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Harborough Magna

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Harborough Magna

Cottages in Harborough Magna
Harborough Magna
Harborough Magna
Location within Warwickshire
Population502 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSP4779
Civil parish
  • Harborough Magna
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGBY
Postcode districtCV23
Dialling code01788
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°24′40″N 1°18′06″W / 52.41106°N 1.301604°W / 52.41106; -1.301604Coordinates: 52°24′40″N 1°18′06″W / 52.41106°N 1.301604°W / 52.41106; -1.301604

Harborough Magna is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England. The civil parish which also contains the nearby hamlets of Harborough Parva and Cathiron, had a population of 461 in the 2001 census, increasing to 502 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Harborough Magna is located around four miles northwest of Rugby on the B4112 road, and is part of the borough of Rugby. The M6 motorway lies about one mile north of the village, and the Oxford Canal about one mile south. Harborough Magna was to be the site of a motorway service station, first planned in 1975, on the M6 (the partially constructed slip roads are visible between the B4112 and Montillo Lane bridges), but the allocated site was too small,[2] and the plans were scrapped in 1980.[3]

Harborough Magna was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Herdeberge. For many years the main source of employment in the village were sawmills near the canal at Cathiron.[4]

There are a number of old houses in the village, some dating to the 17th century, and a pub known as the Old Lion (formerly known as the Golden Lion) which dates from the 18th century, and which was rebuilt following a fire in 1986. There is a village church dedicated to All Saints.[4]

Around one mile north-east of the village, within the parish is the St Mary's nursing home for the elderly. It was originally built in 1912 as an isolation hospital.[5] Despite its remote location, between 1949 and 1983 it was a maternity hospital, and served as the only one in the Rugby area until this service was moved to St Cross Hospital.[4]


  1. ^ "HARBOROUGH MAGNA Parish in West Midlands". City Population. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ What are those strange half-built junctions you occasionally see on the M6 for?
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c The Warwickshire Village Book. Countryside Books. 2000. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1-85306-652-4.
  5. ^ "HARBOROUGH MAGNA. ST MARY'S HOSPITAL". Our Warwickshire. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  • Allen, Geoff. (2000). Warwickshire Towns and Villages, Sigma Leisure. ISBN 1-85058-642-X
  • Wright, Aileen. (no date, c. 2003) Changing Years in Harborough Magna
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