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Thurlaston is a village and civil parish in Leicestershire, England. It is in the Blaby local government district, just over 6 miles (9.7 km) west of the City of Leicester. The 2001 census stated that the parish had a population of 745, The 2011 census (including Frolesworth) gave the population as 807.
In 1872 Thurlaston was described as:
"Thurlaston, a parish, with a village and two townships, in Blaby district, Leicester; 3½ miles SSE of Desford r. station, and 6 NE of Hinckley. It has a post-office under Hinckley. Acres, 2,980. Real property, £5,914. Pop., 698. Houses, 148."
The history of Thurlaston extends back as far as the Saxon era. Originally declared as "Turchilestone" in the 1086 "Domesday Book" publication, it was under the ownership of the Vicount of Leicester ' Robert de Bucy from Hugh de Grandmesnil'. It is later next recorded in 1270 that Thurlaston fell under the ownership of Robert de Champaine, who controlled the land under the pretence of a Knight's fee allocated to him by the King.
The earliest census data regarding industries and professions in Thurlaston is 1831, with agriculture being the chief industry with 53% of occupants being involved; with handcraft and manufacturing making up the remainder. However, as of 1881 a more detailed classification of resident occupation was carried out, revealing 90% of industry being directly related to agriculture, with an entirely male workforce. The only recorded work of women at the time was classed as "Domestic Services". Industry in the present day has declined significantly in the agricultural area, with just 4% of the working population being involved. The prominent occupations now are the repair and trade of motor vehicles, and the manufacturing industry, which over a quarter of the entire working population is involved in.
Census data extends Thurlaston's population history back to 1881, with a population of 533. The population remained stable with little fluctuation until a decline to 378 during the 1961 census, however following this a steady growth saw the total rise to today's figure of 807, the highest figure so far recorded.
Thurlaston has a close knit community, collectively involved in such events as the Thurlaston Carnival, along with events ran in the village hall.
Since the 1881 census on local industries there have been large changes in occupation of residents. Agriculture is no longer the primary industry, with just 18 residents out of the 430 who are aged 16 – 74 and in work. Manufacturing has become the primary industry with 100 people being involved in a type of manufacturing in food, textiles or technology. Overall the employment data has moved with the times, with primary work becoming less prominent within communities, and the prominence of secondary and tertiary industries increasing.
The Church of All Saints, is Thurlaston's only listed building, and was listed on 7 October 1957 Extensive restoration was carried out in the 1840s, mainly repairing the slate roof and renewing the Chancel Arch.
Thurlaston Village Hall is the home venue of the Thurlaston Annual General Meeting, where committee members meet to discuss the ongoings of the village. It is a traditional 1920's village hall, with the most significant refurbishments coming in the last 10 years, most notably the extension in 2004 and more recently wash room renovation. It currently holds a variety of events, weekly meetings for classes such as aerobics and ballroom dancing; as well as children's activities.
Thurlaston Annual Carnival has been running yearly since 1971, it features music and entertainment with varying themes each year. As of 1984 it became the "Thurlaston Craft Fair and Carnival".
Clump Farm is a family run farm, selling freshly grown produce to the local community of their own doorstep. Fresh produces ranges from potatoes to Turkey's all available to the local residents.
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Thurlaston CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "Thurlaston (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Wilson, John Marius (1870–1872). Gazetteer of England and Wales. Leicstershire: A. Fullarton & Co.
- "Domesday Book Entries Online". Domesdaybookonline.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Hulme, John Ordish (1904). The History of Thurlaston, Leicestershire. S.Neal and Son.
- "Thurlaston CP/AP through time | Industry Statistics". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Thurlaston, Industry 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Listed Buildings, Thurlaston, Leicestershire". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "History of Thurlaston". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "History of Thurlaston Carnival". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Clump Farm, Thurlaston". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- The geographic coordinates are from the Ordnance Survey.
Media related to Thurlaston, Leicestershire at Wikimedia Commons
- Thurlaston Listed Buildings on Blaby District Council website