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Postcode: LE16 | code search
Population: 21000
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Folk Customs:
Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle-Kicking
Plough Monday and Plough Plays

Market Harborough Events

Foxton Locks Festival

Foxton Locks Festival
Steam Transport & Family Show

Vikings! Of Middle England

Rockingham Castle Country Fair

Victorian Christmas

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East Carlton Countryside Park
"East Carlton Park has nothing to do with Market Harborough apart from the falsely given Leicestershire postcode which officialy makes Market Harborough the nearest town. If it had been given ..." More

"been dissapointed lately as each time i come in you have no milk for your coffee. this has happened 4 times. plus when i ordered an alternative and got told ..." More

Bruno’s Fitness Centre
"Great gym with excellent facilities. Mark really helpful with training and nutrition advice. Very competative membership prices. Try it, you wont be disappointed.

Date visited: Mar 2009 ..." More

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"Foxton Locks – a staircase of 10 locks on the Grand Union Canal near Market Harborough. Here has been an important place in canal history for the last 200 ..." More

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Located on the southernmost part of the Leicestershire border with Northamptonshire and nestling within the Welland Valley one can find the picturesque town of Market Harborough. The town sprang up in the middle of the 12th century especially to be a market town developing local trade and the sale of local produce. Indeed even to this very day although now indoors on a specially developed site the market still opens on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday each week.
In addition to this an Antiques Market operates each Sunday in the same building. The cattle and livestock market once a major meeting place in the towns centre has moved to a more rural setting just outside of the town between the villages of Foxton and Lubenham. The market opens each Tuesday morning. The former site is still a place of commerce being used today by a major supermarket and several other retail outlets. It also forms the town's largest car parking area.

The 14th century saw the commencement of the building of St. Dionysius Church, which together with the Old Grammar School form a fitting backdrop to the town centre. In true tradition with the towns name further market stalls often set up on the paved area under the raised Grammar School.
During the English Civil War Market Harborough became a staging post for King Charles army prior to the battle at nearby Naseby in 1645. St. Dyonysius Church in Market Harborough was used to incarcerate the defeated Royalist soldiers who had been taken prisoner in the battle.
Although long since closed Market Harborough was the location of the Symington Corset Group famous for the manufacture of the liberty bodice. Part of the Symingtons factory is now the offices of the Market Harborough District Council and can be seen in the first picture directly behind the Old Grammar School
Located just 12 miles from Junction 20 off the M1 motorway, with the A14 and A1 trunk roads providing further links, and coupled with being serviced by Midland Main Line inter city railway Market Harborough is ideally situated for ease of travel.
For those who prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace the Grand Union Canal is also to be found on the northern edge of Market Harborough. Very much now a tourist attraction rather than being used for commercial barge transport the Grand Union Canals famous flight of 10 locks which fall some seventy five feet are to be found at the nearby village of Foxton.
1968 saw the opening of the high security Gartree Prison, famous for being the only UK penal establishment from which two prisoners made a daring escape by helicopter. The prison is still operational and specialises in dealing with prisoners who have been newly sentenced to life imprisonment. Gartree is now probably the largest single employer in Market Harborough with a staff well in excess of two hundred.
Market Harborough along with eleven other dynamic market towns in the Welland Valley is part of the Government sponsored Pathfinder Initiative. This initiative promises to be the foremost community based web site, delivering local life on line. Long term the site will provide extensive local information including council services. Although currently the responsibility of the local authority the web pages will eventually become self sustainable and managed by the local community. Population 21,000


Croft Wingates Fine Art
East Carlton Countryside Park
Foxton Boat Services Limited
Foxton Canal Museum
Foxton Locks Country Park
Harborough Museum
Rockingham Castle


