About Clarendon Park
For those of you not living in the area, here is a flavour of Clarendon Park.
Clarendon Park is an area of south Leicester, postcode LE2. Its borders are a little fuzzy but broadly speaking, Victoria Park Road (the B568) is to the north, London Road (the A6) to the east, Knighton Road to the south and Welford Road (the A5199) to the west. Here is a map. Within Clarendon Park, the main roads are Queens Road (the main shopping district today), and Clarendon Park Road. There is an excellent Queens Road blog here, giving a feel for the lunatic eclectic mixture that is Clarendon Park today.
Housing and people
The housing is mainly Victorian with some Edwardian, though there is a substantial amount of 1930s housing to the south. Somehow the later housing developments don’t feel part of Clarendon Park and I often forget that they are. There are some modern flats, mainly where large old houses have been pulled down, but not many. There is a LOT of character here, both in terms of the buildings and the people who live here. Being so close to the university, many students live here and also a number of lecturers. There is a good mixture of families, young people and older folk. Let’s be honest – it is largely middle class and reasonably affluent, despite having been originally built as housing for labourers with some fancier parts (mostly at the London Road end of Clarendon Park Road and some of Howard Road). In fact, one old lady told me that when she was a girl, St John’s Church used to deliver food parcels to the residents of Montague Road and the streets off it.
Shops and businesses
These days, Clarendon Park supports two delicatessens, a designer dress agency, a health food shop and various eating establishments – but it does also have two green grocers, two butchers, a bakery and many other really useful shops. I love the second-hand bookshop on Clarendon Park Road. There are two banks and a building society, and a post office. There are printers, photographers and goodness knows what else. Plenty of estate agents too.
Clarendon Park certainly has plenty of these. The parish church is St John the Baptist, Clarendon Park Road. On the same road are Christchurch, Leicester Chinese Christian Church, Hindu Temple Geeta Bhavan and Sikh temple Guru Amardas Gurdwara. There is also Clarendon Park Congregational Church on the corner of London Road and Springfield Road. Avenue Community Church meet at Avenue School. There is a Messianic Jewish synagogue which meets at the Brice Memorial Hall. I am aware of other religious groups which meet in the area but can’t find details. Leicester Society of Friends (Quakers) are at the Friends’ Meeting House in Queens Road. Please do let me have them if you know of any group not mentioned.