Broughton Astley is a large village and civil parish that also encapsulate Sutton-in-the-Elms. It is set in the south-west of Leicestershire, within a ten mile radius of both Hinckley and Leicester. Housing developments grew in recent years increasing the population to around 10,000 as a result there is a wide range of housing available.
Broughton Astley was initially two separate villages, Broughton and Primethorpe, until the 18th century when a man named Thomas Estley suggested the two become one.
Until about 1750, the area was largely agricultural, before transitioning into the knitting/hosiery business, though trades like brickmaking, tailoring and shoemaking persisted as well for a time. Today there is a small estate for light industry and manufacturing businesses.
Major Road Links
The village is not too far from the M1 and has easy access to Hinckley and Leicester, as well as the nearby town of Lutterworth.
The Orchard Medical Practice, Orchard Road, LE9 6RG
Broughton Dental Practice, Station Road, LE9 6PT
Main Chemist, Main Street, LE9 6RD
Hospital services are available at the surgery on Gilmorton Road in Lutterworth, LE17 4EB, and in Leicester itself.
Councils and Authorities
The Broughton Astley Parish Council
The Harborough District Council
Leicestershire County Council
The village is home to three primary schools; The Orchard Primary School, located in the former Primethorpe area, the Old Mill Primary School, and the Hallbrook Primary School, the newest of the three, which is barely twenty years old.
The town is also home to Thomas Estley Community College, a secondary school for 11-14 year olds, which feeds in to two separate upper schools for ages 14 and up; Lutterworth College and Countesthorpe Community College.
The village is home to St Mary’s Church, the exact age of which is uncertain but could date back as far as 1220. The main shopping area in town is host to a wide variety of boutique-style shops, as well as Co-Operative and Spar supermarkets and a Post Office, in addition to further shopping in the newer part of the village. There is a public library located on Main Street with a wide range of services available. Public buses to Leicester and other areas run through the village every day.
Culture and Events
Shows are regularly put on by the local drama group at the village hall, and further afield at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley. An annual carnival is held in the town every summer, and other events are publicised through “Broughton Matters”, published by the Parish Council.
Clubs and Leisure
There are two pubs in the village, The Red Admiral and the White Horse, that also provide restaurant services. A range of clubs also gather at Thomas Estley Community College and the village hall, including dance classes, W.I., Martial arts, fitness groups, fairs and , jumble sales.
Broughton Astley Football Club and Cricket Club are both located here, in addition to a dance studio in the village, as well as Martial arts societies and fitness clubs that meet regularly. In addition, there are riding stables which offer all standards of riding instruction, and two golf courses are close by at Whetstone and at the Best Western Ullesthorpe Court Hotel.