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Leicestershire place-names

Adm. div.
Full name Leicestershire
Abbreviation Leics
Coordinates 52.635833333333, -1.1461111111111
Area (1891) 2133.19514 km2[1]
Population (1891) 200468[2]
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Localities named after Robin Hood (or members of his band) in Leicestershire. Click locality marker for link to page. Historical county boundary coordinates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.

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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-24.

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County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Leicestershire as follows:

Leicestershire is a Midland county, famed as a foxhunting shire but also as an industrial one. Leicester, the county town is a historic city with Roman, Viking and Mediæval roots under a substantial modern city undergoing great social transformation. Leicestershire has a wealth of coal seams. Northern Leicestershire is greatly transformed by coal mining. Coalville, northwest of Leicester, was founded on and sustained by the mines, a centre among other mining centres. The rest of the county is famed for its scenery, including the hilly Charnwood Forest, rising above 900 feet and the Wolds in the northeast. In this unindustrial part of Leicestershire are many charming villages and rich farmland. Melton Mowbury, at the heart of fox-hunting country in the east of the shire, is the home of the eponymous pork pie. (Stilton cheese is also from Leicestershire, though named for a village in Huntingdonshire.) Even in Melton though one cannot escape indistrial history; the coal canal has been filled in but its gates stick up incongruously in the town's public park. Watling Street, once the border of the Danelaw, forms the border with Warwickshire to the southwest.


Main Towns: Ashby-de-La-Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray.
Main Rivers: Soar, Wreake.
Highlights: Belvoir Castle; Bosworth battlefield; Burrough Hill iron age fort; Castle Donnington; Charnwood Forest; Stanford Hall.
Highest Point: Bardon Hill, 277.98 m.
Area: 2071.99 km2.[3]

Chronology

17th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 17th century.

19th Century

6 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 19th century.

20th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 20th century.

Miscellaneous

1 Miscellaneous place-name and locality.

All localities

12 Place-names and localities.

Place-name clusters

2 Clusters of Robin Hood place-names, localities with local traditions, literary locales etc.

List and gazetters

Background

Notes