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Evington is an Electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England. It used to be a small village centred on Main Street and the Anglican church of St Denys but was close enough to Leicester to become one of the outer suburbs in the 1930s. Today, the ward comprises the historical village of Evington, as well as the modern ex-council estates of Rowlatts Hill and Goodwood. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 11,133.[1]


Evington village

Evington Village Conservation Area
Evington Village Conservation Area

The name Evington comes from the Old English meaning 'farm/settlement of Eafa/Aefa'.[2][3] After the Norman conquest the land was given to Hugh de Grentesmesnil.[3] The first known spelling Evington was of Walter de Evington 1259 who leased a carucate of land at the village of Evington – about 100 acres (0.40 km2). The parish of Evington was originally quite large and included the areas now known as North Evington and Evington Valley. These were annexed by the borough of Leicester in 1892, and are not generally considered part of Evington.[4]

In 1935, the boundaries of Leicester (by this point a city), were expanded again, including nearly all of the remaining parish of Evington, except for a small part which went to Oadby. The modern ward does include the large 1950s development based at Downing Drive and Spencefield Lane.[4]

Evington village has been a conservation area since 1989.[5]

Council estates

Rowlatts Hill is a council estate established on a hillside to the north of Leicester General Hospital in 1964–67 by the City Architect Stephen George with two 22-story blocks of flats and single or two-storey houses of grey brick. A later development (1973–77) is of red brick houses.[6] For council housing purposes it is considered separate from Evington.[7]

Goodwood is a 1950s council estate considered together with Evington for council housing purposes.[7][8] It is just under 1000 residences.[9]


Evington Village Green
Evington Village Green
Evington Park
Evington Park

Village Green

Evington Village Green is a triangle of land bounded to the north by Main Street, on the Southwest by High Street and to the east by Church Street. The village war memorial is located on the northeast corner. On the west corner is a Baptist Chapel and a building called the Manse.[10] It is largely open space for recreation, with a large old oak tree in the south-east corner.[10] It also features a newly refurbished children's playground, funded by the Friends of Evington Village Green. It is the site of the Evington Village Fete and Show, held annually.

Evington Park

Evington House
Evington House

Evington park is some 44 acres (0.18 km2) of public parkland, opened in 1948, formerly the estate of Evington House (built 1836) which is used as offices and some public amenities.[3] It contains many mature trees, including a mulberry dating from about the same time as the house. There are public exercise machines as well as tennis courts, football and cricket pitches and bowling greens. More recently, a concrete table tennis table has been added and is situated near the tennis courts. Public toilets have also been built near the courts.[11]


This was established as a public amenity in 1970 and consists of an area south of St Denys Church, bounded on the west by a golf course, with more than 500 trees largely planted in taxonomic groups.[12][13] In the northmost area, many individual trees are planted by arrangement with the council as memorials to people who have died.[12]

Piggy's Hollow
Piggy's Hollow

The Hollow

This is Scheduled monument (SM17026), often known as 'Piggy's Hollow', consisting of the remains of the moats of a manor house built in the late 13th century by John de Grey.[14][15] It is on the north side of the Arboretum and adjacent to St Denys Church on the west.

St Denys parish church
St Denys parish church

St Denys Church

The Church of England church of St Denys has been the parish church for almost 800 years, having been dedicated on 9 October 1219 by the Bishop of Lincoln.[16] It is a Grade II* listed building.[17] The tower and spire are original: the South and North Aisles date from the 14th century, and the Chancel from the 19th century.[16] Its rare ring of 4 bells was augmented to six following an appeal in the late 1980s.[11] The interior includes 3 stained glass windows from 1870.[17]

Evington Chapel
Evington Chapel

Evington Chapel

Evington Chapel is a Baptist Church on the corner of Main Street and High Street, by Evington Village Green.[18] It is an 1837 Gothic style building with slate roof, and a Grade II listed building.[19]

Masjid Umar Mosque

Masjid Umar Mosque
Masjid Umar Mosque

The Masjid Umar mosque, which is also Evington Muslim Centre, was completed in 2000.[20][21][22]


Evington Library
Evington Library

Evington has two main shopping centres: the first largely based in a modern development near the old village and including the local library, and the second towards the northern end of Downing Drive. Public houses include the Cedars in the old village and the Dove in Downing Drive. The Village Hall is a brick building on Church Lane, opposite St Denys: its foundation stone calls it King George V Hall and is dated MDCDXII (1912).

Evington Village Hall
Evington Village Hall

Nearby places, Goodwood, Evington Valley, Oadby, Thurnby, Stoughton.

