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Rothley is a village and civil parish in the Leicestershire borough of Charnwood. It has a population of 3,612 people and is located about a half mile (800 metres) west of the River Soar and five miles (eight kilometres) north of Leicester, according to the 2001 census. The population was 3,897 at the time of the 2011 census.

Rothley is centred on two greens, Cross Green and Town Green, which are both accessible via a road that leads from the crossroads. The crossroads is located on the old A6 road route, which now bypasses the village.

Rothley is one of Leicestershire’s most affluent areas in terms of the number of houses worth more than £1 million, particularly in some streets such as The Ridgeway, which was named the most expensive place to live in the East Midlands by the Sunday Times.

Rothley (Church of England) Primary School is attended by the majority of children of primary school age. Woodgate is the village’s main shopping street. Rothley is home to four churches: the Rothley Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, Sacred Heart RC, and the main parish church, St Mary & St John’s Church of England.

Rothley has strong ties to Mountsorrel, which is two miles (three kilometres) to the north.

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    Rothley has been inhabited since Saxon times, as evidenced by an ancient Saxon cross in the village church graveyard. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it is listed as “Rodolei” among the king’s lands, William I. The property includes 37 acres (15 hectares) of meadow, a mill, and extensive woodlands. This manor also had control over surrounding land in a number of villages, including Asfordby, Seagrave, and Sileby. Its name could be derived from the Anglo-Saxon Rolah, which means “meadow in a clearing.”

    Rothley was home to a Knights Templar manor known as Rothley Temple in the Middle Ages, but it is now the Rothley Court Hotel, which passed to the Babington family after the monasteries were disbanded in the 16th century. The Babington family held the manor for nearly 300 years, until Thomas Babington died in 1837. Thomas Babington, MP for Leicester from 1800 to 1818 and a leading Anglican evangelical, was married to Jean Macaulay, the daughter of a Scottish Presbyterian minister. Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, alongside William Wilberforce, the two collaborated closely on social improvement, most notably on the bills to abolish the slave trade.

    Wilberforce and Babington spent a lot of time at the Rothley retreat working on the bills’ text and analysing the Select Committee’s trade investigations. When Zachary Macaulay came to Rothley Temple to recuperate, Babington was instrumental in rescuing his wife’s young brother, Zachary Macaulay, from the mental trauma of working as an overseer on a Jamaican slave plantation. Zachary was restored, and with a new Christian faith, he went on to devote his life to the anti-slavery cause, having a posthumous bust erected in his honour in Westminster Abbey. Zachary visited Rothley frequently, and during one of his long visits in 1800, his wife Selina (née Mills) gave birth to poet, historian, and Whig politician Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay.

    Rothley railway station, which is now part of the Great Central Steam Railway, opened in 1899 on the Great Central Railway. The station has been used to film period dramas such as the 1988 film Buster and the 2004 Miss Marple TV adaptation of Paddington 4.50. (where the station stood in for Paddington).

    The Bishop of Loughborough, Guli Francis-Dehqani, lives at the Bishop’s House in Rothley.

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