Newton Burgoland Village Profile
The village of Newton Burgoland is in the parish of Swepstone about two miles from Ibstock and four miles from Market Bosworth. It is surrounded by farmland and provides the perfect rural lifestyle .
The village boasts one of the oldest pubs in Leicestershire, The Belper Arms, which dates back to 1290 when it was a wayside inn called the Shepherd and Shepherdess. The village was noted as an agricultural settlement called Neutone in the Domesday Book and has changed relatively little since that time. Since the Industrial Revolution the villagers, if not involved with agriculture, have worked in the hosiery industry and since the 19th Century in the mining industry based around nearby Measham. Sadly neither of these industries survive today and so villagers tend to work in the nearby centres of Leicester and Ashby de la Zouch. The village has also had some interesting characters living there and in 1863, it was recorded that the village had its own hermit. Strictly speaking, as the hermit lived in a cottage in the middle of the village, the definition of hermit does not really apply, but he used to keep the villagers amused by hanging effigies of religious leaders, who had annoyed him, on a homemade gallows!
There are Mother and Toddler Groups in both Ashby and Ibstock.
There are a number of independent schools in this area including :
A co-educational independent school taking children from the ages of 11 to 18.
Dixie Grammar Junior School, is the pre-preparatory department for children aged 4-11 years .
Twycross School, a co-educational independent school for children in the prepreparatory school from 4 to 8 years and in the main school from 8 to 18 years.
All of these schools can be found on www.ofsted.gov.uk
The Church of England Parish Church of St Peter is in nearby Swepstone. The newly consecrated Congregational Chapel was originally built in 1790 but fell into disuse and was reconsecrated in 2009.
The nearest Baptist Chapel is in Ibstock and the local Catholic Churches are in Market Bosworth, Ashby or Measham.
The District council is North West Leicestershire District Council
The County Council is Leicestershire County Council
The village in 2010 has a village shop and three pubs and the village is surrounded by towns and villages that boast football, tennis, cricket and rugby teams. There are also Brownie/Guide and Cub/Scout groups locally. The area is serviced each fortnight by the mobile library, however Market Bosworth also provides a well stocked library with internet access.
Newton Burgoland is well placed for gastropubs and restaurants. It’s own Belper Arms has a very good reputation for good food and slightly further afield are the vast choice of eating places in Market Bosworth and Ashby
Market Bosworth is without doubt one of the most popular places to live in West Leicestershire.
There is a fantastic sense of community which is reflected in the rich and varied activities organised in the town.
Market Bosworth is steeped in history and is probably best known for the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses fought on the 22nd August 1485, when Richard became the last King of England to die on the field of battle. The historic market place, at the centre of the town, is surrounded by interesting speciality shops, cafes and restaurants and hosts a bustling weekly market and a , monthly Farmers Market. There are many beautiful walks around the town which also has a large country park and a water park.
Market Bosworth Festival A series of cultural events including classical concerts, an open art exhibition and outdoor pop concert take place in June each year, However, the organising committee are now extending this to include various events throughout the year.
Market Bosworth Show A small agricultural and country show which is held in July has been
part of the town's calendar for over a hundred years
Market Bosworth has a thriving rugby club with junior, colts and senior teams playing in various Midland Leagues
Has six courts three of which are floodlit with a number of teams in the Leicestershire Leagues.
Attractive green in the centre of Market Bosworth
Has a number of junior teams
Basketball Club with two teams playing in the Leicestershire League
Bosworth Hall Health Club
Bosworth Water Park lies to the West of Market Bosworth where there is a fantastic range of sporting activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and camping.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park There is a small museum, restaurant and some fantastic walks.
A section of railway line has been reopened by the Shackerstone Railway Society and runs between Shackerstone and Shenton, periodically there are steam locomotives running.