Catthorpe is a village and civil parish in the
Harborough district of
Leicestershire, England. It is located beside the River Avon and close
to the A5 road, and hence close to the tripoint formed by
Northamptonshire and Warwickshire; the nearest town is
Rugby, around 4 miles (6.4 km) to the southwest. According to the
2001 Census, the parish had a population of 179, falling slightly to
173 at the 2011 census.
Catthorpe gives its name to the nearby
Catthorpe Interchange road
junction formed by the M1 and M6 motorways and the A14 road, which is
known to be regularly congested owing to its non-standard design. The
A14 passes under both motorways; these underpasses were built in the
1960s for the former A427, which passed through Catthorpe. In 2009,
the Highways Agency announced their preferred design for the upgrade
of the junction after a public consultation in 2008.
Catthorpe briefly came to national attention in 1999 when the Latvian
alleged war criminal
Konrāds Kalējs was revealed to be living at
Catthorpe Manor, a nursing home near the village.
The parish church, dedicated to St Thomas, dates from the 14th century
and is Grade II* listed. There is a local pub called the Cherry
Tree and a locally famous Farm shop and restaurant, both are located
on Main Street.
^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for
National Statistics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
^ "M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme". Highways Agency. Retrieved 31
^ "Police examine 'Nazi' war record". BBC News. 29 December 1999.
Retrieved 27 March 2014.
^ "Church of St Thomas, Catthorpe". British Listed Buildings.
Retrieved 27 August 2015.
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