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Stoneygate is part of the City of Leicestermarker, Englandmarker.


Situated on the south-east side of the city some two miles from the centre, Stoneygate is a mainly residential suburb characterised by its large Victorian houses. It straddles the London Road which connects Leicester with the town of Market Harborough and was formerly the main route for horse-drawn carriages between Leicester and London.

History

The name `Stoneygate' originates in Old English as "stone road", and Ordnance Survey maps show the former route of an unnamed Roman road leading South-West from Stoneygate on the A6 towards Little Stretton, Medbourne and Corby.

Stoneygate's historical significance was recognised when it was designated a conservation area by the City Council in 1978. The Stoneygate Conservation Area (which also includes properties in the adjacent suburb of Clarendon Park) is bounded by Victoria Parkmarker Road to the north, Queens Road to the west, Stoneygate Road to the east and Shirley Road to the south. A map is available on the Stoneygate Conservation Area Society website (see external links below).

There are many examples of well-preserved Victorian family homes in Stoneygate as well as slightly later Edwardian buildings and -in the southern section- homes built after the Great War of 1914-18 and influenced by more modern architectural styles. Particularly worthy of note are `Brookfield' and `The Firs' on London Road; two remaining examples of the oldest and grandest homes built by wealthy commercial families to imitate the country estates of the local gentry. There are also two Grade II listed residential houses, `The White House' in North Avenue designed in a variation of the Arts & Crafts style by Ernest Gimson in 1898 and 22 Avenue Road, designed in the modernist style by Fello Atkinson and Brenda Walker of James Cubitt and Partners in 1953. The Stoneygate Conservation Area Society, a group of local volunteers with a current membership of over 100, exists to inform the public about the Conservation Area, its history and proposed developments that will affect its future.

Amenities

Stoneygate is well-provided with its own local amenities. In addition to the medical practice on Springfield Road and the St John the Baptist Primary School on East Avenue, there are several private schools (including Montessori), nurseries and dental practices. Stoneygate also has a wide variety of fashionable shops and boutiques on Allandale Road and Francis Street. Details of these can be found on the following website [79763].

Transport Links

Stoneygate is connected to the City centre and the borough of Oadby and Wigstonmarker by an excellent bus service. Leicester's London Road railway station is a ten to fifteen minute journey by bus, car or taxi.

Political

Stoneygate gives its name to a Leicester City Council ward that also includes parts of Evington Valleymarker and Highfieldsmarker. It is part of the Leicester South parliamentary constituencymarker whose MP is currently Sir Peter Soulsby.

External links

Stoneygate Conservation Area Society website "http://stoneygateconservation.org"

For Conservation Areas in Leicester see Leicester City Council website "http://leicester.gov.uk/conservation areas"


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