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The old Belgrave Village, containing the Belgrave Conservation Area, including Belgrave Hall, the 12th-century St Peter's Church and The Talbot pub, is to the west of Loughborough Road.
Belgrave is bounded by the suburb of Rushey Mead to the north, the county village of Birstall to the north-west, Humberstone & Hamilton to the north-east, Latimer to the south, Charnwood to the east, Highfields to the south-east, Abbey to the west, the St Matthew's estate to the east–west and Leicester City Centre to the south-west. It is located immediately north of the centre of Leicester, in the eastern part of the city. The old village part of Belgrave is close to the county border, which is located on the other side of the Red Hill Roundabout.
The settlement was named in the Domesday Book as Merdegrave (from Old English mearð 'marten' + grāf 'grove'). However, after the Norman Conquest the merde, which means excrement in French, was changed to bel.
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One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands given to Hugh de Grandmesnil by the King. The land consisted of a mill, 24 acres (97,000 m2) of meadow and land for 6 ploughs.
The name was used for the large 19th-century terraced developments along the A607 (Belgrave Road and then Melton Road). This area now has a large, vibrant Asian community featuring the "Golden Mile", a stretch of road a mile long named that due to its particularly high concentration of jewellery shops. The Asian community based in and around Belgrave and Melton Road have been residents since the early 1970s.
Belgrave is home to Belgrave Hall & Gardens. Belgrave Hall (1709) is a Grade II* listed building in a plain classical style. The Hall is in the midst of two acres of serene walled gardens that are open to the public during special events. It has changed hands many times but the owners have always played a major role in the economic, social and charitable life of the community.
St Peter's Church is the oldest building in the local conservation area, parts of which date from the twelfth century. Archaeologists believe there may be an earlier Saxon church beneath the present structure.
The Talbot Inn has origins in the 14th century, when it was a popular stop providing bed and board to those who travelled through Leicester along Loughborough Road.
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The area, since the 1970s, has had a large Asian population and is now predominately Asian.
In the 2011 census the population of Belgrave was 11,558 and is made up of approximately 51% females and 49% males. The average age of people in Belgrave is 36, while the median age is lower at 34. 43.0% of people living in Belgrave were born in England. Other top answers for country of birth were 28.4% India, 5.6% Kenya, 3.2% Sri Lanka, 1.6% Africa not otherwise specified, 0.8% Pakistan, 0.6% Zimbabwe, 0.4% Somalia, 0.3% Bangladesh, 0.2% Scotland.
46.7% of people living in Belgrave speak English as their main language. The other top languages spoken are 35.8% Gujarati, 4.3% Panjabi, 3.3% Tamil, 1.3% Portuguese, 0.9% South Asian Language, 0.9% Polish, 0.9% Hindi, 0.9% Urdu, 0.6% Somali.
The religious make up of Belgrave is 54.6% Hindu, 14.3% Christian, 14.1% Muslim, 6.4% No religion, 5.5% Sikh, 0.3% Buddhist.
443 people did not state a religion. Four people identified as Jedi knights.
48.1% of people are married, 4.0% cohabit with a member of the opposite sex, 0.5% live with a partner of the same sex, 28.9% are single and have never married or been in a registered same sex partnership, 7.5% are separated or divorced. There are 487 widowed people living in Belgrave.
The top occupations listed by people in Belgrave are Elementary at 20.6%, Process, plant and machine operatives at 18.7%, Elementary administration and service at 14.3%, Sales and customer service at 13.1%, Sales at 10.7%, Sales Assistants and Retail Cashiers at 9.8%, Administrative and secretarial at 9.6%, Caring, leisure and other service at 9.2% and Process Operatives at 8.5%.
Schools in the area
Primary schools: Belgrave St Peter's Church of England Primary, Mellor Community Primary, Catherine Infants and Catherine Juniors, St Patrick's Catholic Primary, Abbey Primary. Rushey Mead Primary and Wyvern Primary are both located near to Belgrave in the neighbouring area of Rushey Mead and are attended by many schoolchildren from Belgrave.
Places of interest
- National Space Centre - Space Science and astronomy museum and educational resource.
- Abbey Pumping Station - A science and technology museum that was formerly a sewage pumping station.
- Belgrave Hall - An 18th-century hall owned at one point by the locally prominent Ellis family. It was a museum but is now an events venue and is occasionally used for public events with the gardens opening periodically throughout the year.
- The Belgrave Conservation Area - Includes a church dating back to the twelfth century and The Talbot pub.
- Golden Mile - Named that due to the many Indian shops along it, including gold jewellery, food and saree shops. This road is at the centre of annual Diwali celebrations in the city, having rows of lights that are switched on in front of thousands of visitors each year.
- Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre - Outdoor Activity Centre.
The River Soar runs through Belgrave.
The Number 22 First bus travels to and from Evington via Leicester City Centre and then on to Belgrave on the A607 Belgrave and Melton Roads and then Marfitt Street, Gipsy Lane and Barkby Road before proceeding into Rushey Mead on Wyvern Avenue and Gleneagles Avenue and then turning around on Trevino Drive, just before the Leicestershire county boundary and the village of Thurmaston.
The Number 21 First service travels from Leicester City Centre and through the St Matthew's estate before getting on to Catherine Street and then passing through Rushey Mead and then on to Charnwood before eventually reaching its terminus in the nearby county village of Thurmaston.
The nearest bus stations, both located in Leicester City Centre are The Haymarket Bus Station, where buses to or from Belgrave start and terminate at and St Margaret's Bus Station, which is mostly used for trips.
Former Councillors for Belgrave include Archibald Berridge and Ramnik Kavia, both of whom served as Lord Mayors of Leicester, Colin Hall, the city's Lord Mayor from 2010–11 and a resident of the area since 1968 and Manjula Sood, Britain's first Asian woman Lord Mayor.
Council Election Results
|Labour||Mahendra Mohanbhai Valand||4707|
|Conservative||Ramesh Pamsi Bhulabhai||1205|
|Conservative||Devi Prakashveer Singh||951|
|Independent||Sanjay Prem Gogia||324|
|Liberal Democrats||Asit Sodha||293|
|Independent||Khandubhai Vanmalibhai Patel||211|
|Labour||Mansukhlal Dharamshi Chohan||5,705|
|Labour||John William Thomas||4,653|
|Conservative||Manish Naresh Teli||1273|
|Green||Dinah Gilian Freer||466|
- John Ellis - Quaker, noted liberal reformer, businessman, Chairman of Midland Railway, MP for Leicester and a former owner and resident, along with his family of Belgrave Hall.
- Tony Sibson - Professional boxer and former European and Commonwealth middleweight champion, lived in and went to school in Belgrave.
- Jennie Fletcher - British competitive swimmer, Olympic gold medallist and former world record-holder, born in Belgrave.
- Tom Sidwell - cricketer, born in Belgrave.
- George Walton - cricketer, born and died in Belgrave.
- David Weston - artist and author, born in Belgrave.
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