Place:Billesdon, Leicestershire, England

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NameBillesdon
Alt namesBillesdonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 160
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.617°N 0.917°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
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Billesdon is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England, with a population of 745 according to the 2001 census. It is just off the A47, nine miles east of Leicester. The Billesdon bypass opened in October 1986. Nearby places include Houghton on the Hill (the next village towards Leicester), and Skeffington (the next village east towards Uppingham), Tilton on the Hill, and Gaulby. The Billesdon Brook flows through the village.

Billesdon was formerly the seat of Billesdon Rural District, which was merged into the Harborough district in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972.

Billesdon has several amenities including two public houses: the 'Queens Head', situated on Church Street, and 'The New Greyhound Inn', situated in the Market Place. There is also a village store, a hairdresser, and a doctors' surgery. On Church Street there is a post office and on 'Leicester Road' there is a garage. There is a mobile butcher and a mobile fishmonger who each visit once a week. A mobile chipshop visits twice a week. There is a fire station. The Coplow Centre is Billesdon's own leisure centre featuring multi purpose sports area, and a concert hall. The Centre has various events taking place throughout the year such as drama productions, entertainment evenings, sports, etc. The church is St John the Baptist. There is an FM transmitter, on Life Hill close to Tilton on the Hill at Lord Morton's Covert wood at Sludge Hall.

The Church of England vicar of Billesdon is responsible for other nearby parish churches including those of Goadby and Noseley.

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