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The Peacock Redmile.JPG
Public house, Redmile
Redmile is located in Leicestershire
Redmile shown within Leicestershire
Population 921 (2011)
OS grid reference SK797354
• London 100 mi (160 km) S
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG13
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
52°54′39″N 0°48′57″W / 52.9108°N 0.81581°W / 52.9108; -0.81581Coordinates: 52°54′39″N 0°48′57″W / 52.9108°N 0.81581°W / 52.9108; -0.81581

Redmile is a village and civil parish in the Melton district of Leicestershire, England, about 10 miles (16 km) north of Melton Mowbray and 7 miles (11 km) west of Grantham. The population of the civil parish (including Barkestone-le-Vale and Plungar) at the 2011 census was 921,[1] up from 829 in 2001.[2]

The parish[edit]

The parish lies in the Vale of Belvoir close to the county boundary with Nottinghamshire to the west, where the nearest places are Granby, Sutton-cum-Granby and Elton on the Hill. Other nearby places are Bottesford, Belvoir, and Stathern. In 1936 the adjoining civil parishes of Barkestone and Plungar were merged into Redmile, and the parish is sometimes known as Barkestone, Plungar and Redmile.

St Peter's Church, Redmile


Redmile has a Church of England primary school with about 70 pupils, which also serves Barkestone and Plungar. The original national school opened in 1839. It was rebuilt on the same site in 1871,[3] then extended with new classrooms in 1999 and 2001 and a school hall in 2009.[4] The most recent Ofsted report, in October 2013, found the school outstanding in all five of the main criteria of assessment.[5]

St Peter's Church of England Church dates back to the 13th century: the earliest references are to an earlier building, to whose parish the prior of Belvoir Priory was patron in 1155 and whose first rector was installed in 1220. The parish is now served by the Vale of Belvoir Team.[6] The building is Grade II* listed. It dates mainly from the 14th century, with additions and restorations in the 15th century and in 1840 and 1857.[7] Three of the gravestones in the churchyard are also listed. Dating from the late 17th century, they are examples of a local type known as "Belvoir Angels" and made of Swithland slate.[8] One of them is dated 1690, making it the oldest such stone in the Vale itself.[9]

The former Methodist Chapel, built in 1869, is now a private residence. There are ten other listed buildings in the village, some dating back to the 17th century.[10]

Redmile has two pub/restaurants, the Peacock Inn and the Windmill Inn. The 18th-century Peacock also has bed-and-breakfast accommodation.[11]

TV appearances[edit]

Redmile was used as a filming location in the majority of the second-series episodes of the popular British comedy drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, about a group of seven British migrant construction workers, with the Windmill Inn being used as the Barley Mow pub.[12] The Windmill featured as the Kings Oak in a number of location scenes for the 2001 revival of a television soap Crossroads. It also appeared as a location in the BBC1 TV sitcom series Kiss Me Kate (1998–2000).[citation needed]


The village has a weekday daytime bus service to Melton Mowbray and Bottesford.[13] Redmile and Belvoir railway station opened in 1879 but closed to passengers in 1951.[14] The Grantham Canal to Nottingham opened in 1797 and closed in 1936. Short sections have been reopened for leisure craft.[15]

Famous people[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Census 2001 Parish profile", Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 2 December 2014
  3. ^ Leicestershire Villages. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  4. ^ School site. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ Ofsted site. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  6. ^ A Church Near You. Retrieved 2 December 2014
  7. ^ English Heritage. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  8. ^ Listing texts [1] and [2] Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  9. ^ Nottingham Post Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. ^ Melton Borough Council [3]
  11. ^ Owner websites: Retrieved 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - Locations Series 2: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Newcastle and Marbella.". Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Leicestershire CC timetable. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  14. ^ P. Howard Anderson: Forgotten Railways, The East Midlands (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1973).
  15. ^ Hadfield, Charles (1970). The Canals of the East Midlands. David and Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4871-X. ; Grantham Canal Society Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  16. ^ Leicestershire Villages. Retrieved 2 December 2014.; [4]
  17. ^ "Frederic Geeson", Cricket Archive. Retrieved 2 December 2014
  18. ^ School site.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Redmile at Wikimedia Commons