Oadby and Wigston

Oadby and Wigston is a local government district and borough in the English county of Leicestershire. It was formed in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the merger of the Oadby and Wigston urban districts. The population of the district at the 2011 census was 56,170.[1] The district forms part of the Harborough constituency.

Borough of Oadby and Wigston
Oadby, one of the two towns that form the borough
Oadby, one of the two towns that form the borough
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyLeicestershire
Admin. HQWigston Magna
 • TypeOadby and Wigston Borough Council
 • Leadership:Alternative - Sec.31[clarification needed]
 • Executive:Liberal Democrat
 • MPs:Neil O'Brien
 • Total9.08 sq mi (23.53 km2)
 • Rank307th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total57,015
 • RankRanked 306th
 • Density6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ISO 3166-2GB-LEC
ONS code31UJ (ONS)
E07000135 (GSS)
Ethnicity82.8% White
13.5% S.Asian
1.3% Black British
Wigston Magna, one of the two towns that form the borough
South Wigston, the largest village in the borough


It is composed of the areas of Oadby, Wigston Magna and South Wigston. It is predominantly urban, and runs directly into Leicester, to the north-west. There are no civil parishes in the district.

Brocks Hill Environmental Centre at Brocks Hill Country Park

The most northerly corner is near the junction of the A6030 and B582, and near the Bupa hospital it meets Harborough. It runs along the B582 then along the former Roman road (which runs to Corby), passing the playing fields of the University of Leicester. It passes along the north edge of Oadby Lodge, a farm owned by the Co-op. Towards the deserted village of Stretton Magna (outside the district), the boundary passes southwestwards. This area was proposed to be the site of the eco-town Pennbury. It crosses the A6 at Glen Gorse Golf Club. It crosses Newton Lane and the Midland Main Line. It crosses the Grand Union Canal, and towards Kilby it meets the district of Blaby at the River Sence. It follows the River Sence, crossing the A5199 (Welford Road). At Rose Farm it follows Countesthorpe Road towards South Wigston, to the Grand Union Canal, crossing the former Midland Counties Railway, which it follows westwards. It passes northwards across St Thomas Road (B582) and the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. It passes northwards on the east side of the Glen Parva prison (in Blaby district). It meets Leicester UA south of Eyres Monsell, a large housing estate.

District map

Following the Leicester boundary, it crosses Saffron Road (B5366), then follows Dorset Avenue, follows the Midland Main Line northwards, crossing Aylestone Lane (B5418), then crosses the Midland Main Line. It crosses the Welford Road (A5199) at the point where the road becomes a dual-carriageway south of the Best Western Leicester Stage Hotel (in Leicester UA). It passes on the south edge of Knighton Park, and the western edge of Oadby Golf Club, west of Leicester Racecourse (in the district). Near the racecourse entrance it crosses the A563 southern ring road, then London Road (A6), passing northwards along the western edge of the University of Leicester's Oadby Student Village, west of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden (in the district).



Although perceived as an affluent area, and much more affluent than neighbouring Leicester, it has the second lowest house prices in Leicestershire, only above Hinckley and Bosworth. Paradoxically it neighbours Harborough, which has the highest house prices in Leicestershire. House prices in Leicestershire are higher in rural areas as demand for these areas is higher; demand often exceeds supply.

Overall, social deprivation is fairly low in the district, and in the lowest half for social deprivation in Leicestershire. The district shows definite features common to areas in the economic south of England. 60% of the district lies in the 20% least-deprived English areas. There are pockets of relative deprivation in Super Output Areas (by highest deprivation) South Wigston Blaby Road & Saffron Road (E01025987), Chartwell Drive Industrial Estate (E01025994), South Wigston Countesthorpe Road (E01025989), Guthlaxton College & Wigston Police (E01025992), Oadby Industrial Estate (E01025976), and Wigston Rolleston Road (E01025997). Social deprivation in the district is highest in the Wigston area, specifically along the B582, in the Wigston Fields, South Wigston and Wigston All Saints wards.

The least deprived Super Output Area is Oadby Woodland Grange Primary School (E01025982), followed by Oadby Glen Road (E01025984).[2][3][4] The least deprived areas are in the far east of the district (Oadby), east of the A6 in the Oadby Woodlands ward near to Great Glen, the closest major village in Harborough district to Oadby and Wigston where the Leicester Urban Area, as presently defined, gives way to the county.

Population growth in Oadby and Wigston
Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2016 2021 2031
Population 23,943 34,206 50,253 50,014 51,542 55,773 56,170 55,800 56,500 59,700
Census [5] ONS[6] ONS Projections [7]

The stabilisation of population levels over recent decades indicates that the borough has a reducing area available for green field development. To meet targets in housing provision, including affordable options, there may be a requirement for new higher density quality developments around the two town centres, for example, and/or on redundant industrial land.

Political controlEdit

Oadby and Wigston council offices, Bushloe House, Wigston Magna, off the B582

The current composition of the council is as follows:

Party Seats [8]
Liberal Democrats 23
Conservative 3

The Conservatives held a majority of seats on the council from its creation in 1973 until 1991. The Liberal Democrats first won a majority in 1991 and have retained control since then. The current leader and deputy leader of the council are John Boyce and Samia Haq.


Both Beauchamp College, in the south of Oadby, and Wigston College, on the B582 in Wigston, are former grammar schools. Both are upper schools, as the three tier system operates in the district's schools. Also near the council offices on the B582 is South Leicestershire College, an FE college. Next to the Beauchamp College is the Gartree High School, a middle school. Another school is Manor High School, Oadby, the largest middle school in the country.

Ash Tree Road in Oadby


Coat of arms of Oadby and Wigston
On a wreath Argent and Gules an owl affronty supporting with the wings a Brown pelt charged with a shuttle erect all Proper.
Quarterly Gules and Vert on a bend Or between in the second and third quarters two bars gemelles Or surmounted of a pile reversed Argent a lion's gamb erased Gules between two pierced cinquefoils Ermine
On the dexter side a lamb guardant Argent and on the sinister side a tiger guardant the tail reflexed upward along the exterior thigh Proper.
Obtain Wisdom [9]

Freedom of the boroughEdit

The following people, military units and Organisations have received the Freedom of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston.


  • H. Embacher: 1988.

Military unitsEdit

Organisations and groupsEdit


  1. ^ "Local Government district population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Leicestershire County Council - Serving the people of Leicestershire" (PDF). www.leics.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Reports" (PDF). www.lsr-online.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Reports" (PDF). www.lsr-online.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ Vision of Britain through time
  6. ^ mid year estimate
  7. ^ ONS population projections 2014 base
  8. ^ "Oadby and Wigston Borough Council".
  9. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Freedom of the Borough march to be held in Wigston". Leicester Mercury. 1 May 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Freedom of the Borough".
  12. ^ "University of Leicester granted Honorary Freedom of the Borough". Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  13. ^ "University of Leicester Granted Freedom of The Borough". In Your Area. 4 April 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.

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Coordinates: 52°35′31″N 1°05′42″W / 52.592°N 1.095°W / 52.592; -1.095