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Harborough
Harborough
/ˈhɑːrbrə/ is a local government district of Leicestershire, England, named after its main town, Market Harborough. Covering 230 square miles (600 km2), the District is by far the largest of the eight district authorities in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and covers almost a quarter of the County. The District extends south and east from the Leicester
Leicester
Urban Area; on the east it adjoins the County of Rutland; has a boundary on the north with the Boroughs of Charnwood and Melton; on the south it has a long boundary with the County of Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
comprising the Boroughs of Corby, Kettering
Kettering
and the District of Daventry. To the west the boundary is with Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and the Borough of Rugby, a boundary formed for much of its length by the line of Watling Street. The north-western boundary of the district adjoins Blaby
Blaby
District and the Borough of Oadby
Oadby
and Wigston. The villages of Thurnby, Bushby
Bushby
and Scraptoft
Scraptoft
abut the suburbs of the City of Leicester. The population of the District at mid-2007 was estimated as 82,300, increasing to 85,382 at the 2011 census.[1]

Contents

1 History of the district 2 Topography and landscape 3 Population 4 Built heritage 5 Social and sporting 6 Community organisations 7 Political Representation 8 Civil parishes 9 References 10 External links

History of the district[edit] The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merging of the urban district of Market Harborough, Market Harborough
Harborough
Rural District, Billesdon Rural District and Lutterworth Rural District.[2] The district is governed by Harborough
Harborough
District Council. Situated in the south of East Midlands
East Midlands
but linking to Northamptonshire and the South East Region, and between the West Midland and East of England
England
Region with access to three national transport routes - the M1 motorway the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
railway and the A14 East West national trunk road, the district has always occupied an important strategic position. Topography and landscape[edit] The landscape of the district comprises both pastoral and upland characters.[3] Generally the A6 Market Harborough
Market Harborough
to Leicester
Leicester
Road forms the boundary between each. The lower pastoral landscape of South Leicestershire
Leicestershire
is found to the west of the A6 whilst the more undulating upland landscape of High Leicestershire
Leicestershire
is found to the east. South Leicestershire
Leicestershire
consists of gentler country around Lutterworth and Kibworth. Low hills swell out of shallow valleys and villages are pinpointed by church spires peeping above dark spinneys. Near Foxton and Gumley
Gumley
the Laughton Hills tumble down to the Grand Union Canal and Welland Valley, forming one of the best landscapes in this part of the district. High Leicestershire
Leicestershire
consists of the tract of land between Market Harborough, Tilton On The Hill and towards Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray
and forms some of the loneliest countryside in the Midlands. Many villages were deserted centuries ago and remote hills such as Robin-a-Tiptoe in the parish of Tilton peer out over pastures and the occasional farmhouse. The infant River Avon and River Welland
River Welland
form the southern border of the district with Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
with sources at Naseby
Naseby
and Sibbertoft
Sibbertoft
respectively. Brampton Valley Way, the former Northampton
Northampton
to Market Harborough Railway, is now a car free ‘linear’ park surrounded by beautiful scenery and rich in natural and historical heritage. It provides a 14 mile long walking, cycling and in parts horse riding route. Population[edit] Despite Harborough
Harborough
District being the largest in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
by area it is primarily rural in nature and its population density is relatively low. Population growth
Population growth
for the district is nonetheless healthy and is set out below:

Population growth
Population growth
in Harborough
Harborough
District

Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011

2016

2021 2031

Population 42,469 51,390 58.093 59,941 67,601 76,598 85,382

90,400

94,000 101,000

Census [4]

ONS [5]

ONS Projections [6]

