Description in 1877:
"DESFORD, a large village, with many framework knitters, is pleasantly situated on a bold acclivity, about a mile south of the station, to which it gives its name, on the Leicester and Swannington Railway, 5 miles E. by N. of market Bosworth, and 8 miles W. by S. of Leicester. Desford parish, which is in Sparkenhoe Hundred, Market Bosworth Union, and that County Court District, comprises the township and the hamlet of Barrons Park, and in 1871 contained 911 persons, living in 217 houses, on 3,830 acres of land. Baron's Park, which then had 17 inhabitants, comprises about 415, situate about two miles E. of the village, and mostly in three farms." [WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland, 3rd Edition," 1877]
Desford Library is a small library in the centre of Desford on Main Street. The library has a ramp to the entrance and is on one level with wide aisles. They are closed on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Desford Parish Council meets here in the Library in the late morning of the last Thursday of the month.
Desford is a small town and a parish standing on a rise 8 miles west of Leicester, 5 miles east of Market Bosworth, 8 miles north of Hinckley and 111 miles north of London. The parish covers 3,830 acres and includes the hamlet of Barron's Park.
The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:
The village boasts five pubs, so take your pick.
Be sure to visit "Tropical Birdland," which contains many bird species.
By automobile, take the B5380 east out of Leicester city. Where it meets the B582, you will find Desford to your right.
Although the railway from 1832 still runs near Desford, the line today handles only freight traffic. The old public railway station still survives about a mile east of the village.
You can see pictures of Desford which are provided by:
A porch was erected for £570 on St. Martin's Church by the parishioners in memory of those that fell in the Great War; 1914-1918.
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
Carts Field, just outside the village, was developed in 1939 as a first stage flying school for the RAF. The planes used were De Havilland Tiger Moths, single engined bi-planes. An early form of flight simulator was also used. After the war, the field was used by the Leicester Aeroclub until 1930, when the club moved to Ratcliffe Aerodrome. Caterpillar Inc. now has a large manufacturing plant on this site.