Stoke Golding Village Profile
Stoke Golding is a very popular village located close to both Hinckley and Nuneaton. There is a very active village community and indeed Stoke Golding has its own web site which is packed full of useful information.
Traditionally Stoke Golding is known as the village where King Henry VII was crowned after the Battle of Bosworth. It has also recently been established that the battle took place much closer to the village than previously thought. The village sign proudly shows the two hawthorn bushes on Crown Hill where Richard III's crown was said to have been found following his death. The villagers of Stoke Golding, on August 22nd 1485, climbed to the top of the tower of St. Margaret's Church , to watch the battle in the distance and indeed there are grooves on the window sills where the archers, on the night before the battle, sharpened their arrows. Sir Reginald Bray. one of Henry Tudor's knights, had found the crown and brought it to the new king for an ''impromptu'' coronation using an old table and chair from a local farmhouse . Following their moment in history Stoke Golding returned to being a sleepy, farming village, however, as the Industrial Revolution crept across England, small industries grew up including the making of socks, stockings and shoes. Goods were brought to the village by the Ashby Canal or the railway which connected the village to Nuneaton, Coalville and the North. Most of the industry has now gone, although a small trading estate still remains alongside three pubs, a Post Office, a general shop and a small marina on the Ashby Canal.
Stoke Golding lies about three miles to the north west of Hinckley and is well placed for motorway links to the M1 and M69 which in turn links to the M6.
A well established playgroup, the Robin Hood Playgroup has been in the village since 1984.
St Margaret's Church of England Aided Primary School, High Street, Stoke Golding
5 - 11 years
St Martin's Catholic School, Stoke Golding for 11 -14 years
John Cleveland College, Hinckley for 14 - 19 years
The area also has a good range of independent schools with the nearest being
Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth
A private school taking children from the ages of 11 to 18.
Dixie Grammar Junior School at Wellesborough for children 4 to 11 years
Ofsted Reports are available on all the above at www.ofsted.gov.uk
There is a doctors surgery in the village in Pine Close.
There are several Dental practices within a five mile radius including those in Market Bosworth and Hinckley
There are four churches in the village,
St. Margaret of Antioch, Church of England Parish Church in High Street
The Methodist Church in Main Street
The Zion Baptist Church in High Street
The Roman Catholic Church is based at St. Martins Convent Chapel where Mass is sung every Tuesday and Sunday
The village is visited by the Mobile Library and there is a wellstocked library available in Hinckley.
The village has a very active Parish Council which meets monthly in the Village Hall
The District Council is Hinckley and Bosworth Council
The County Council is Leicestershire County Council.
SPORTS AND LEISURE FACILITIES
Sports and interest groups abound in and around the village, including a Heritage Group, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Badminton, a Youth Club, Line Dancing, Indoor Bowls, Good Companions, the Allotment Society, a Cricket Club, Keep Fit, Tai Chi, a Craft Group, The WI, a football team, a bellringing group and last but not least, a Yoga Group.
Contact details for many of these clubs can be found on the villages own excellent web site
There are gym facilties at Spindles at Bosworth Hall Hotel in nearby Market Bosworth and also a swimming pool and leisure centre in Hinckley
The village has three public houses one of which has a Chinese restaurant and the surrounding area has many pubs, restaurants and hotels.