Street Names from the
1950s/early 1960s to 2003
There are always on-going
heritage projects in the village (see 'heritage group' in the
Alison Coates has set out to discover
the explanations behind our Groby street names.
Exploring the village
from the Leicester Road, roughly, in a clockwise direction:-
Marina Drive Named after Marina Castell who
married Jonathon Marston
Castell Drive The Castell family still live
in the village
Marston Drive Named after Johnathon Marston
who married into the Castell family
Leicester Road See our photographs from the 1930s
The S-Bend - now Branting
Hill The main road
from Leicester originally went round the S-bend
were where the poorest inhabitants lived, possibly many people
in one house like rooks in a tree. The old tightly-packed cottages
have been pulled down but we have a photograph.
Ratby Road Brick terrace houses stood on
both the right and left of the hill from the centre of the village
Brookvale (Cottages) The cottages lacked
internal sanitation and still had outside privies
Chapel Hill (previously Zion Hill) Cobbled
relatively recently when the Groby Conservation Area was set
Martinshaw Lane Leading to Martinshaw or The Shaw.
(Shaw means Wood so Shawood Close means Wood Wood Close!
Lawnwood Road preserving a field name I think.
(As also does a cottage named Lawn Hill on the Markfield Road)
RiseForest ? Close
All lead to Martinshaw - the woodCouncil houses built in the
late 1940s?Road through the "prefabs" near Martinshaw
school. Prefabs were the prefabricated single-storey houses,
each erected in a day after World War II (so late 1940s/early
The Wharf the old mineral railway wharf
Slate Pit Lane Leads to the area of Groby slate pits - see old rooves in the
village and the gravestones in the churchyard. Swithland Slate
(or Groby Slate as I like to call it) makes very thick slates,
which are largest at the eaves)
Newtown Linford Lane Or Pool Lane
Origins of Newer Names:
From the late 1960s onwards
to the present day, Groby Parish Council has recommended appropriate
street names to house builders in Groby:-
a) preserving local names such as Pymms Lees
and (Cowpen) Spinney Close
b) names reflecting the village's
connections with England's royalty eg Tudor, Bedford, Beaumont, Lancaster, Windsor.
(See also 2 of the primary schools Elizabeth Woodville [1st husband
Sir John Grey, 2nd husband Edward IV] and Lady Jane Grey, Nine-Days
Queen of England!)
c) local tree and flower names
Castle Rise about as far from Groby Castle
mound (behind the Old Hall) as it could be!
Crane Ley On the site of Crane's farm, one
of the remaining large farms in the village from the 1925 Estate
Ferrers Rise The Ferrers family owned the village
in the Middle Ages until the last survivor of that branch of
the family married a Grey family bride
Flaxfield Close perhaps related to the post-enclosure
field called the Hempyard, near Anstey Brook
Johnathon Close See Marston Drive
Laundon Way more Groby residents
Old Hall Close about as far from the Old Hall
as it could be!
Sacheverell Way Sacheverell is the name of a Ratby
and Groby charity, money from mowing a field for the poor of
the 2 villages - see The Groby Book
Slate Brook Close The Slate Brook flows through
the Grey Lodge area (site of Groby Slate Pits) under the A50
near Wallace Drive and into Groby Pool
Stamford Drive and Warrington Drive refer
to the Grey family, Earls of Stamford and
Warrington, who owned Groby, Bradgate, Ratby etc from the late
1400s to 1925. This explains the name of the current pub in the
village with the Grey coat of arms on the sign. A memorial hatchment
(diamond-shaped) showing the full coat of arms of the 7th Earl
of Stamford & Warrington who died in 1898, hangs in the church.
Hence also streets including the name Grey.
Stephenson's Way commemorates Robert Stephenson
(son of George Stephenson) who built Groby Railway
White House Close Named after the old cottage (previously
known as Cowpen Cottage) that is probably several centuries old
and still stands there
The origins of the following
are not known by the author:- Dalby Drive, Ulverscroft Drive,
Louise Drive, Garendon Way, Hilary Crescent, Carmen Crescent,
Holmes Close, Lena Drive, Wallace Drive.
If anyone has more information,
please e-mail Alison Coates.