics and government[edit]

Narborough is part of the South Leicestershire constituency and is currently represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom by Conservative, Alberto Costa.

Religion[edit]

Narborough also has a Congregational Church situated on School Lane and a Catholic church, St. Pius X, on Leicester Road.

Narborough has been home to The Buddhist House, HQ for the Amida Trust, a Pureland Buddhist school, since 2001.[5]

Crime[edit]

Narborough was where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Lynda Mann, in 1983.[6] He also killed a girl of the same age, Dawn Ashworth, in nearby Enderby in 1986. Initially a 17-year-old youth was suspected, and even confessed to one of the murders, but DNA testing cleared him.[7] Following what was the first mass DNA screening of an entire community, Pitchfork was the first person in the world to be convicted of murder using DNA profiling.[8][9][10][11]

Industry[edit]

The Empire Stone Works was founded in Narborough in 1900. It specialised in producing pre-cast concrete for cladding, which could be coloured with pigments and hand-finished to match natural stone cills, copings and cornices. The factory was the largest employer in Narborough, employing over 300 people, and had its own railway sidings. The company ceased trading in 1994, soon after the completion of the MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross which features in many of the later James Bond films.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-1915-7847-2.
  3. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Narborough". Office for National Statistics (Neighbourhood Statistics). Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". www.nextgenerationclubs.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". www.buddhistpsychology.info. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Crime-fighting successes of DNA". BBC News. BBC. 4 October 2006. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2021. The first murder conviction using DNA evidence came in 1988 when baker Colin Pitchfork was found guilty of the separate murders of two schoolgirls - Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, both 15 - in Narborough, Leicestershire. Both of the cases - one in 1983 and one in 1986 - involved sexual assaults.
  7. ^ "Colin Pitchfork". The Forensic Science Service. Archived from the original on 14 April 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  8. ^ Leicester University - Genetics History
  9. ^ Canadian National DNA Bank - Colin Pitchfork
  10. ^ Times Online - The DNA scientist who made individuals of us all
  11. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (20 January 2007). "Great Britons: How the DNA dude changed life". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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