Market Harborough : About the area

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about Market Harborough

The delightful market town of Market Harborough lies in a rural part of South Leicestershire and offers a superb range of amenities with an active theatre, a library and numerous sporting clubs.  The town centre offers excellent shopping and a good range of restaurants and cafes.  The centre of Market Harborough is dominated by the steeple of St Dionysius Parish church which dates back to the 14th century.  

Next to the church stands the Old Grammar School, a fascinating timber building dating from 1614. The school room had to be built upon posts to allow the butter market to be held on the ground floor. 

Symingtons Corset factory - made famous by the liberty bodice - ceased trading in 1957 but displays can be found in the Harborough Museum along with local archaeology finds and the complete history of Market Harborough dating back to the 17th century.

Market Harborough is well placed for access to a number of regional centres.  The town is served by East Midlands Trains with direct services to Leicester in about 15 minutes and London St Pancras International can now be reached from Market Harborough in just under an hour.  The Grand Union Canal lies just outside the town and there is an active canal basin - Union Wharf.
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Local Schools:

Maidwell Hall
Spratton Hall
Stoneygate
Uppingham
Oakham
Leicester Grammar 

 

Local Amenities:

Welland Park
Millennium Mile
Golf club
Regular farmers’ market
Leisure centre

 

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Population
Market Harborough has a population of approximately 21,000
 
Rail
1 hour's train journey to St Pancras

Access
6 miles from the A14 giving access to the M1 and M6

Nearest Airport
East Midlands Airport is just 35 miles away

Amenities
Excellent shopping and a good range of restaurants and cafes
 
Foxton Locks
Grade II Listed locks and country park, named after the nearby village of Foxton where there is one of a very few remaining road swing bridges over the Grand Union Canal
 
Local centres
Leicester is 16 miles north and Northampton 15 south of Market Harborough
 
Sporting
There is a leisure centre, rugby and other sporting clubs

Culture
There is an active theatre and library in the town


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