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    A

    Ab Kettleby
    Chetelbi: Gerard from Robert de Bucy.

    Allexton
    Adelachestone: King's land; Grimbald from Countess Judith. 2 mills.
    Hall.

    Alton
    Heletone: Arnold from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Alton Grange.

    Anstey
    Anstige / Hanstigie: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Traditionally the birthplace of Ned Ludd, a mythical figure who gave his name to the Luddite riots (1811-16).

    Appleby
    Apleberie / bi: King's land; Countess Godiva; Robert from Henry de Ferrers.
    Now 2 villages, Appleby Parva, with an impressive school designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and Appleby Magna.

    Arnesby
    Erendesberie / bi: Wulfric from Bishop of Coutances; William Peverel.
    Birthplace of Robert Hall (1764-1831), the Nonconformist preacher.

    Asfordby
    Esserberie / Osferdebie: King's land; Ralph Framen from the king. 2 mills.
    Church with a Saxon cross.

    Ashby-de-la-Zouch
    Ascebi: Ivo from Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Small town, a spa resort in the 19th century. Home of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a member of the first Methodist society in Fetter Lane, in 1739.

    Ashby Folville
    Ascbi: Hugh from Henry de Ferrers; Ralph from Countess Judith. Mill.

    Ashby Magna
    Essebi: Saxfrid from William Peverel; Gerbert from the king.

    Ashby Parva
    Parva Essebi: Robert de Bucy.

    Aylestone
    Aileston(e): Count of Meulan and Thorold and Wulfnoth from him; Countess Aelfeva. 4 mills.
    Part of Leicester.

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    Baggrave
    Badegrave: King's land.
    Deserted; Baggrave Hall survives.

    Bagworth
    Bageworde: Ralph from Count of Meulan.
    Coal mines nearby.

    Barkby
    Barcheberie / ebi: William from Robert de Tosny; Leofric from Adelaide wife of Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Barkby Hall and Park. William Pochin, the 18th century Saxon scholar, was born here.

    Barkestone
    Barchestone: Robert de Tosny.

    Barlestone
    Berulvestone: Ralph and Arnold from Hugh de Grandmesnil; Geoffrey from Robert de Bucy.
    3 churches.

    Barrow upon Soar
    Barhou: Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold. 3 mills.
    Part of Greater Leicester; Roman settlement; limestone quarries.

    Barsby
    Barnesbie: King's land.

    Barton in the Beans
    Bartone: Hugh from Hugh de Grandmesnil.

    Barwell
    Barewelle: Coventry Abbey.
    Romano-British finds.

    Beeby
    Bebi: Crowland Abbey.
    Birthplace of Robert Catlin, a judge under Elizabeth I.

    Belgrave
    Merdegrave: Hugh de Grandmesnil; his wife Adelaide. Mill.
    Part of Leicester. It was the site of the city's only suburban railway station when the Great Central Railway was built in the 1890s.

    Billesdon
    Billesdone: Norman from Geoffrey Alselin.
    Site of Bronze and Iron Age settlements; Saxon settlement. George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends in the mid-17th century, went to school here.

    Bilstone
    Bildestone: Countess Godiva.

    Birstall
    Burstel(l)e: Hugh de Grandmesnil and Widhard from him. Mill.
    Part of Greater Leicester.

    Bittesby
    Bichesbie: King's land. Mill.
    Bittesby House.

    Bitteswell
    Betmeswel(le): Robert from the king and Geoffrey de La Guerche.

    Blaby
    Bladi: William from Count of Meulan. Mill.
    In Greater Leicester.

    Blaston
    Blade / Bla(ue)stone: Robert de Tosny from the king and Countess Judith.

    Boothorpe
    Bortrod: Robert from Henry de Ferrers.

    Bottesford
    Bot(h)es / Holesford: Robert de Tosny and Odard, Baldric, Clarebald, Robert, Heldwin, Gilbert and 4 Frenchmen from him. 6 mills.
    The county's biggest village church, containing the tombs of the Earls (later Dukes) of Rutland.

    Branston
    Brantestone: Ralph from Bishop of Lincoln. 2 mills.

    Brascote
    Brocardescote: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Part of Leicester.

    Braunstone
    Brantestone: Robert Burdet's son from Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Part of Leicester.

    Bromkinsthorpe
    Brandesthorp / dinestor, Brunechinestorp: Hugh de Grandmesnil; Payne from William Peverel.
    Absorbed in Leicester.

