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History and geography
Thurmaston is bounded to the west by Watermead Country Park (which faces onto Birstall), to the north by Syston and to the east by Barkby and Barkby Thorpe. South of Thurmaston is Rushey Mead and the boundaries of the Leicester urban area.
Rushey Mead was formerly part of the Thurmaston parish in the 19th century, before becoming a Thurmaston Urban District in 1894. In 1935, the district was annexed to the city of Leicester where it took its modern-day name of Rushey Mead.
Thurmaston is split in two by the A607 dual carriageway, which by-passes the main village. To the east of the road is the mostly residential, newer part of Thurmaston. To the west is the main village on Melton Road, which stands on the old Fosse Way, the historic road built by the Romans. Thurmaston lies on the eastern banks of the River Soar, and two marinas are located there, one of which is also a boat-yard, and numerous mooring sites. These lead to the Watermead Country Park which is a purpose-built nature reserve.
The Midland Main Line also runs through the eastern half of the village.
Notable persons and companies
- Taylorcraft Aeroplanes Ltd., a subsidiary based in Thurmaston, developed the Taylorcraft Model 'D' and the Auster Mk. I through Mk. V, which became the backbone aircraft of the British A.O.P.
- The local football team, the Thurmaston Magpies, once boasted former England international striker/defender Dion Dublin in its ranks.
- Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School
- Eastfield Primary School
- Church Hill Infant School and Church Hill C of E Junior School
It also contains a Key Stage 3 secondary school, The Roundhill Academy, which takes in students from all the aforementioned schools in the village, as well as schools in the neighbouring town of Syston.
Thurmaston's prominent location on the edge of Leicester has seen much development in recent years. On 31 March 2003, a large Asda superstore opened on Barkby Thorpe Lane, pushing the nearby Midlands Co-op superstore out of business. The Thurmaston Shopping Centre, featuring a number of retail outlets and restaurants, was built on the site of the old Co-op superstore in 2005.
The main village stretch, along Melton Road, has several pubs, takeaway food outlets, convenience stores and various other small retail establishments. The head offices of Arriva Midlands are also located in the village, along with Arriva's Thurmaston depot where the majority of their buses and drivers that operate in Leicester are based.
As well as many other industrial sites along Melton Road, Thurmaston also contains the Earls Way Industrial Estate in the eastern half of the village.
The village has its own newspaper, The Thurmaston Times which is published bi-monthly. The village has a local history society, Thurmaston Heritage Group, whose members help promote an interest in different aspects of both past and present village life. One particular activity being pursued by a member of the group is the creation of an online virtual war memorial. The Thurmaston Military Indexes are being compiled to provide a listing of all those from the village who served their country in the Great War of 1914-1918 and the 1939-1945 War.
The village also has its own community centre, Elizabeth Park Sports and Community Centre, which has become a popular wedding venue and also offers a range of sports and facilities including badminton and a state of the art 3G football pitch. The facility was built in 1996, and is home to Thurmaston Parish Council Offices. Elizabeth Park is also host to many of the local communities sports teams, such as Thurmaston Town FC and Thurmaston Bowls club.
Thurmaston is served by a number of bus companies including Arriva Fox County, First Leicester and Centrebus. The nearest railway station is in Syston. Charnwood borough council's local transport plan from 2004 proposed new railway stations to be opened at Thurmaston and East Goscote. This has since been removed from the local plan.
- "Neighbourhood statistics - Thurmaston CP". Office for national statistics. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "The Co-op is in for a rough ride". The Grocer. 8 March 2003.
- "Blighted co-op closes". The Grocer. 15 November 2003.
- "Chapter 7: Transport and Traffic Management, Rail 7.65" (PDF). Charnwood Borough Council Local Plan. 2004. p. 135. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Borough of Charnwood Local Plan(2004)–Saved Policies" (PDF). Charnwood Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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