Premier Inn Market Harborough *book online*


Innaria Caravan & Camping Park


Dance - Libbies Dance Works
Relaxologies Yoga
Yoga - Sandra's Yoga


Harborough District Council


Brite Care Dental Practice
Union Wharf Dental Practice


Dr J M Wilson & Partners
Market Harborough Medical Centre

Estate Agent

Cooper Estates Harborough Ltd
Granger Andrew & Co
Harrison Murray Ltd

Moore & York
Strutt & Parker

Golf Club

Market Harborough
Stoke Albany Golf Club

Health and Fitness Club

Bruno’s Fitness Centre


Angel Hotel
Nevill Arms
Old Barn Inn
The Bulls Head
Union Inn Hotel


Harborough Market Hall

Performing Arts

Little Bowden School Of Dancing
The Market Harborough Singers

Pub and Bar

Bewicke Arms
Cherry Tree Inn
Kings Head
Spread Eagle Family Pub

The Fox Inn
Village Inn
White Horse
White Horse Inn & Restaurant


Bakers Arms
Kilworth House Hotel
Punto Di Vista
Rio Bravo
Spread Eagle Family Pub
White Horse Inn & Restaurant


Andrew Boddy


1st Call Taxis
Apollo Taxis
Diamond Taxis
King Kabs
Spotty Dog Taxi Co


Town & Country Veterinary Centre

Sports Clubs

Bowden CC (Cricket)
CATS MTB Club (Cycling)


Christine's Book Cabin
Flower Shop
Farndon Fields Farm Shop
Clipston Nursery
Langton Gardens
Mistrys Healthy Options Ltd
K & G Roskrow
Anand Shoes
Frank Haynes Gallery
Limited Edition
Market Harborough Chiropractic Clinic
Chiropractic Clinic

Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Fat Face
Heritage Dolls House
Reflections Beauty Studio
Cloggies Ltd


Oaktree Antiques


Avalanche Adventure Ltd(Adventure)
CATS Mountain Bike Club(Cycling)

Places to Stay near Market Harborough

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Three Swans Hotel (0.07 miles)

Three Swans Hotel

This 16th century coaching inn blends the history and traditional hospitality of its origins with the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel. The hotel has 61 individually decorated bedrooms including a suite and four ... More | visit website

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Angel Hotel (0.07 miles)

Angel Hotel

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A 16th Century coaching inn, where history and hospitality combine, to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. There is a licensed bar, evening restaurant, lounge, conference ... More

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Union Inn Hotel (0.50 miles)

Union Inn Hotel

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The Union Inn is a family run traditional inn a stone's throw away from the Union basin on the Grand Union canal but also within five minutes walk to the ... More

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Farndon Grange (1.86 miles)

Farndon Grange
Nestled in the beautiful Welland Valley, a warm welcome awaits you at Farndon Grange - a sympathetically restored Victorian Farmhouse, set in six landscaped acres. The accommodation provides charming cosy rooms, in a tranquil and ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Market Harborough (3.31 miles)

Ideally located within easy reach of the M1 and A14. This hotel is located on the outskirts of Market Harborough, surrounded by countryside, yet still only 2 miles from the town centre and close to ... More | visit website
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The Bulls Head (3.91 miles)

The Bulls Head
The Bull's Head is more than a pub restaurant. Stay in one of our 8 en-suite rooms contained in the newly constructed annexe at the rear of the licensed premises which provide a peaceful location ... More | visit website
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Travel Plaza (3.92 miles)

Travel Plaza

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This recently refurbished hotel boasts 32 generously sized rooms fitted as standard with King sized beds and a pull out sofa bed suitable for children under the age of 12. ... More

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Church Farm Lodge (5.18 miles)

Church Farm Lodge

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Tucked away in one of Northamptonshire’s most attractive villages, Church Farm Lodge offers an alternative for business travellers.With good road links to the county’s main business centres and beyond, the ... More

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Nevill Arms (5.28 miles)

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Built in 1863, this Grade II listed building features a stylish restaurant and en suite accommodation just a few metres from a tributary of the River Welland. The Nevill Arms offers real ... More

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Old Barn Inn (5.37 miles)

Old Barn Inn

The Old Barn Inn at Glooston is a village pub and restaurant with three letting rooms. Glooston is an English village in rural Leicestershire and 8 miles from Market Harborough and 6 miles from Kibworth.

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