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    Hallaton
    Alctone: Norman from Geoffrey Alselin.
    Large; fine 17th to 19th century cottages.

    Halstead
    Elstede: King's land.

    Harby
    Herd / Hertebi: Robert de Tosny; Gerard from Robert de Bucy.
    Large; once with a wharf on the Nottingham-Grantham Canal.

    Harston
    Herstan: King's land.
    Near Iron Age pits and the site of Anglo-Saxon dwellings; church with Saxon stone.

    Hathern
    Avederne: Robert from Earl Hugh.
    Large. John Heathcote invented his lace-making machine here c.1808.

    Heather
    Hadre: Countess Judith.

    Hinckley
    Hinchelie: King's land.
    Industrial town. Castle Hill is on the site of Roman earthworks.

    Hoby
    Hobie: Aethelhelm from Drogo de La Beuvriere.
    Ancient cross.

    Holwell
    Holewelle: Ketelbern from Bishop of Lincoln; Gerard from Robert de Bucy.
    Ironstone has been worked here since the 1870s.

    Holyoaks
    Haliach: Ranulf from Bishop of Lincoln. Mill.
    Farm.

    Horninghold
    Horniwale: Robert de Tosny.

    Hose
    Hoches / Howes: Gilbert from Robert de Tosny; Robert the Usher from the king and Thurstan from him.
    Once with a wharf on the Nottingham-Grantham Canal.

    Hoton
    Hoh / Holetone: Robert de Jort (who occupied it by force); Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.

    Houghton on the Hill
    Hohtone: Godric from Henry de Ferrers.
    Possibly on a pre-Conquest site; ancestral home of the Herrick family.

    Humberstone
    Humerstane: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Part of Leicester. Home of Thomas Paget, MP for Leicester at the time of the Reform Act, 1832.

    Huncote
    Hunecote: Count of Meulan. Mill.
    Large.

    Hungerton
    Hungretone: William from Robert de Tosny.
    Jacobean hall.

    Husbands Bosworth
    Bareswerde / worde: Abbot Benedict from Guy de Raimbeaucourt; Laurence from Robert de Vessey. Mill.

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    Ibstock
    Ibestoche: Ingenwulf from Count of Meulan.
    Large; mining. The 14th century church was Archbishop Laud's living for 9 years early in the 17th century.

    Illston on the Hill
    Elve / Nelvestone: King's land; Hugh de Grandmesnil; Ingold from Robert de Bucy.
    Manor house.

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    Kegworth
    Cacheuuorde / Cogeworde: Robert from Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.
    Prosperous small town, centre of the knitting trade in the 19th century.

    Keyham
    Caiham: King's land.

    Keythorpe
    Cai / Cheitorp: Osbern from Archbishop of York; Norman from Geoffrey Alselin.
    Hall farm; grange.

    Kibworth Beauchamp
    Chiburde: Robert the Bursar.
    Belonged to Merton College, Oxford, since the 13th century.

    Kibworth Harcourt
    Chiborne / Cliborne: Robert de Vessey.
    12th century castle mound. Philip Doddridge, the Nonconformist divine, preached here 1723-25.

    Kilby
    Cilebi: Oger le Breton. Mill.
    Medieval manor house.

    Kimcote
    Chenemundescote: Ralph from Bishop of Lincoln.
    18th century Free School.

    King's Norton
    Nortone: King's land.
    Manor house.

    Kirby Bellars
    Cher / Chirchebi: Geoffrey de La Guerche and Ralph from him.

    Kirby Muxloe
    Carbi / Chirchebi: Riculf from William Peverel.
    Suburb of Leicester; brick castle, built for William Lord Hastings in the 15th century. Nearby Kirby Moats are said to be of Saxon origin.

    Kirkby Mallory
    Cher(ch)ebi: Hugh from Coventry Abbey; Hugh de Grandmesnil and Serlo from him.
    Suburb of Leicester; hall with park and lake; motor racing course nearby.

    Knaptoft
    Cnapetot: King's land.
    Depopulated by 17th century change from arable to sheep farming; Hall Farm; moated site of an earlier hall; fishponds.

    Knighton
    Cnihtetone: Bishop of Lincoln.
    Part of Leicester; hall, now the residence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

    Knipton
    Cnipe / Gniptone: King's land; Robert de Tosny. 7 mills.
    Wooded; near Knipton Reservoir.

