HARBOROUGH /ˈhɑːrbrə/ is a local government district of
England , named after its main town, Market
The District extends south and east from the 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 comprising the Boroughs of Corby , Kettering and the District of Daventry . To the west the boundary is with 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 District and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston . The villages of Thurnby , Bushby and 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 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
The district was formed in 1974 under the
Local Government Act 1972 .
It was a merger of
Market Harborough urban district , Market
Situated in the south of East Midlands but linking to Northamptonshire and the South East Region, and between the West Midland and East of England Region with access to three national transport routes - the M1 motorway the Midland Main Line railway and the A14 East West national trunk road, the district has always occupied an important strategic position.
TOPOGRAPHY AND LANDSCAPE
The landscape of the district comprises both pastoral and upland characters. Generally the A6 Market Harborough to Leicester Road forms the boundary between each. The lower pastoral landscape of South Leicestershire is found to the west of the A6 whilst the more undulating upland landscape of High Leicestershire is found to the east.
South 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 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 consists of the tract of land between Market Harborough, Tilton On The Hill and towards 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.
Brampton Valley Way, the former 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 GROWTH IN HARBOROUGH DISTRICT
YEAR 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
POPULATION 42,469 51,390 58.093 59,941 67,601 76,598 85,382
The principal centres of population (from 2011 Census) are Market
Stanford Hall, Leicestershire is located in the south west of the district. The village of Stanford-on-Avon is in Northamptonshire but the house and park are on the Leicestershire bank of the River Avon
Hallaton Treasure : More than 5,000 silver and gold coins, around
2,000 years old, were found at a site near
Eyebrook Reservoir straddles along the
The Symington Building in
Market Harborough is the district's
administrative headquarters. The former Victorian corset factory in
Adam and Eve Street now accommodates
SOCIAL AND SPORTING
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 Ward and the Leader of the opposition Councillor Phil Knowles represents Market Harborough - Great Bowden and Arden Ward.
* 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 ,