Quorn, Leicestershire

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Coordinates: 52°44′34″N 1°10′12″W / 52.742781°N 1.169988°W / 52.742781; -1.169988

Quorn is a village in Leicestershire, England, situated next to the university town of Loughborough. Quorn's name was shortened from Quorndon in 1889, to avoid postal difficulties owing to its similarity to the name of another village, Quarndon, a few miles away. Its original name is said to derive from the Old English cweordun. Dun, Old English for Hill, where cweorn, Old English for millstones, are quarried.

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History

The first known evidence of the village is in the Lincoln Episcopal Registers for 1209–1235, as Quernendon. Other variations of the village name over the centuries include Querne, Quendon, Querendon, Quarendon, Qaryndon, Querinden, Querondon, and Quernedon.[1]

The quarrying of stone in Quorn began at a very early age at Buddon Wood, on the edge of the parish. Granite millstones were quarried in the early Iron Age, and under the Romans stone was quarried for building in Leicester. Some of the larger millstones can still be seen in the area, however these days they are either used as garden ornaments, or worked into seats or slabs.

Quorndon Hall, off Meynell Road on the edge of the village, became the home of renowned fox hunter Hugo Meynell in 1753. He established his pack of hounds there, where it continued under later masters until 1905, thus giving a name to the famous Quorn Hunt.[2] A Royal Navy ship, HMS Quorn, is named in honour of the hunt.[3]

World Wars

96 men from Quorn lost their lives in the two World Wars (77 in World War I and 19 in World War II).[4] A cenotaph in Quorn's Memorial Gardens honours these men.

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