- Anstey, Leicestershire
infobox UK place
area= 6.25sq Mi
population= 5,821 (2001 Census) [http://www.leics.gov.uk/anstey_ward.pdf]
region= East Midlands
Anstey is a large semi-industrialised village in
Leicestershire, England, located north west of Leicesterin the borough of Charnwood. Its population was about 6,000 at the 2001 census although this is likely to have increased. The village is separated from Leicesterby the Rothley Brook, Castle Hill Park and the A46, and it borders the villages of Glenfield, Groby, Newtown Linford, Cropstonand Thurcastonas well as the suburb of Beaumont Leysand Anstey Heights. To the north-west lies Bradgate Park.
Anstey is known as the Gateway to
Charnwood Forest. It is a combination of traditional English village (with two village greens - the top green and bottom green) and an industrial town (with several 19th-century hosieryfactories, many of which are now being turned into apartments) which is made up mostly of a number of small estates, both council and private which are intertwined , often with no clear border.Anstey has been the site of a number of house-building schemes in recent years, increasing the village's population significantly - this, alongside the rising unemployment caused by the closure of local industry has caused a rise in criminal activity in the area [ [http://connectingcommunities.charnwood-arts.org.uk/index.php?subareaid=1&pageid=438 Connecting Communities ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/5155084.stm BBC NEWS | England | Leicestershire | Drug dealers to repay crime cash ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/25432.stm BBC News | Business | Three remanded on City fraud charges ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4031353.stm BBC NEWS | England | Leicestershire | Youngster dies after house fire ] ] [http://www.thisisleicestershire.com/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132407&command=displayContent&sourceNode=132390&contentPK=19977130&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch] , which was once renowned for being a safe and relatively wealthy area.
At the most recent parish meeting it was accepted that Jelson Homes would be allowed to build a further 47 homes reaching from Bradgate Road to the top of Link Road [ [http://beehive.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=SiteHome&ID=5564&PageID=98330 Anstey Community Action: Anstey "NEW" news! ] ] which has caused controversy in the village. Anstey is widely expected to benefit from the regeneration of Leicester Centre, more so than other Leicester suburbs and bordering villages. [ [http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:FR60BqaWE48J:www.oakleaves.org.uk/text/WSreportanstey.doc+anstey+leicester+regeneration&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=uk&client=firefox-a 403 Forbidden ] ] Sometimes Anstey is mistakenly referred to as being a town, mainly because of the usage of Anstey Town for one of the football teams,as well as due to its large size and population although it is in fact a village.
Anstey dates back to Angle origins, when it was known as Hanstige (later Anstige), meaning a narrow forest track (specifically the meaning is either 'one-way' or 'steep road' [http://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/03_7799_vol77_Courtney.pdf 03_7799 _vol77_Courtney ] ] ). Anstey was positioned between
Charnwood Forestand Leicester Forest. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50756 Andover - Anston | British History Online ] ]
Whilst developing the site for the new Co-op store in 2002 archaeologists were called in and found remains dating back to the 12th century. A plaque recording this has been placed on the wall of the new shop.
The place-name of Anstey is first recorded in
Domesday Bookwhen it was held by one of the county’s largest landholders, Hugh de Grandmesnil, castellan of Leicester. Anstey became an independent parish in 1866, having previously been a chapelry of Thurcaston.
It is believed that Anstey once had a sizable military force - in 1431 William Porter "furnished XIX hommes and IX archers". [http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/anstey/17052.html Leicestershire Villages - Anstey - Anstey History ] ]
Local industry included hosiery, boots and shoes, box-making, and wallpaper, although nearly all the local factories have now either been demolished or converted into flats.
The most notable family of Anstey was the Martin family, who lived in the village from the 13th century until 1892. Two members of the family held the position of
Lord Lieutenantof Leicestershire, and the local high school is named after them. They lived at Anstey Pastures (now demolished), before moving to The Brandin 1892.
Famous past Anstey residents include
Ned Ludd(Ludlam), the machine-wrecker whose name was appropriated by the Luddites- whose name was adopted in a recent household development in the village: Ned Ludd Close, and snookerplayer and commentator Willie Thorne, who started playing snooker at the village's Conservative club. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/sense_of_place/landmarks/index.shtml BBC - Leicester Sense of Place - Looking for your landmarks ] ] Footballer Derek Douganlived in the village during his time at Leicester City.
According to legend, the last
wolfto be killed in England was shot in a forest "near Anstige in Wolfdale". [http://www.leicesteruk.net/historydetail.php?id=13322&f=Leicester Anstey lies about four miles to the north-west of Leicester, and has a population of over 6,000. The Saxons, who settled here between the 5th and 8th centuries, knew it as Hanstige, meaning 'the high path'. In 1086 the Domesday Book recorded it as An... ] ] Wolfdale was a nearby district towards Newtown Linford, and the name has survived in a slightly altered form with Wooldale Close, one of the streets in the village.
Church of England, United Reformed Churchand Methodistchurches in the village.
parish churchof St. Mary is on Bradgate Road, just out of The Nook, has the remains of a Saxon preaching cross from the 1200s and was previously part of the Parish of Thurcaston.
The United Reformed Church is further up Bradgate Road, as well as the
church roomswhich are now only used for storage.
The Methodist Church is situated near The Nook on Cropston Road, and is a medium-sized church serving the community, being part of the Leicester West Circuit of the Oxford and Leicester District of the Methodist Church. An earlier Methodist church was located on the opposite side of the road to the current church, until it was demolished in the 1980s.
