Littlethorpe is a small village approximately 6-miles south of Leicester, separated from the village of Narborough by the Leicester to Birmingham railway line, and the River Soar of which it is the true discharge.
The village has expanded since the Second World War most noticeably through the creation of two housing estates, the Jelson estate and Barratt estate. Housing continues to be built, Parnell Close being completed during 2005.
The village has two pubs, the Plough Inn and the Old Inn, other services include a garden centre, funeral directors, and a beauty salon.
The village has no church of its own, but is part of the parish of Narborough, along with Huncote. Previously Littlethorpe was part of Cosby parish.
There are three Primary Schools in Narborough, Greystokes, Redhill Field and The Pastures with Brockington College at Enderby offering education for the 11 – 14 age group and Lutterworth College catering for the 14 – 18 age group.
Cosby Golf Club is on hand and being a rural area, there are ample footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes in the area. Within a 10-minute drive there is an array of further leisure facilities catering for most interests.
Littlethorpe is approximately 2 miles from Junction 21of the M1\M69 motorway network for travel north, south and west, and a rail link to Leicester and Birmingham is available at Narborough Station which is 0.3 miles walk.
In the 9th Century the Danes conquered Leicestershire; ‘Thorpe’ is a Danish word which means ‘a small village which is dependent on a larger nearby village’, hence ‘Littlethorpe’, and is separated from Narborough via the Leicester/Birmingham rail line and the River Soar.
The village, along with Narborough, shares its twinning with the village of Genappe in Belgium. Visits continue to take place, and in 2005 a football match was held between Genappe and local team, Narborough & Littlethorpe.