The village of Leire lies in the county of Leicestershire, near to the geographic centre of England. The population is now of over 500 and consists of about 220 houses dating mainly from the late 19th century.
The name of Leire is thought to originate from the old British name for the river Soar which was at different times Leire, Leyre and Legre - a tributary of which has its source to the south of the village.
On this stretch of the river, the village has two water mills: the one at the northern end being Stemborough Mill and on the southern boundary is Leire Mill.
At the time of Domesday, the number of households totalled 20. Multiplying this by five, which was the average household, it is estimated the population of Leire was approximately 100.
In the nineteenth century, the village possessed a butcher, baker, grocer, greengrocer, haberdasher, cobbler, bootmaker, wheelwright, blacksmith, village carrier and three public houses.
Major Road Links
The village has easy access to the A5, M1, M6, M69 and the nearby city of Leicester and towns of Rugby and Lutterworth.
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 Rugby.
Councils and Authorities
The parish is Leire Parish Council where all the contact information can be found on their website.
The Neighbourhood Policing Unit is Broughton Astley and Walton.
The District Council is Harborough District Council.
Leicesterhire County Council
There are no Primary Schools in Leire but Dunton Bassett and Broughton Astley both within 2 miles can accommodate Leire residents.
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.
Leire Village Hall is maintained and run purely through local fund raising activities organised by the Village Hall Committee, voluntary donations, contributions from local organisations and individuals, and receives no state or local funding.
The Parish church of St Peter's in Leire dates from 1868 when the present church was rebuilt onto an older 14th century tower. The Incumbent is also responsible for the parishes of Ashby Parva and Dunton Bassett.
Culture and Events
The Leire Parish council holds many events throughout the year for the villagers and surrounding locals which is often publicised through a local advertisement paper known as ‘The Swift Flash’.
Clubs and Leisure
Although a small and rural Village Leire has many local clubs such as Brownies, Beavers and Cubs. A Garden Club and Womens Institute are also organisations that are part of Leire.
While there are no sporting societies in Leire itself, there are several clubs located in neighbouring villages and at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre. Further afield at The Market Harborough Leisure Centre there is an array of sporting activities and clubs available. 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.