Thurmaston


Thurmaston

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 52.67528
longitude= -1.09926
official_name= Thurmaston
population = 9,305
shire_district= Charnwood
shire_county = Leicestershire
region= East Midlands
constituency_westminster=
post_town=
postcode_district =
postcode_area=
dial_code=
os_grid_reference= SK608090
map_type=Leicestershire
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Thurmaston is a village and civil parish within the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England. It is just north of Leicester. In 2000 its population was estimated at 9,305.Fact|date=July 2007

Thurmaston lies on the River Soar and is something of a boating centre. There are two marinas, one of which is also a boat-yard, and numerous less official mooring sites. These lead to the Watermead Country Park which is a purpose-built nature reserve, giving beautiful surroundings for a wide variety of birdlife.

Thurmaston, despite being small, is one of the most noticeable places as you exit Leicester to the North. Its prominent location has seen much development in recent years. In 2002 a new Asda supermarket opened, pushing the old Co-op out of business. The old Co-op site, across the road from Asda, has been developed into a new outdoor shopping centre, housing a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dunelm Mill, Next, Carphone Warehouse, TK Maxx, Starbucks, Outfit, Claire's Accessories, Boots and Sports World. Thurmaston also houses some of the main offices for Walkers Crisps. It is also houses the head office of Arriva Midlands and behind this is Thurmaston Depot which stables buses and drivers for Leicester services.

A Thurmaston urban district was formed in 1894 from what was then urbanised southern part of the parish. This is now part of Leicester, and has never since been known as Thurmaston and was given the name Rushey Mead.

The village is split in two by the Midland Main Line, which is the main London to Sheffield line. To the east of the line is the newer part of the village. To the west is the old village, which stands on the old Fosse Way, the famous road built by the Romans. Taylorcraft Aeroplanes Ltd., a subsidiary based in Thurmaston, developed the Taylorcraft Model 'D' and the Auster Mk. I through Mk. V, which became the backbone aircraft of the British A.O.P.

The village has its own paper, 'The Thurmaston Times' which is published bi-monthly.

The local football team Thurmaston Magpies once boasted former England international striker/defender Dion Dublin in its ranks.

ee also

* Barkby
* Birstall
* Syston


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