    Brooksby
    Brochesbi: Wulfsi from Coutess Judith; Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold. Mill.
    Deserted; Tudor Manor House, the home of Lord Cardigan in the 19th century.

    Broughton Astley
    Broc / Broh / Bros(s)tone: Ralph from the king; Osbern from Hugh de Grandmesnil; Hugh de Grandmesnil from Countess Judith.
    Part of Greater Leicester. The Quaker George Fox addressed his first large outdoor meeting here in the mid-17th century.

    Bruntingthorpe
    Brunestan / Brunestinestorp: Hugh de Grandmesnil; Robert from Count of Meulan. Mill.
    Manor house.

    Buckminster
    Bucheminstre: Son of Walter from Bishop of London.
    The church is probably one of the sites where missionaries baptized Anglo-Saxon converts.

    Burbage
    Burbece: Coventry Abbey.
    On the outskirts of Hinckley. Fine common; handsome old houses. Roger Cotes, the first Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge in 1706, lived here.

    'Burgh', The
    Burgo:
    Lost.

    Burrough on the Hill
    Burc / Burg: Robert from Henry de Ferrers; Geoffrey de La Guerche; Herbert from the king.
    Site of a prehistoric hill fort.

    Burton Lazars
    Burtone: Robert from Henry de Ferrers; Richard from Roger de Bully; Geoffrey de La Guerche.
    Hall and park. Its name comes from a lepers hospital founded by a Crusader.

    Burton on the Wolds
    Bor / Burtone: William from Geoffrey de La Guerche; Durand Malet, Leofwin, Godric and Hugh from Earl Hugh.
    Late Georgian hall.

    Burton Overy
    Burtone: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Near Roman road; birthplace of Hugh Weston (1505-58) who presided over Cranmer's trial. The banks nearby are earthworks, possibly the site of a deserted village.

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    Cadeby
    Catebi: Ivo from Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Early 18th century manor farm.

    Carlton Curlieu
    Carle / Carlintone: King's land; Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Jacobean hall.

    Catthorpe
    Torp: Mainou le Breton. Mill.
    Church, c.1300, where the poet John Dryer was rector in the mid-18th century.

    Chadwell
    Caldeuuelle: King's land. 2 mills.

    Charley
    Cernelega: Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.
    Hall; Charley Mill Farm.

    Chilcote
    Cildecote: King's land.

    Claybrooke
    Claibroc: Fulk from Count of Meulan.
    Now 2 villages, Claybrooke Magna and Parva. Nearby High Croos was the site of Venonae, a major Roman settlement, and the junction of Watling Street and the Fosse Way.

    Cold Newton
    Niwetone: Aubrey from Geoffrey de La Guerche; Herbert from the king.
    Deserted; only a few houses remain.

    Cold Overton
    Ovretone: Fulk from Drogo de La Beuvriere.
    Associated with the Mowbray family until the 15th century, when Anne de Mowbray, aged 6, was married to one of the Princes in the Tower.

    Coleorton
    Ovretone: Meginta from Henry de Ferrers; Warin and Roger from Robert de Bucy.
    Coal has been mined here since the 15th century.

    Congerstone
    Cuningestone: Roger from Henry de Ferrers; Robert the Bursar. Mill.

    Cosby
    Cos(se)bi: Count of Meulan; Robert from Robert de Bucy; Countess Judith.
    In Greater Leicester; Tudor hall. A stream runs down the main street.

    Cossington
    Cosintone: Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.

    Coston
    Castone: Henry de Ferrers. Mill.
    Enclosed in the 1630s.

    Cotesbach
    Cotesbece: Walter and Edwin from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.

    Cotes-de-Val
    Toniscote:
    Lost.

    Cranoe
    Crau / Craweho: King's land; Azor from Countess Judith.

    Croft
    Crec / Crebre: Ralph from the king; Robert de Bucy from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Large; at the foot of the hill where Wiglaf, King of Mercia, held council in 836; quarry.

    Croxton Kerrial
    Crohtone: King's land. 2 mills.
    Croxton Park originally belonged to the Abbey of Croxton (founded 1160); the house, built c.1730, was formerly the hunting seat of the Dukes of Rutland.

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    Desford
    Deres / Diresford: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Large; manor house; 2 churches.

    Diseworth
    Diwort: William Lovett.
    William Lilley the 17th century astrologer was born nearby. Langley Priory was built on the site of a nunnery founded soon after the Conquest.

    Dishley
    Dexleia / Dislea: King's land, formerly Queen Edith; Robert from Earl Hugh. 2 mills.
    Farmhouse; watermill.

