Houghton On The Hill
Houghton on the Hill offers the double advantage of a highly desirable village location, whilst remaining within a comfortable commute of attractive larger settlements (two with public schools) and the city of Leicester. In addition there are some lovely smaller villages within easy reach, themselves set amongst Leicestershire’s very beautiful countryside. Some of the properties in Houghton are centuries old, which lends a traditional English ‘chocolate box’ character to parts of the village. The wide range of community activities, village newspaper and amenities catering for day to day needs, further adds to the appeal of Houghton on the Hill.
The population of 10 souls, logged in the Domesday Book, has now grown considerably! Over the centuries, Houghton has seen the demise of its traditional manor house, farming community, smithy and windmill etc, with railway navvies perhaps being the first influx of industrial workers in the 1880s. However, Houghton is able to boast some artistic heritage, since it was the birthplace of the Lichfield artist, John Glover (1767-1849).
The main A47 bypasses the majority of the housing in the village of, but thereby affords easy access for its residents into Leicester city and also to the nearby picturesque market towns of Uppingham and Oakham, both of which are home to prestigious public schools. Leicester is a comfortable commute to the west of Houghton and offers the extensive range of facilities of a modern city, including a mainline rail service to London St Pancras International, (approximately one hour journey time).
As well as being placed close to the main Leicester – Uppingham artery, the village retains a public bus service which stops in the village centre during the day and along the A47 at peak times only.
For babies, toddlers and their parents in 2010, Duck’s Friends offers a weekly meeting point at the village hall to share time, toys, crafts and refreshments.
There are two churches in Houghton – one Anglican and one Methodist.
The shops and amenities include two public houses (the Old Black Horse on Main Street and the Rose and Crown on Uppingham Road) a pharmacy, hairdressers, a Post Office with a newsagency, a ‘Village Store’ Co-op, a fish and chip shop, a petrol station and car servicing garage.
Houghton on the Hill village hall hosts a number of social clubs, such as Brownies, Guides and Scouts packs, a gardening club, bridge, knit and natter, a walking group, sing-together and various exercise classes such as pilates, dance and karate.
In addition to the above, there are a number of sporting groups in the village, such as bowls, cricket, a field association and football.