Evington is home to the Leicestershire Golf Club, on the south of the village, and west of the arboretum.[23]

The largest employer in the area is the Leicester General hospital, located near Goodwood on Coleman Road which is south of Uppingham Road (the A47).

The Evington Echo is the community newspaper. It is produced by volunteers and is delivered free of charge to 5,800 houses in the area. It was first published in 1981 and the current (2013) editor is Helen Pettman.[24]

Schools in the area

Primary schools: Linden Primary School, Mayflower Primary School, Evington Valley Primary School, Whitehall Primary School, Oaklands (Special School), Coleman Primary School, Krishna Avanti Primary School, Leicester.

Secondary schools: City of Leicester College, Madani Secondary School, St Paul's Catholic School, Judgemeadow Community College.,[25]Madani Schools Federation.

Independent schools: Leicester Grammar School.

Evington Hall is a Grade II listed building (built about 1840)[26] which in the past was a convent school,[4] then part of Leicester Junior Grammar School, but is now part of a Hindu faith school which opened in September 2011.[27][28]


Evington is served by regular buses on Centrebus services 22A & 81 and First Leicester service 22.

Council election result, 2007

Evington (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Johnson 1,531 20%
Labour Deepak Bajaj 1,519 20%
Conservative Caroline Roberts 1,425 19%
Labour Edward Gorrod 1,422 18%
Liberal Democrats Bob Carter 708 9%
Liberal Democrats Chris Garner 506 7%
Unity For Peace And Socialism Mohinder Singh Farma 283 4%
UKIP Bridie Duignan 153 2%
UKIP Andrew Ponting 143 2%
Turnout 4,069
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


Evington was the home of England Football international Emile Heskey.[29] Both Emile Heskey and Gary Lineker (winner of the Golden Boot) attended the City of Leicester College in Evington, as did former Labour media adviser Alastair Campbell and Dr Nicholas Shepherd (co-founder of the internet). Heskey and Shepherd were both pupils at Linden Primary school in Evington.[citation needed] What is now the Cedars public house and restaurant on the corner of Main Street and School Lane was formerly the home of the novelist E. Phillips Oppenheim.[4] The novelist J. B. Priestley was evacuated to North Evington Hospital after being wounded in France in 1916.[30]


  1. ^ "City of Leicestet ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Key to English Place-names". Archived from the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Leicester City Council Archived 26 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine A History of Evington Park
  4. ^ a b c d British History Online Archived 12 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine R. A. McKinley (editor)(1958) A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester
  5. ^ Archived 10 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine Evington Village
  6. ^ Pevsner, N., & Williamson, E., (1985) The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland; 2nd ed. (Penguin Books)
  7. ^ a b "Leicester City Council Housing Allocation Areas Guide 2004-5" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2006.
  8. ^ "Zoomshare - Make a website, online photo album, blog, e-mail, shop, hosting". Archived from the original on 25 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  9. ^ Leicester City Council housing supply Archived 22 September 2012 at the UK Government Web Archive
  10. ^ a b Leicester City Council Archived 13 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine Evington Village Open Spaces (2003)
  11. ^ a b Leicester City Council Archived 29 September 2011 at the UK Government Web Archive Evington park
  12. ^ a b Evington Arboretum: leaflet (undated) by Leicester City Council Parks and Garded Spaces
  13. ^ Leicester City Council Archived 1 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine Shady Lane Arboretum
  14. ^ Leicester City Council Archived 29 September 2011 at the UK Government Web Archive The Hollow, Evington
  15. ^ Evington Echo Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine Piggy's Hollow
  16. ^ a b Archived 7 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine History
  17. ^ a b Parish Church of St Denys
  18. ^ "Evington Chapel". Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  19. ^ Evington Chapel
  20. ^ Leicester Mercury Oct 31, 2003 Mosque Wins Readers' Vote of Approval
  21. ^ BBC Leicester 2004 Archived 27 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine Exclusive access to Masjid Umar mosque
  22. ^ "Masjid Umar - Leicester". Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Home". The Leicestershire Golf Club. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  24. ^ "". Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  25. ^ "". Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  26. ^ Evington Hall
  27. ^ Leicester Mercury, Sep 6, 2011 Archived 5 May 2013 at Leicester's Hindu school is a beacon, says Education Secretary Michael Gove
  28. ^ Evington Echo Feb/March 2011 Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Evington Hall will be a Hindu State Primary School
  29. ^ Dryden, Fiona (14 June 2013). "School's history to be celebrated". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016.
  30. ^ J. B. Priestley. Margin Released (1962) The Reprint Society London. p. 107.

Further reading

External link

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