Countesthorpe is a large village and civil parish in the Leicestershire district of Blaby, with a population of 6,393. Nearby places are Blaby and South Wigston to the north, Kilby to the east, Peatling Magna and Willoughby Waterleys to the south, and Broughton Astley, Cosby and Whetstone to the west.
The name Countesthorpe originates from the 11th century when the area was part of the marriage dowry of the Countess Judith niece of William the Conqueror. The 'thorpe' part of the name is from the gothic meaning of 'land'.
Major Road Links
Countesthorpe has very easy access to the A6, M69 and both Jct 20 and 21 of the M1. The village also has easy access to the towns of Leicester, Rugby, Lutterworth and Market Harborough.
Countesthorpe Health Centre.
Dentist’s offices and pharmacies throughout the town
Further hospital services are available in Leicester and Rugby.
Councils and Authorities
The parish is Countesthorpe Parish Council where all the contact information can be found on their website.
The Community Forum is Blaby Central.
The Neighbourhood Policing Unit is Countesthorpe, Foston and Kilby.
The District Council is Blaby District Council.
Countesthorpe has a primary school called Greenfield Primary, a high school named Leysland High School, and a college called Countesthorpe Community College.
The parish church of St. Andrew was started in 1220.
The village has four public houses - The Railway, The King William IV, The Bull's Head and the Axe & Square.
It also has an award winning Indian Restaurant "Dine India", famously mentioned in the national press by patrons Kasabian.
Countesthorpe also have their own library, a village hall and several public playing fields.
Culture and Events
The village regularly hold fund raising events for the village facilities which are often advertised in the Countesthorpe Herald.
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 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, Ullesthorpe Golf Club and the Lutterworth Cricket Club all a short distance away.