WHET­STONE & COSBY

Lo­cal em­ploy­ment, a var­ied mix of old and new homes and a semi ru­ral set­ting present a wealth of liv­ing op­tions in the neigh­bour­ing south­west Le­ices­ter­shire vil­lages of Whet­stone and Cosby

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Sliced apart by the re­lent­less pas­sage of the M1, these south­west Le­ices­ter­shire vil­lages of­fer strong con­trasts in their make up.

Six miles from the city cen­tre, Whet­stone is a true work­ing vil­lage with its own com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial es­tate off Cam­bridge Road.

Two miles west, Cosby is a tra­di­tional vil­lage noted for its tim­bered cot­tages and pretty brook wind­ing through the heart of the set­tle­ment. More re­cent de­vel­op­ment has lent them the com­mon pur­pose of satel­lite vil­lages for com­muters.

Res­i­dents of both have a full quota of lo­cal ser­vices and ameni­ties, with ex­cel­lent trans­port links and a broad choice of hous­ing. Prox­im­ity to the larger town­ships of Blaby and Wigston pro­vides an even broader range of lo­cal shop­ping and ser­vices, in­clud­ing doc­tors and den­tists.

New de­vel­op­ment in Whet­stone has boosted mid to late 20th Cen­tury set­tle­ment on the vil­lage out­skirts. Four and five-bed­room homes on the re­cent Strata Homes Op­u­lence res­i­den­tial scheme on Cam­bridge Road are now sold.

The old heart of Cosby around The Nook re­flects the de­vel­op­ment of the orig­i­nal agri­cul­tural set­tle­ment, sup­ple­mented by Vic­to­rian homes and cot­tages.

In the 1960s large pri­vate hous­ing es­tates made the vil­lage one of Le­ices­ter­shire’s grow­ing dor­mi­tory set­tle­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to Right­move prices in Whet­stone were 3% up on the pre­vi­ous year with most sales be­ing de­tached homes sell­ing for on av­er­age £344,954.

Semi-de­tached prop­er­ties fetched an av­er­age £190,823, while ter­raced prop­er­ties £168,969.

Sale prices in Cosby soared by 25% last year, with most sales again be­ing de­tached prop­er­ties, sell­ing for an av­er­age £361,596. Semi-de­tached prop­er­ties fetched an av­er­age £198,163 and ter­raced prop­er­ties £188,500.

With an over­all av­er­age price of £271,434 Whet­stone was sim­i­lar to Cosby, at £266,603, but more ex­pen­sive than nearby Blaby, at £210,296, Lit­tlethorpe £225,980 and Nar­bor­ough £241,164.

A mod­ern three-bed­room de­tached home in Charl­ton Close, Whet­stone, fetched £285,000 in Au­gust, hav­ing sold for £230,000 in Septem­ber 2015 and a three-bed­room end ter­race in Croft Road Cosby achieved £219,950 in July, its pre­vi­ous sale price be­ing £159,011 in March 2015.

Of­sted Rat­ing

Pri­mary

Cosby Pri­mary School, ‘Good’ 2017; Badger­brook Pri­mary School, Whet­stone, ‘Out­stand­ing’ 2011; St Peters Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School, Whet­stone, ‘Re­quires Improve­ment’ 2017.

Se­condary

Thomas Est­ley Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Broughton Ast­ley (11 to 14) ‘Out­stand­ing’ 2010; Countesthorpe Leysland Com­mu­nity Col­lege, (11 to 19) ‘Out­stand­ing’ 2013; Lut­ter­worth Col­lege, (11 to 19) ‘Good’ 2017 In­de­pen­dent

Brooke House, Rugby and Leices­ter Gram­mar schools.

Cosby is par­tic­u­larly well served by in­di­vid­ual food out­lets and ser­vices, in­clud­ing a pop­u­lar farm shop, a butcher, mini su­per­mar­ket, phar­macy, post of­fice, hair­dressers, fish and chip and In­dian take­aways, a café and deli.

There’s also a highly rated Chi­nese restau­rant at Win­leys, in The Bull’s Head pub. Whet­stone has a farm shop too, plus a con­ve­nience store and sev­eral pubs and take­aways, in­clud­ing pizza, Chi­nese, In­dian and Thai.

There’s plenty to do in the lo­cal­ity, with ru­ral foot­paths and bri­dle­ways to ex­plore and two leisure clubs within a ten-minute drive, plus all the leisure ameni­ties of nearby Fosse and Merid­ian Parks.

The ru­ral set­ting is ver­dantly bounded north and south by the cul­ti­vated land­scape of golf cour­ses at both Whet­stone and Cosby, mak­ing it easy to get a round in.

Cosby is home to highly suc­cess­ful youth and adult foot­ball, rugby and cricket teams, with most home games aptly played at Vic­tory Park. In 2017/18 Cosby rugby club won the Merit C league ti­tle and Cosby United FC the Leices­ter and District Pre­mier Divi­sion ti­tle.

Whet­stone hosts the Vipers Rugby Club and is well served for foot­ball, with Blaby and Whet­stone Boys,’ Whet­stone Ju­niors’ and Saf­fron Dy­namo clubs to choose from. Holmes Park is the base of Leices­ter and Rut­land County FA and also Leices­ter City Foot­ball Club Un­der 23s.

The A426 Lut­ter­worth and Rugby road is a fast link to M1 Junc­tion 21 four miles away. Fre­quent bus ser­vices run di­rect into Leices­ter and there is also a lo­cal rail link to Leices­ter and Birm­ing­ham from nearby Nar­bor­ough.

The com­puter per­for­mance mea­sure­ment the Whet­stone was named af­ter the Whet­stone ALGOL com­piler de­vel­oped by English Elec­tric at its Whet­stone fac­tory and thus takes its name from the vil­lage. The fac­tory was the orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion for Sir Frank Whit­tle’s jet en­gine and to­day’s thriv­ing in­dus­trial es­tate on Cam­bridge Road is named af­ter him.

The Great Cen­tral Rail­way ran east side of Cosby on an em­bank­ment.

Al­though there was never a sta­tion here, this sec­tion of the line was no­table for the long curve which for north­bound trains was to the right (east), com­ing out of which Leices­ter would be di­rectly ahead and the route would be ruler straight the rest of the five-mile jour­ney to the city. Rail­way­men called the curve Cosby Cor­ner.

Af­ter the line closed in 1969 rear gar­dens of many ad­ja­cent homes were ex­tended over the em­bank­ment.

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