Enderby, Leicestershire

Enderby is a small town and civil parish in Leicestershire, on the southwest outskirts of the city of Leicester. The parish includes the neighbourhood of St John's, which is east of the village separated from it by the M1 motorway. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 6,314.[1]

Enderby Parish Church 2011.jpg
St John the Baptist parish church
Enderby is located in Leicestershire
Location within Leicestershire
Population6,314 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSK596088
Civil parish
  • Enderby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLeicester
Postcode districtLE19
Dialling code0116
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteEnderby Parish Council
List of places
52°35′17″N 1°12′33″W / 52.58806°N 1.20917°W / 52.58806; -1.20917Coordinates: 52°35′17″N 1°12′33″W / 52.58806°N 1.20917°W / 52.58806; -1.20917

The village is situated on the B4114 between Fosse Shopping Park and Narborough. The parish includes Fosse Shopping Park, Grove Park Commercial Centre and Everards Brewery.

The parish is bounded by the City of Leicester and the civil parishes of Braunstone Town, Glen Parva, Lubbesthorpe, Narborough and Whetstone.

The course of the Fosse Way Roman road passes through the parish. Near St John's is the deserted village of Aldeby by the River Soar.[2]

Enderby Hall was the ancestral home of the Smith family when the paternal line ended. The hall was left to Charles Loraine who took the name Charles Loraine Smith.[3]


Enderby was in the Parliamentary constituency of Blaby between 1974 and 2010, when it was replaced with the South Leicestershire constituency. It is currently represented in the House of Commons by Alberto Costa MP of the Conservative Party.[4]

Former railwayEdit

A disused freight only railway line known locally as ‘Whistle Way’ is to the north of the village, and has since become the western edge of the Enderby and Narborough areas.[citation needed] This branch line used to link the now disused Enderby Warren Quarry with the Birmingham to Leicester Line about 12 mile (800 m) southwest of Narborough railway station.[citation needed]


Enderby is home to Fosse Shopping Park, one of Britain's biggest out-of-town shopping parks.[5] The village centre has a newsagents, petrol station, florists, beauty salon, delicatessen, library, cafe, bookmakers, and hand car wash. It has two "Co-operative Food" stores within metres of each other, one owned by Central England Co-operative and another by The Co-operative Group.

Enderby has a leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, squash courts and sports hall for badminton and 5-a-side football. There is also a nine-hole pay-and-play golf course. The Nags Head pub in Enderby is a popular attraction and a known watering hole of ex-forces.

The head office of clothing retailer Next plc is located in Enderby.[6]

Enderby is twinned with Le Haillan, a suburb of Bordeaux, France.



Enderby is near the M1 and M69 motorways. The B4114 and B582 both run through the village.


Rail transport is provided by nearby Narborough railway station on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. Trains are operated by CrossCountry and provide regular services to Leicester, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Birmingham.


Arriva Midlands operate services 50, X55 and X84 from Leicester into the village. [1]

Enderby Park and Ride is situated on the corner of B4114 St John's and Leicester Lane, opposite Leicestershire Constabulary Headquarters and Palmers Garden Centre, and was opened on 16 November 2009. It has parking for 1,000 cars. Buses run every 15 minutes into Leicester city centre from 7am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Stops include Smith Way (Grove Park), Aylestone Road (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Oxford Street (De Montfort University) and St. Nicholas Circle (stand FD). [2]


4–6 Broad Street, a 16th-century thatched cruck cottage that for a period served as a branch of Barclays Bank[7]

The schools that Enderby children usually attend are:


Enderby Town Football Club was founded in 1900. It played in the local Leicestershire Senior League until 1969, and joined the Southern League in 1972. It changed its name to Leicester United F.C. in 1983 and was dissolved in 1996.[10]

Enderby Town Football Club was the club of Chris Balderstone after he stopped playing professional football for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South.[citation needed] At the time Balderstone was part way through his long career as a professional cricketer for Leicestershire.[citation needed]


Enderby was where Colin Pitchfork raped and murdered a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1986.[11] He also killed a girl of the same age in nearby Narborough in 1983. Initially a 17-year-old youth was suspected, and even confessed to one of the murders, but DNA testing cleared him.[12] Following what was the first mass DNA screening of an entire community, Pitchfork was the first person to be convicted of murder using DNA profiling.[13][14][15][16]

Sister villageEdit


  1. ^ "Area: Enderby (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ Dare, M. Paul (1927). "Aldeby" (PDF). Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological Society. 15: 333–6. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ Charles Loraine Smith, History of Parliament, retrieved 8 June 2014
  4. ^ "Alberto Costa MP". South Leicestershire. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Out-of-town shopping park to change hands for £360m". The Times. 20 January 2006.
  6. ^ "Next Plc NXT:LSE Company Description". Financial Times. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Barclays Bank, 4 and 6, Broad Street  (Grade II) (1074746)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ Danemill School Website
  9. ^ Brockington College Website
  10. ^ Enderby Town at the Football Club History Database
  11. ^ BBC News - 20 Years of DNA Evidence
  12. ^ Forensic Science Service - Colin Pitchfork - first murder conviction on DNA evidence also clears the prime suspect Archived 14 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Leicester University - Genetics History
  14. ^ Canadian National DNA Bank - Colin Pitchfork
  15. ^ Times Online - The DNA scientist who made individuals of us all
  16. ^ The Telegraph - Great Britons: How the DNA dude changed life

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