The principal centres of population (from 2011 Census) are Market Harborough
Harborough
(21,894), Lutterworth
Lutterworth
(9,353) and Broughton Astley
Broughton Astley
(8,940) to the south of the district and county. There are four large villages of over 3,000 population - Kibworth (5,455); Fleckney
Fleckney
(4,894); Great Glen (3,662) and Thurnby
Thurnby
and Bushby
Bushby
(3,301) - these evidence the transition from the relatively densely populated Leicester
Leicester
Urban Area into the countryside/farmland of rural Harborough. Other villages include Scraptoft
Scraptoft
(1,804), Houghton on the Hill
Houghton on the Hill
(1,524), Husbands Bosworth (1,145), Great Bowden
Great Bowden
(1,017), Gilmorton
Gilmorton
(976), Ullesthorpe (903) and Billesdon
Billesdon
(901). The District has 17 parishes with populations between 500 and 3,000, 40 parishes with populations between 100 and 500 and 28 parishes with populations of below 100 (mid-2004 population estimates).[7] Built heritage[edit] Stanford Hall, Leicestershire
Leicestershire
is located in the south west of the district. The village of Stanford-on-Avon
Stanford-on-Avon
is in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
but the house and park are on the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
bank of the River Avon The Grand Union Canal (old)
Grand Union Canal (old)
cuts across the district from Husbands Bosworth to Newton Harcourt with a spur to Market Harborough
Market Harborough
which leaves the Canal at Foxton. Hallaton
Hallaton
Treasure: More than 5,000 silver and gold coins, around 2,000 years old, were found at a site near Harborough
Harborough
around 2002. The internationally important finds are exhibited at Harborough Museum.[8][9] The Eyebrook Reservoir
Eyebrook Reservoir
straddles along the Harborough
Harborough
District's border with the county of Rutland. The reservoir serves as a popular trout fishing area and bird watching area, with nearby Eye Brook Valley Woods as a beautiful and natural small forest area for walking. The Reservoir and woods are cared for by the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland
Rutland
Wildlife Trust and are SSSIs. The Symington Building in Market Harborough
Market Harborough
is the district's administrative headquarters. The former Victorian corset factory in Adam and Eve Street now accommodates Harborough
Harborough
District Council, Harborough
Harborough
Museum, Harborough
Harborough
Library, Registry Office and other organisations. Social and sporting[edit] The Harborough
Harborough
District has a long association with fox hunting and is the base for the Fernie Hunt.[10] Although hunting wild animals with dogs has stopped following the Hunting Act 2004, the Fernie Hunt continues to operate under the three principal exemptions to the Act - trail hunting, hound exercise and flushing coverts to a bird of prey. A historical account of fox hunting in the Harborough
Harborough
District (when the hunt was known as Mr Fernie's Billesdon
Billesdon
Hunt) is available in the book "Annals of the Billesdon
Billesdon
hunt (Mr. Fernie's) 1856-1913 : notable runs and incidents of the chase, prominent members, celebrated hunters and hounds, amusing stories and anecdotes" by F. Palliser de Costobadie[11]/ Also see an earlier guide to the fox hunting country north of Market Harborough
Market Harborough
published in 1882.[12] Community organisations[edit] The Harborough
Harborough
Youth Council[13] was set up in 2007 to represent the views of young people (aged 13–19) and aims to improve life for young people. It holds a District Youth Conference each year where young people give their views in front of district councillors. The HYC meets usually once per month, and sends representatives to CYCLe (County Youth Council Leicestershire). More information can be found at thejitty.com[14] The Harborough
Harborough
District Sport and Activity Alliance[15] aims to make sport and physical activity accessible for all people throughout the Harborough
Harborough
District enabling them to fulfil their potential through sport and physical activity. Political Representation[edit] There are 37 Councillors, who represent 25 wards within the district, of these 29 are Conservative Councillors and so control the Council. There are eight Liberal Democrats Councillors. The Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Blake Pain, represents the Lubenham
Lubenham
Ward and the Leader of the opposition Councillor Phil Knowles represents Market Harborough
Market Harborough
- Great Bowden
Great Bowden
and Arden Ward. The Harborough
Harborough
District constituency is Conservative. Harborough District Council’s HQ is based in The Symington Building, located in Market Harborough. This former corset factory, although owned by Harborough
Harborough
District Council, is shared with other partnership organisations which include Harborough
Harborough
Museum, Market Harborough Library, Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Council Registry office and Job Centre Plus, to name but a few. With a population of around 85,000 and around 37,000 homes, the main settlements are Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley. There are more than 90 villages – many with populations of less than 200. Civil parishes[edit]