    Knossington
    Closin / Nossitone: King's land; Roger de Bully.
    On high ground which belonged to Owston Abbey and passed to the son of Thomas Cromwell at the Dissolution.

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    Laughton
    Lachestone: Walter from Robert de Tosny.

    Leesthorpe
    Luvestorp: Buterus from Geoffrey de La Guerche.
    Hall; grange.

    Leicester
    Ledecestre: King's land; Hugh de Grandmesnil; Countess Judith; Bishop of Lincoln. 6 churches, 2 mills.
    Town. Iron Age settlement; established as 'Civitas' by the Romans; Cathedral see of the Bishop of Leicester until the 9th century when it became a Danish borough. It was the site of the first Parliament called by Simon de Montfort, in 1265, and an early centre of the dissenting tradition; from the 18th century it was dependent on the hosiery and boot and shoe trades for its wealth.

    Leire
    Legre: Bishop of Lincoln; Robert de Bucy; Robert the Bursar; Hugh de Grandmesnil.

    Little Bowden
    Bugedone: Count of Mortain. Mill.
    In the suburbs of Market Harborough.

    Little Dalby
    Dalbi: Roger from Henry de Ferrers; Robert from Geoffrey de La Guerche.
    Hartopp Hall, now flats, produced the first widely known Stilton cheese, c.1730.

    Little Thorpe
    Torp:
    Lost.

    Loddington
    Ludintone: Robert from Robert de Bucy. Mill.
    In hilly, wooded countryside; hall.

    Long Clawson
    Clachestone: Ivo from Robert de Tosny; Thurstan and Theobald from Robert Usher.
    Large; in the Vale of Belvoir; manor house.

    Loughborough
    Locte / Lucteburne: Roger, Ralph, Hugh, Godric and Roger from Earl Hugh. 2 mills.
    Town; a centre of the hosiery trade, past and present, and of Luddite riots. Its November Fair dates from the 13th century.

    Lowesby
    Glowesbi: Hugh Burdet from Countess Judith. Mill.
    Depopulated in the 15th century; site of famous pottery in 19th century. Church hall and fishponds remain.

    Lubbesthorpe
    Lupestorp:
    Lost.

    Lubenham
    Lobenho / Luban / Lubeham: Walkelin from Archbishop of York; Osbern from Robert de Tosny; Robert de Bucy from Countess Judith.
    Hall; pond; green.

    Lutterworth
    Lutresurde: Mainou le Breton.
    Small town. Reformer and theologian John Wycliffe was rector here in the late 14th century.

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    Markfield
    Merchenefeld: Hugh de Grandmesnil from Countess Judith.
    On the edge of Charnwood Forest; home of framework knitters in the 19th century.

    Measham
    Messeham: King's land.
    Mining; brick-making; on the Ashby Canal.

    Medbourne
    Medburne / Metorne: King's land; Robert de Tosny.
    Probably inhabited since Roman times; granted a weekly market in 1266; manor house; hall; medieval bridge.

    Melton Mowbray
    Medeltone: Geoffrey de La Guerche and William and Roger from him. 2 mills.
    Market town; the hunting capital of England in the early 19th century. The market dates from Saxon times, ancient British cemetery.

    Misterton
    Menstre / Minis / Minstretone: Ralph from Bishop of Lincoln; Abbot Benedict from Guy de Raimbeaucourt; Mainou le Breton.
    Church; hall.

    Mowsley
    Muselai: Gunfrid de Chocques; Gerbert.
    Fishponds.

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    Nether Broughton
    Broctone: King's land.
    Large; overlooking Vale of Belvoir; site of a Roman villa.

    Newbold Folville
    Niwebold:
    Lost.

    Newbold Saucey
    Neubold: Hugh from Henry de Ferrers. Mill.
    Farm.

    Newbold Verdon
    Niwebold: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    Ancient earthworks; hall, home of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the 18th century blue stocking.

    Newbold Burgoland
    Neutone: Gladwin and Roger from Henry de Ferrers.

    Newton Harcourt
    Neu / Niwetone: Robert de Vessey. Mill.
    On the Grand Union Canal; 17th century manor.

    North Kilworth
    Chivelesworde: Ralph from Count of Meulan. Mill.
    13th century church, where Archbishop Laud was rector for one year in the early 17th century.

    North Marefield
    Merdefelde: King's land.
    Deserted.

