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Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Melton Mowbray is a town in the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. It is 14.5 miles to the northeast of Leicester, and 18 miles southeast of Nottingham. The town lies along the course of both the River Eye and the River Wreake and currently has a population of 25,554. Promoted as the "Rural Capital of Food", Melton Mowbray is perhaps best known for its culinary specialities, being the home of the eponymous pork pie and one of the five homes of Stilton cheese.
Administrative CountyLeicestershire
Traditional CountyLeicestershire
OS GridSK7519
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityLeicestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLeicestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLeicestershire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01664
Population25,554 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire has been known in the past

Eastern Division The ~ Medeltune ~ Melton ~ Melton Mobray

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Melton Mowbray, market town, par., and township, Leicestershire, 14½ miles NE. of Leicester and 102 miles NW. of London by rail - par., 10,266 ac., pop. 6347; township, 5680 ac., pop. 5820; town. 2544 ac., pop. 5766; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. The town is situated in a rich valley not far from the confluence of the rivers Eye and Wreak, and on the old road from Leeds to London. Domesday Book refers to it as Medeltune; and during the Civil War in the time of Charles I. it was the scene of a great engagement between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, in which the latter were defeated. During the hunting season the celebrated Melton hunt attracts large numbers of the wealthier classes to the town. Stilton cheese and pork pies are the most familiar articles of its trade; of the latter over 3 tons a week are sent to all parts of the country.

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