There are three schools in Anstey:
* Latimer Primary School, Latimer Street
* Woolden Hill Primary School, Netherfield Road
Anstey Martin High School, Link Road
The Martin High School
In March 2008, The Martin High was placed 10th best school in the country and 3rd best in the county for pupils' progress between the ages of 11 and 14. [cite web |url=http://www.thisisleicestershire.com/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132407&command=displayContent&sourceNode=132390&contentPK=20085124&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch |title=Pupils Make Top Progress |accessdaymonth=05 April |accessyear=2008 |date=07 March 2008 |work=
Leicester Mercury|publisher= ] It is located at around the middle of Link Road, Anstey, Leicestershire.
Anstey still retains some of the charm of a traditional village particularly on the area immediately north of the village centre, but due to its industrial background there are many small terraced houses as well as some pre-fabricated post war council houses in the 'Dutch barn' style. The large houses towards the top of Bradgate Road change into terraced houses in the old industrial area, and then modern suburbia out towards Link Road, where the Anstey Martin school can be found. Just off the Nook is Latimer primary school, named after Bishop Latimer.
Rothley Brookflows through the village on its way to the River Soar, and there are two ancient bridges (the Packhorse Bridge and King William's Bridge) and an old water mill. The packhorse bridge is on the route of the original road from Leicester. King William's Bridge is so named because when King William III planned to visit the Grey family at Bradgate in 1696, the existing crossings of the Rothley Brook were found to be too narrow for the Royal coach, so a new bridge had to be constructed.
Anstey also has a relatively large NHS surgery in the village which used to provide health care to the whole village, but this has for the most part been replaced by the NHS hospital in between Beaumont Leys and Anstey, as well as the hospital in Glenfield. Anstey also has a dentistry and opticians, aside from that Anstey has one of the largest post offices in the outer-city area and several fast food outlets and restaurants.Around The Nook there are a number of different shops as well as pubs - The Coach and Horses, The Plough, The Crown and The Old Hare and Hounds as well as Working Mens and Conservative clubs.
In the past Anstey had two cinemas, the Savoy on Cropston Road which was later used as a petrol station/garage before being converted into a pub/restaurant and eventually a furnishings shop, and another on Ellis Street, which now sells baby clothing.
The village newspaper is the Anstey Scene which is a quarterly newspaper with news about local events and council meetings. Other than that there is the Anstey Directory which has advertisements for local businesses, including from the Birstall and Glenfield areas. Recently there has been the introduction of a new local newspaper - The Anstey CLARION which is published monthly and takes reader submitted articles.
Nearby Glenfield is the home of
Leicestershire County Council, and all the shops and facilities of the city can be found about two miles away in Leicester. Hotel accommodation can also be found in Glenfield, at the Gynsills Hotel and The Brant Inn. Bradgate Park, childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, stretches above the village, between the two neighbouring villages of Newtown Linfordand Cropston. For transport, Anstey is served by regular bus services to Leicester, Loughborough, and the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre (about a mile away) where there is a Tescosupermarket, as well as Argos, Wilkinsons, Boots and many other well-known stores. By road, Anstey is just off the A46 Leicester Western Bypass, which provides a fast link to the M1 southbound to London, with the A50 providing access to the M1 North.
Anstey is home to Anstey Nomads Football Club who play in the
Leicestershire Senior League.Prior to the First World War there were two separate teams - the Nomads and the Parish Church Football Team, however following the War the two were joined under the banner of the Anstey Nomads. There also is the Anstey Town Football Team who are based in nearby Thurcaston.There are also Rugby Unionand Cricketteams, which play in local leagues.
In addition to the Anstey Nomads there is the youth football team - the Anstey Swifts.
Anstey has two recreation grounds - the main park near Stadon Road which has lots of facilities including tennis courts, swings, slides, football pitch and a small area for younger children.Other than that there is a less well equipped one near Link Road which is occasionally used by the ARFC.
Castle Hill Park lies to the East of the village, connecting Anstey to Beaumont Leys and with the A46 running through it. Unfortunately this area has become a hotspot for crime in recent years. [ [http://www.leics.police.uk/crimestats/8_city_bcu/15_beaumont_leys/141_anstey_heights_and_glebelands/all_categories/ Leicestershire Constabulary - Crime statistics ] ]
Mitchells Field, a field on the
flood plainof Rothley Brook, near Cropston Road, is one of the Parish Council's plans for development of the village in the next few years. The council intends to build a large football training ground to promote sport in the village.Fact|date=June 2008
Anstey and surrounding area have been mentioned in several texts about
ley lines. Anstey has a standing stoneand a place called "The Leys", which mark a path towards Bradgate Park's "Old John".
Throughout history Anstey has been a hotspot for industry, particularly hosiery and shoes, although in recent years this has subsided with the development of industrial parks in Beaumont Leys. One of the last major manufacturers in Anstey was the
Anstey Wallpaper Companywho moved to Loughborough.Despite this the [http://www.edisure.com/~ulverscroft/uk/ukindex.html Ulverscroft Printworks] is still located here.
Anstey has a variety of different shops and services, making it the commercial centre for the majority of local villages. The largest shops include Potters carpets, who decided to remain in the village despite the arson attack on their old building [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/3486420.stm BBC NEWS | England | Derbyshire | Two arrested after warehouse fire ] ] , which remains to be a major source of income for the village.Aside from this there previously was a number of petrol stations, although these have all been closed down - there is still a car showroom "the anstey motor company" which is on the site of the old petrol station/Saab garage.
* [http://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/03_7799_vol77_Courtney.pdf "Between Two Forests: the Social and Topographic Evolution of Medieval Anstey" by Paul Courtney]
* [http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/anstey/ Anstey at Leicestershirevillages.com]
* [http://anstey.leicestershireparishcouncils.org/ Anstey Parish Council]
* [http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/GlastonburyArchive/ndlstone/08angels.html Ley lines] - one of several Anstey references.
* [http://www.ansteymethodist.org The Anstey Methodist Church website]
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