    Norton juxta Twycross
    Nortone: Countess Godiva.
    Birthplace of William Whiston (1667-1752) who succeeded Sir Isaac Newton as Lucasian professor at Cambridge.

    Noseley
    Noveslei: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    13th century church; hall; park.

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    Oadby
    Oldebi: Roger from Hugh de Grandmesnil; Countess Judith and Robert from her.
    Part of Leicester; site of a pagan Anglo-Saxon cemetery.

    Oakthorpe
    Achetorp: Erwin from Nigel of Stafford.

    Odstone
    Odestone: Robert the Bursar.
    Hall.

    Old Dalby
    Dalbi: Robert from Ralph FitzHubert.

    Orton on the Hill
    Wortone: Henry de Ferrers.
    Hall.

    Osbaston
    Sbernestun: Roger from Ralph de Mortimer.
    Hall.

    Osgathorpe
    Osgodtorp: Ardwulf from Henry de Ferrers.
    17th century school.

    Othorpe
    Actorp: Robert de Bucy from Countess Judith.
    Hall.

    Owston
    Osulvestone: Grimbald from Countess Judith.
    Remote.

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    Packington
    Pachintone: Coventry Abbey. Mill.
    Site of a weekly market in the Middle Ages.

    Peatling Magna
    Petlinge: Godwin the Priest; Robert de Bucy; Countess Judith; Robert from Count of Meulan.
    Large; ancient cross.

    Peatling Parva
    Alia Petlinge: Howard from Hugh de Grandmesnil; Leofric from Adelaide wife of Hugh de Grandmensil. 2 mills.

    Peckleton
    Pechintone: Hugh de Grandmesnil.
    On the Roman road from Leicester to Watling Street; possibly an Old English settlement.

    Pickwell
    Pichewelle: Buterus from Geoffrey de La Guerche. Mill.
    Iron Age hill-fort; manor house.

    Potters Marston
    Mersitone:
    Lost; once a pottery making centre.

    Poultney
    Pontenei: Ralph from Bishop of Lincoln.
    Farms.

    Prestgrave
    Abegrave:
    Lost.

    Prestwold
    Prestewalde / wolde: Durand Malet; Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.
    14th century church; big house. The estate still belongs to the Packe family, who bought it in the 17th century.

    Primethorpe
    Torp:
    Lost.

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    Quenby
    Quenberie: William from Robert de Tosny.
    Depopulated in the late 15th century. The site of the village is in Quenby Hall park.

    Queniborough
    Cuinburg: William from Geoffrey de La Guerche. Mill.

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    Ragdale
    Ragendel(e): Hugh from Robert de Bucy.
    18th century hall.

    Ratby
    Rotebie: Hugh de Grandmesnil. Mill.
    Large; on the edge of Charnwood Forest; Old Hayes, a moated homestead site.

    Ratcliffe Culey
    Redeclive: Robert the Bursar.
    Moated site of a manor house.

    Ratcliffe on the Wreak
    Radeclive: Robert Burdet's wife from Robert de Bucy. Mill.
    Hall; old mill; birthplace of Richard Kilbye (1561-1620), one of the translators of the authorized version of the Bible.

    Ravenstone
    Ravenestorp: Ingold from Robert de Bucy; Hugh Burdet from Countess Judith; Earl Hugh. 2 mills.
    Suburb of Leicester; medieval bridge.

    Rearsby
    Re(d)resbi: Ingold from Robert de Bucy; Hugh Burdet from Countess Judith; Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold. 1 mills.
    Suburb of Leicester; medieval bridge.

    Redmile
    Redmelde: Robert de Tosny.
    Once on the Nottingham-Grantham Canal.

    Ringlethorpe
    Ricoltorp: Hugh de Grandmesnil from Countess Judith; Raven from the king. Mill.
    Goldsmith Grange, named after John Goldsmith, a wealthy 15th century merchant.

    Rollestone
    Rovestone: Norman from Geoffrey Alselin.
    Modern hall on old site; ancient cross.

    Rotherby
    Redebi: Earl Hugh, formerly Earl Harold.

    Rothley
    Rodolei: King's land. Mill.
    Large; site of a Roman villa; church with Norman remains and a Saxon cross; Rothley Temple, home of the Babington family from the 15th to 19th century, was the birthplace of the poet and historian Lord Macauley (1800-59).

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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