    Donington le Heath
    Duntone: Thorkell from Nigel d'Aubigny.
    County's oldest medieval house. Coal has been mined here since the 1290s.

    Donisthorpe
    Durandestorp: Carl from Nigel of Stafford; Roger from Henry de Ferrers.

    Dunton Bassett
    Donitone: Robert de Bucy.
    On high ground; centre of framework knitters in the 19th century. The church was used as a beacon during the Napoleonic wars.

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    East Shilton
    Sceltone: Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Industrial.

    East Langton
    Lagintone / Lang(e)tone: Walkelin from Archbishop of York; Peterborough Abbey.

    East Norton
    Nortone: Robert the Bursar; Geoffrey de La Guerche. 2 mills.

    Eastwell
    Est(e)welle: Geoffrey de La Guerche; Askel from the king.
    On a prehistoric road.

    Edmondthorpe
    Edmerestorp: Henry de Ferrers.
    Ruined hall.

    Enderby
    Andretesbie / Endrebie: Ulf from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Large, industrial; quarries; mill; well within Greater Leicester.

    Evington
    Avintone: Ivo from Hugh de Grandmesnil; Robert de Bucy. Mill.
    Part of Leicester; dry moat and fishpond; remains of the manor house of the Greys, lords of Evington from the 13th century.

    Eye Kettleby
    Chitebie: Geoffrey de La Guerche.
    Deserted; only the hall remains.

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    Fenny Drayton
    Draitone: Aelmer from the king.
    Commuter suburb of Nuneaton, beside the Roman road to Watling Street. Birthplace of George Fox, the Quaker (1624-91).

    Fleckney
    Flechenie / nio: Robert the Bursar.
    Large; industrial.

    Foston
    Fostone: William Peverel.
    Church with Saxon and Norman remains; Foston Hall Farm.

    Foxton
    Fox(es)tone: King's land; Robert de Bucy from Countess Judith.
    Large; church on pre-Conquest site with Saxon and Norman remains. 10 locks carry the Grand Union Canal to its highest point.

    Freeby
    Fredebi: Geoffrey de La Guerche.

    Frisby
    Frisebi: Fulk from Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Deserted village, on Frisby Hall farmland.

    Frisby on the Wreake
    Frisebi(e): King's land; Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold. Part of a mill.
    Large.

    Frolesworth
    Frel(l)esworde: Count of Meulan; Hugh de Grandmesnil; Robert de Bucy; Countess Judith.
    18th century almshouses.

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    Gaddesby
    Gadesbi(e): King's land; Feggi and Odincar from Countess Judith; Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold. Mill.

    Galby
    Galbi: King's land; Robert Burdet's son from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.

    Gilmorton
    Mortone: Godfrey from Robert de Vessey.
    Large; earthworks, probably the remains of a moated manor house.

    Glenfield
    Clanefelde: Hugh de Grandmesnil and Erneis from him. Mill.
    Suburb of Leicester, where the 1-mile railway tunnel, built by George Stephenson, begins.

    Glooston
    Glorstone: Hugh de Grandmesnil from Countess Judith.
    On a Roman site; remains of Roman villa.

    Goadby
    Goutebi: Norman from Geoffrey Alselin.

    Goadby Marwood
    Golt / Goutebi: Ralph Pippin from Robert de Bucy; Geoffrey de La Guerche.
    Jacobean hall; hall farm. Edwin Cartwright, reputed inventor of the first power loom in c.1785, was rector here.

    Gopsall
    Gopeshille: Roald from Henry de Ferrers.
    Gopsall Hall Farm.

    Great Bowden
    Bugedone: King's land; William Lovett; Robert de Bucy from the Countess Judith.
    Suburb of Market Harborough; large green.

    Great Dalby
    Dalbi: Godfrey from Bishop of Lincoln; Ansfrid from Robert de Bucy; Humphrey the Chamberlain.
    Attractive.

    Great Easton
    Estone: Peterborough Abbey.
    Large; Romano-British remains.

    Great Glen
    Glen: Lovett and Alwin from Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Large; church with Saxon and Norman remains. A royal charter was issued in 849.

    Grimston
    Grimestone: King's land; Gerard from Robert de Bucy.

    Groby
    Grobi: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Part of Greater Leicester; largest natural pool in the county.

    Gumley
    Godmundelai / Gutmundeslea: Geoffrey from Robert de Vessey; Robert de Bucy from Countess Judith.
    Park; words. Mercian King Aethelbald held council here in 749.

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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