Bitteswell is a small village located in south Leicestershire, situated on the north edge of Lutterworth, and has a population of around five hundred people. Due to its proximity to Lutterworth it shares many of the benefits of the town.
Bitteswell was recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086 as “Betmeswelle” from which the current name was likely derived over time.
From 1940 to 1987 the village was also host to the Royal Air Force station “RAF Bitteswell”, next to which a Hawker Siddeley factory built and maintained, among others, Vulcan bombers. The site has since become home to Magna Park, one of the largest distribution centres in Europe.
Major Road Links
The village is adjacent to Lutterworth which lies on the A426 Leicester-Rugby road, and has easy access to Junction 20 of the M1, and is not too far from the A5 and M6.
The nearest health services are;
The Wycliffe Practice located on Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4EB
The Masharani Practice, also located on Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4EB
The Fielding Palmer Cottage Hospital, Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4DZ
Dentist’s offices and pharmacies throughout Lutterworth
Further hospital services are available in Leicester and Rugby
Councils and Authorities
The Bitteswell Parish Council
The Harborough District Council
Leicestershire County Council
There is one primary school in Bitteswell, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. There are two more primary schools in Lutterworth, the Sherrier Primary School and the John Wycliffe Primary School. All these primary schools feed directly into Lutterworth High School, which has achieved an outstanding reputation. Lutterworth College is also located nearby, a highly regarded school with outstanding aspects.
The village is home to St Mary’s church and has a village hall located on Manor Road. There are two public houses in the village; The Man at Arms and The Royal Oak. A public bus service also runs through the village to Leicester. Many more services are located in Lutterworth, including a post office, leisure centre, supermarkets and many other shops and businesses.
Culture and Events
Most events around the area take place in Lutterworth, and include the annual summer carnival and Christmas lights switch-on. There is a small museum and art gallery at the One Stop Shop on Gilmorton Road, and performing arts groups regularly stage shows at Lutterworth College.
Clubs and Leisure
The village hall is used mostly for Parish Council meetings, though it can be hired out, but many clubs and societies operate in and around Lutterworth. Both The Man at Arms and The Royal Oak offer dining services, and several more restaurants can be found in nearby Lutterworth along with a variety of bars in the town.
The Bitteswell Cricket Club, a small but strong group, is located just outside of the village and is welcoming of new members. Both Lutterworth College and Lutterworth Leisure Centre are home to several fitness, martial arts and sports groups. There are also several groups in the area with their own grounds including Lutterworth Soccer Centre, Lutterworth Rugby, Lutterworth Golf Club, Kilworth Springs Golf Club and Ullesthorpe Golf Club, all a short distance from the village.