Newbold Verdon

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Newbold Verdon is a village and civil parish in the county of Leicestershire, England. The parish includes Newbold Heath to the north and Brascote to the south. Originally an agricultural centre Newbold Verdon grew in size during the 1850s with the expansion of coal mining in the area. That industry has now ceased leaving Newbold Verdon as a commuter village primarily serving Leicester (9 .5 miles east) and Hinckley (8.5 miles south). The 2001 census recorded a population of 3,193,[1] which had reduced to 3,012 at the 2011 census.

Newbold Verdon is situated on the B582 route between the similar-sized villages of Barlestone and Desford, and 4 miles west of the small market town of Market Bosworth.

Etymology[edit]

The Domesday Book records the settlement as Niwebold meaning 'New Build'. It acquired the suffix Verdon from Nicholas de Verdon who owned the manor in 1226. While the civil parish is Newbold Verdon the ecclesiastical parish retains the form Newbold de Verdun.[2] Nicholas's descendant William de Ferrers was born in Newbold in 1332 or 1333.

History[edit]

In the year of 1428 the village was quarantined due to an outbreak of cholera, however this was short-lived as the quarantine was lifted soon after the outbreak was found to be non-serious.

On Sunday 22 March 2015, the funeral cortège of King Richard III passed through Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford en route to his interment in Leicester Cathedral.

St James's Church, Newbold Verdon
Main Street

Education[edit]

The local primary school is in Dragon Lane. The school has one class per cohort and an Autism specific Unit. It has a sensory garden, pond and forest school.

Churches[edit]

  • St. James's Church (1209)
  • A Methodist chapel
  • A Baptist church (1833)

The Bright Hour at the Baptist Church has been running for many years along with the more recently started Grandtots Group.

Public houses[edit]

There are three pubs: The Swan (formerly the Old White Swan), the Jubilee and the Windmill (which is in Brascote) plus a working men's club.

Sport[edit]

A short lived greyhound racing track existed in the village, which started racing on 15 April 1930. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and was known as a flapping track, which was the nickname given to independent tracks.[3] The exact location of the track is presently unknown.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leicestershire County Council
  2. ^ Church of England
  3. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, page 419. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  4. ^ "Newbold Verdon". Greyhound Racing Times.

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Coordinates: 52°37′47″N 1°20′31″W / 52.629646°N 1.342076°W / 52.629646; -1.342076