Allexton, Arnesby, Ashby Magna, Ashby Parva Billesdon, Bittesby, Bitteswell, Blaston, Bringhurst, Broughton Astley, Bruntingthorpe, Burton Overy Carlton Curlieu, Catthorpe, Claybrooke Magna, Claybrooke Parva, Cold Newton, Cotesbach, Cranoe Drayton, Dunton Bassett, East Langton, East Norton Fleckney, Foxton, Frisby, Frolesworth Gaulby, Gilmorton, Glooston, Goadby, Great Bowden, Great Easton, Great Glen, Gumley Hallaton, Horninghold, Houghton on the Hill, Hungarton, Husbands Bosworth Illston on the Hill Keyham, Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt, Kimcote and Walton, King's Norton, Knaptoft Laughton, Launde, Leire, Little Stretton, Loddington, Lowesby, Lubenham, Lutterworth Marefield, Medbourne, Misterton with Walcote, Mowsley Nevill Holt, North Kilworth, Noseley Owston and Newbold Peatling Magna, Peatling Parva Rolleston Saddington, Scraptoft, Shangton, Shawell, Shearsby, Skeffington, Slawston, Smeeton Westerby, South Kilworth, Stockerston, Stonton Wyville, Stoughton, Swinford Theddingworth, Thorpe Langton, Thurnby
Thurnby
and Bushby, Tilton, Tugby and Keythorpe, Tur Langton Ullesthorpe Welham, West Langton, Westrill and Starmore, Willoughby Waterleys, Wistow Cum Newton Harcourt, Withcote

Market Harborough
Market Harborough
is unparished. References[edit]

^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2016.  ^ Harborough
Harborough
DC Press Release 2004 ^ Harborough
Harborough
District Official Guide (undated) ^ Vision of Britain through time ^ mid year estimate ^ ONS population projections 2014 base / projections uplifted by '21-1000/'31-1,200 given underestimation at 2016 - 1,100/ ^ Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Council website ^ Harborough Museum
Harborough Museum
- Treasure webpage ^ "Treasure Hunting TV". treasurehunting.tv.  ^ "Fernie Hunt". geocities.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009.  ^ "Annals of the Billesdon
Billesdon
Hunt". google.com.  ^ "The Hunting Countries of England, Their Facilities, Character, and Requirements". google.com.  ^ http://www.thejitty.com/hyc/ ^ http://www.thejitty.com ^ http://www.harboroughsport.co.uk/

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Harborough
Harborough
District.

Communities and organisations

Villages in Harborough
Harborough
District Parish Plans Map of Parishes Community Forums

Heritage and attractions

Harborough
Harborough
Museum The Via Devana or Gartree Road which runs from Leicester
Leicester
to the County border - Grand Union Canal - Leicester
Leicester
Line High Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland
Rutland
Cycle Routes The Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Round - Walking Route which runs from Claybrooke Magna to Owston in Harborough
Harborough
District Horse Riding in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
- The Midshires Way

Sporting and social

Fernie Hunt

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Ceremonial county of Leicestershire

England
England
Portal

Unitary authorities

Leicester

Boroughs or districts

Blaby Charnwood Harborough Hinckley
Hinckley
and Bosworth Melton North West Leicestershire Oadby
Oadby
and Wigston

Major settlements

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Braunstone Town Castle Donington Coalville Earl Shilton Enderby Hinckley Leicester
Leicester
( Leicester
Leicester
Urban Area) Loughborough Lutterworth Market Bosworth Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Oadby Shepshed Syston Wigston Magna See also: List of civil parishes in Leicestershire

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Districts of the East Midlands
East Midlands
region of England

Derbyshire

Amber Valley Bolsover Chesterfield Derby Derbyshire
Derbyshire
Dales Erewash High Peak North East Derbyshire South Derbyshire

Leicestershire

Blaby Charnwood Harborough Hinckley
Hinckley
and Bosworth Leicester Melton North West Leicestershire Oadby
Oadby
and Wigston

Lincolnshire

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Nottinghamshire

Ashfield Bassetlaw Broxtowe Gedling Mansfield Newark and Sherwood Nottingham Rushcliffe

Northamptonshire

Corby Daventry East Northamptonshire Kettering Northampton South Northamptonshire Wellingborough

Rutland

Rutland

Coordinates: 52°28′43″N 0°55′14″W / 52.4785°N 0.9206°W

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