- Wigston Magna
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Great Wigston
population = 2
Oadby and Wigston
region= East Midlands
postcode_district = LE18
Great Wigston or Wigston Magna (see also
Wigston Parva), is a town within Leicestershire, Englandjust to the south of Leicester, on the A5199 roadwhich leads to Northampton.
It runs directly into
Oadbyto the east, with which it shares Oadby and Wigstondistrict council, and Leicesterto the north. An area known as South Wigstonis actually to the west. The town is part of the Leicester Urban Area.
One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the
Domesday bookwhere it is listed amongst the lands held by Hugh de Grandmesnil"Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration". London: Penguin, 2003. p. 652 ISBN 0-14-143994-7] for the King.
In the Middle Ages it was known as Wigston Two Spires as, unusually, there were two mediaeval churches there, All Saints and St. Wistans.
St Wistan's is known as that because it was one of the places where the body of St Wistan rested before burial. First, he was buried at
Reptonand finally in Evesham. St Wistanwas a Mercian Prince who was assassinated but was regarded as a Martyr.
It was the birthplace of George Davenport, a notorious highwayman and Abigail Herrick, the mother of
Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels and former Leicester Soundand BBC Radio Leicester presenter, Mark Hayman. Graham Chapman, of Monty Pythonfame, also did much of his growing up in Wigston.
There is a Framework Knitting Museum here, as it was an important occupation in this area.
Wigston was the subject of
W. G. Hoskins's pioneering historical study, "The Midland Peasant" (London: Macmillan, 1965), which traced the social historyof this village from earliest recorded history into the 19th century.
MacFisheries' MacMarkets was the town's major supermarket for many years. It became a branch of International Stores in the late 1970s and was later successively a Gateway Foodmarket, Kwik Save, Somerfield and Kwik Save once again before becoming vacant for quite some time; it has recently re-opened as a branch of Wilkinson which has relocated from elsewhere in the town. There is a Sainsbury's in the centre of the town, and
Tescoon Blaby Road in neighbouring South Wigston.
[http://www.abington.leics.sch.uk Abington High School] (built 1952, former secondary modern, ages 10-14), [http://www.bushloe.com Bushloe High School] (ages 10-14, completely rebuilt September 2006), [http://www.guth.org.uk Guthlaxton College] (built late 1950s, ages 14-18, former grammar school),and South Leicestershire College (formerly Wigston College) are all very near each other on "Station Road". The schools' results are average for Leicestershire, but below average for the UK. Close by, on the same road are the headquarters of the Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
South Leicestershire College is set to be rebuilt on Canal Street, South Wigston and should be completed in 2010.
[http://www.1461squadron.co.uk 1461 (Wigston) Squadron] of the
Air Training Corpsis located in South Wigston, and recruits many members from the schools in Wigston.
South Wigston railway stationlies on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. Trains to Leicester run every two hours and take five minutes. Connections are frequent from Leicester Railway Station to London St Pancras, where Eurostarinternational services have operated since November 2007.
* [http://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk Borough of Oadby and Wigston]
* [http://www.wigston-college.ac.uk South Leicestershire College]
* [http://www.webwigston.co.uk Wigston Community Website]
* [http://www.wigstonbrassband.com Wigston Band]
* [http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/libraries/county_libraries/oadbywigston_libraries/wigston_library.htm Library]
* [http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/wigston Leicestershire Villages]
* [http://www.wigstonmagna.leicester.anglican.org All Saints and St Wistan churches]
* [http://www.allsaintsprimary.com All Saints CE Primary School]
* [http://www.lrmf.org.uk/m_26_wig.htm Framework Knitting Museum]
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