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Husbands Bosworth

Husbands Bosworth is a large crossroads village in South Leicestershire on the A5199 road from Leicester city to Northampton and the A4304 road from Junction 20 of the M1 motorway to Market Harborough.

Husbands Bosworth
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Husbands Bosworth
Husbands Bosworth is located in Leicestershire
Husbands Bosworth
Husbands Bosworth
Location within Leicestershire
Population1,145 (2011)
OS grid referenceSP642842
Civil parish
  • Husbands Bosworth
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTTERWORTH
Postcode districtLE17
Dialling code01858
PoliceLeicestershire
FireLeicestershire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire
52°27′09″N 1°03′21″W / 52.4526°N 1.0559°W / 52.4526; -1.0559Coordinates: 52°27′09″N 1°03′21″W / 52.4526°N 1.0559°W / 52.4526; -1.0559

John Cooke, Solicitor General and later the prosecutor in the trial of Charles I, was baptised here on 18 September 1608 in the All Saints church.

To the north of the village the Grand Union Canal passes through a 1,166-yard (1,066 m) tunnel that bears the name of the village. The River Welland passes one mile to the south-east, very close to its source. The River Avon also passes close by, two miles to the south-west. On the southern boundary of the village is a thriving allotment site, immediately adjacent to the village's cemetery.

The nearest railway station is Market Harborough.

RAF Husbands BosworthEdit

Royal Air Force Station Husbands Bosworth opened in 1943 with its main tenant being the Wellington Bombers of No. 85 Operational Training Unit (No.85 OTU), RAF Bomber Command.[1] The unit was formed from an element from No.14 OTU and was tasked with training crews to undertake night bombing operations. No.85 OTU was disbanded on 14 June 1945, following which the Station was placed on care & maintenance before finally being decommissioned in 1946. It was then subsequently used to house displaced Polish families.[2]

Today the airfield (at SP650827) is the home of a gliding club, and a rapid response police helicopter unit, the East Midlands Air Support Unit.[3]The truncated Sibbertoft Road now lies on what once was the main east-west runway.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.rafweb.org/Organsation/OTU_4.htm
  2. ^ "AERODROME IN WWII". Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Husbands Bosworth Gliding Centre and Gliding Club". theglidingcentre.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Husbands Bosworth at Wikimedia Commons