Dunton Bassett is a rural location set in and around other villages and sits between Lutterworth and Broughton Astely. The population lies at just under 800.
The name Dunton Bassett is derived from Donitone roughly translating to mean, 'homestead on the hill' and Bassett, which is a family name and was added later.The Great Central main railway line which is the last main line to be built from the north of England to London, was opened on 15 March 1899 and ran just to the east of Dunton Bassett which separated Dunton Bassett from its neighboring village of Ashby Magna. Dunton Bassett gave its name to a short (92 yard) tunnel just south of the station.The line closed on 5 May 1969. In its latter years it had been joined by the M1 motorway.
Major Road Links
The village lies between Jct 20 and 21 of the M1 and also has easy access to the M69 and A5.
The nearest health services are located in the nearby town of Lutterworth, only 5 miles away, and include;
The Wycliffe and Masharani Practices at the doctor's surgery on Gilmorton Road, LE17 4EB
The Fielding Palmer Cottage Hospital, Gilmorton Road, LE17 4DZ
Dentist’s offices and pharmacies throughout the town
Further hospital services are available in Leicester and Rugby.
Councils and Authorities
The parish is Dunton Bassett Parish Council.
The Community Forum is Lutterworth, Broughton Astley & Rural West .
The Neighbourhood Policing Unit is Broughton Astley and Walton.
The District Council is Harborough District Council.
Leicestershire County Council
Dunton Bassett has its own Primary School in the centre of the village that has been there since 1849. Although it is not a C of E it has always had close relationships with the church.
The nearest secondary school is Lutterworth High, which has achieved an outstanding reputation, and the nearest upper school is Lutterworth College, which is heralded for having outstanding aspects.
Dunton Bassett has a village hall which was donated By Orsan Wright a local Leicestershire builder, who was born in the village and died in March 1909 just before his 99 birthday. The village has a Post office a used car lot and a local village pub (The Dunton Bassett Arms (DBA))
All Saints Church is located at the edge of the village and is associated with the churches of Leire and Ashby Parva.
A public bus service runs regularly in both the Lutterworth direction and the Leicester direction.
Culture and Events
The Dunton Bassett Parish Council regularly put on events throughout the year. The Primary School and the All Saints church also hold many fund raising events for the Village.
The Kilworth House Theatre, only a few miles outside the village, stages productions at their open air theatre and other performing arts groups regularly produce shows at the venue of Lutterworth College.
Clubs and Leisure
Although not a big village Dunton Bassett does have a Cricket club where they have 2 senior teams, Junior teams, A Saturday and Sunday League and also participate in a mid-week league. There is also a football team in the village.
The Scouts, Brownies and Beavers all participate in their activities at the village hall. Further clubs and facilities are available in many of the nearby towns and villages.
Dunton Bassett holds a Cricket Club and a Football club but there are also several at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, and further afield at the Harborough Leisure Centre in Market Harborough. Other clubs include the Lutterworth Soccer Centre, Lutterworth Rugby, Lutterworth Golf Club, Kilworth Springs Golf Club and the Ullesthorpe Golf Club.