Packington

North West Leicestershire Ashby-de-la-Zouch Leicestershire
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Packington
Packington Methodist Church, High Street - geograph.org.uk - 1315821.jpg
The village ex Methodist Church - Now a private house
Packington is located in Leicestershire
Packington
Packington
Location within Leicestershire
Population734 (2011)
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAshby-de-la-Zouch
Postcode districtLE65
Dialling code01530
PoliceLeicestershire
FireLeicestershire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire
52°43′41″N 1°27′58″W / 52.728°N 1.466°W / 52.728; -1.466Coordinates: 52°43′41″N 1°27′58″W / 52.728°N 1.466°W / 52.728; -1.466

Packington is a village and civil parish in the district of North West Leicestershire.[1] It is situated close to the A42 road and the towns of Ashby de la Zouch and Measham. The population of Packington according to the 2001 UK census is 738, reducing slightly to 734 at the 2011 census.[2] Nearby villages include Normanton le Heath and Heather.

Packington has a public house called the 'Bull and Lion' (reputedly the only one in Britain) and a local shop called 'Daybreak Services'. It is part of the National Forest and the Gilwiskaw brook runs through the village.

History

Village lock up

In 1846, the manor of Packington was left by Sir Charles Abney Hastings, bart of Willesley Hall back to the Marquis of Hastings (Charles's father had been an illegitimate son).

The post office was closed in 2008 as part of Royal Mail's closure national programme to cut costs.

The Packington Blind Horse

The foundation stallion for the Shire horse breed is generally recognized as the Packington Blind Horse who stood at stud in the village between 1755 and 1770.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest :(1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ Shire horse History
  4. ^ Heritage of the Shire