Cosby, Leicestershire

Cosby, Leicestershire

Cosby, Leicestershire

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Cosby is a village in the English county of Leicestershire. Cosby is located in the south west of the county near the larger villages and towns of Whetstone, Blaby and Wigston. Its proximity to the city of Leicester means it is part of the Leicester Urban Area.

It is not known how the name originated, and it is first recorded as "Cossebi" in the Domesday Book. It was described as a "considerable village" in 1810 by historian John Nicholls. In 1991 it had a population of 3,400 and in 2001 a population of 3,489. The parish church is St Michael and All Angels'. It also has a Methodist and Baptist church. Cosby has a brook which runs through the village and eventually serves as a tributary to the River Soar. Cosby has two schools - Cosby Primary School and Brooke House Day Nursery. Cosby has football, rugby and cricket teams which all participate in Leicestershire's sporting leagues. The teams play their home games at Victory Park and has a website at www.cosbyrfc.co.uk. Cosby also has a barn that dates to 1766.

The Great Central Railway, the last main line to be built from the north of England to London, opened on 15 Mar 1899 and ran past the east side of Cosby on an embankment. Although there was never a station at Cosby, this section of the line was well known for the lengthy curve which for northbound trains was to the right (east), after coming out of which the city of Leicester would be directly ahead and the route would be...
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