Gilmorton is a highly sought after village in rural south Leicestershire, populated by around nine hundred people with a variety of housing from thatched cottages, traditional cottages to more modern homes.
Like many villages in the area it appears to be of Anglo-Saxon origin and is dated as far back as the Doomsday book of 1086. Its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon words “gilden” meaning “golden”, and “Morton” meaning “a town on the moor”
Major Road Links
The village has easy access to the M1 motorway, being close to Lutterworth which is next to Junction 20. It is also within easy reach of the nearby towns of Lutterworth, Market Harborough and the city of Leicester.
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 Market Harborough.
Councils and Authorities
The Gilmorton Parish Council
The Harborough District Council
Leicestershire County Council
The local primary school is the Gilmorton Church of England School, which also takes in children from the nearby villages of Walton by Kimcote, Bruntingthorpe, Upper Bruntingthorpe, Peatling Parva, Ashby Magna and Willoughby Waterleys.
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.
The local church is the All Saints Church of England. The village has several services, including a village shop with a post office outlet, 3 pub restaurants, being The Red Lion, Crown Inn and The Grey Goose. The Lutterworth Mobile Library passes though once a fortnight, and a public bus service also runs through the village.
Culture and Events
Dance and drama shows are frequently held at the nearby venue of Lutterworth College. Annual events, such as the carnival and Christmas lights switch-on are also held in Lutterworth, in addition to many other events that occur throughout the year.
Clubs and Leisure
All three public houses in the village also well regarded restaurants with excellent reputations among patrons. There are several sporting societies operating in the village, and a variety of other clubs are only a couple of miles outside the village in Lutterworth, as well as further restaurants, public houses, and bars.
There are two sets of private fishing lakes just outside the village, in addition to the nearby golf courses at Lutterworth and Kilworth Springs. The village itself also has a football pitch complete with a large modern pavilion for its football club, a cricket club with its own grounds on the edge of the village, and is in easy reach of the Lutterworth Leisure Centre.