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Lutterworth

Locality


Lutterworth is market town and civil parish located in south Leicestershire with an extensive variety of housing and services, roughly populated by just over eight thousand people.

History


The town is believed to have been settled by the Anglo-Saxons, though its name is derived from the Old Norse "Lutter's Vordig", meaning "Luther's farm".

Its market was established in 1214 after being granted its charter by King John, and continues to be held on Thursdays every week.

In the 14th century, John Wyclif, then the rector of St Mary's Parish Church, made the first translation of the Bible from Latin into English here.

The town was also the namesake of three railway stations, and formerly home to one that was a part of the Great Central Railway.

During the 1930s and 1940s, inventor of the jet engine Sir Frank Whittle developed some of the world's first jet engines in Lutterworth, and the world's first jet aeroplane was ultimately developed there as well. The town pays homage to his legacy with a statue of a jet plane on the roundabout just outside the town. A public house was also named in his honour, though it was demolished in the 1990s. Since then, another has been renamed with the moniker of “Sir Frank Whittle” to carry on the legacy.

Major Road Links


The town lies on the A426 Leicester to Rugby road, providing easy access to both towns, and is adjacent to Junction 20 of the M1, as well as being not too far from the A5, A14 and M6.

Health Services


The Wycliffe Practice located on Gilmorton Road, LE17 4EB
The Masharani Practice, also located 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 Lutterworth Town Council
The Harborough District Council
Leicestershire County Council
Education


The Little Rainbows Community Pre-School is located in the town, adjacent to the Sherrier Primary School. The John Wycliffe Primary School is also located in the town. Both primary schools feed directly into Lutterworth High School, which has achieved an outstanding reputation. Lutterworth College is also located here, a highly regarded school with outstanding aspects.

Public Facilities


The Parish Church of the town is St Mary’s Church, but there are several other churches not affiliated with the Church of England located throughout the town. Many public houses are located across the town, including the Shambles and Greyhound. The town has its own weekly newspaper, the Lutterworth Observer. There is both a Post Office and Royal Mail sorting office located in town, a town library, a Leisure Centre with extensive facilities as well as additional sporting grounds. Several venues are also available for hire, including the town hall and cricket pavilion, and several shops and businesses are in the town, most around the town centre on Church Street and the High Street. Multiple public bus services run through the town going as far as Leicester, Rugby and Hinckley.


Culture and Events


Events are regularly run by the town council, including the annual summer carnival and Christmas light switch on. A small museum and art gallery is located at the One Stop Shop on Gilmorton Road. Several performing arts groups regularly stage performances at the stage venue of Lutterworth College. Other shows are produced at the nearby Kilworth House open air theatre and Rugby Theatre.

Clubs and Leisure


Several clubs and societies operate in Lutterworth including the Wycliffe Drama Group, Lutterworth Musical Theatre Company, brownies and scouts group, Rotary club and many more that largely operate out of Lutterworth College and Lutterworth Town Hall. There are many restaurants throughout the town, including the Sunar Gow, Cheiko’s, Paper Tiger, Indian Lounge and The Elms, as well as Costa Coffee and Subway during the day. There are also two bars, E2 on Church Street and Koggy’s bar on Station Road.

Sporting Societies


Several sports societies operate out of Lutterworth College and the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, which itself has extensive facilities. There are also a couple of martial arts groups in town, and several sports clubs with their own grounds including the Lutterworth Soccer Centre, Lutterworth Rugby, Lutterworth Golf Club, Kilworth Springs Golf Club, Ullesthorpe Golf Club and the Lutterworth Cricket Club all a short distance away.

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