Sharnford is a village and civil parish in Blaby of Leicestershire. The parish has a population of about 1,000. The village is about four miles east of Hinckley.
The Domesday hamlet or farmstead of Scerneford is mentioned in the tenth-century will of Wulfric Spot, earl of Mercia, and probably named after a "scearn" or muddy ford over the river Soar. It lies immediately north of High Cross, near the Roman station at Venonis (mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary) at the intersection of Roman Watling Street and the Fosse Way. Sharnford was originally a single village, divided into two manors.
During the English Civil War soldiers from the local garrisons visited Sharnford in search of fresh horses and "provinder".
Major Road Links
Sharnford has very easy access to the A5, M69 and both Jct 20 and 21 of the M1. The village also has easy access to the city of Leicester and towns of Lutterworth and Market Harborough.
The nearest health services are located in the nearby town of Lutterworth, only 5 miles away, and include:
The Medipod Clinic in Hinckley, LE10 0QA
Old School Surgery, Stoney Stanton. LE9 4LJ
The Orchard Medical Practice, Broughton Astley. LE9 6RG
Dental practices in nearby Broughton Astley and Burbage
Further hospital services are available in the city of Leicester.
Councils and Authorities
The parish is Sharnford Parish Council where all the contact information can be found on their website.
The Community Forum is Blaby South.
The Neighbourhood Policing Unit is Fosse Villages.
The District Council is Blaby District Council.
The local primary school is Sharnford Church of England with further primary schools at nearby Burbage and Sapcote.
The nearest secondary schools are Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley and Heathfield High School in Earl Shilton.
The modern village has two public houses, the Sharnford Arms, now serving Chinese food, and the Countryman. The one garage that is in the village no longer serves fuel.
Sharnford has one direct bus service operated by Thurmaston bus number 148 from Leicester via Fosse Park and Thurlaston.
Culture and Events
The village regularly hold fund raising events for the village facilities.
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
Leisure events are regularly held by the parish council, usually in the village hall. More clubs are available in many of the nearby towns and villages.
Many clubs are located around the village, several at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, and nearby Hinckley. Other clubs include 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.