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Quorn Brook/Buddon Brook/River Lin - what’s in a name?

The brook that flows from the Quorn parish boundary at Swithland Reservoir and passes through the village, through the old Farnham Estate on Meeting Street, by the side of M Wright and Sons’ factory, through Stafford Orchard (Quorn Park) to join the River Soar, is known by a series of names including Buddon Brook, Quorn Brook or simply the Brook.

Indeed over its short distance from its origins in the Ulverscroft Valley it is known by at least six names. As well as those in Quorn, others include the Ulverscroft Brook, the Lin and Bybrook. It is for this reason that the term ‘River Lin’ recognises the water course in its entirety. The river described as one of Leicestershire's shortest rivers has an interesting history.

This paper entitled; THE LEICESTERSHIRE LIN: A RIVER THROUGH TIME is authored by Ernest Miller and Anthony Squires and examines the many different ways that the river has been harnessed to serve the needs and demands of generations of local people through almost a thousand years. In addition, the writers hope that their research and fieldwork may point the way to other local studies along similar lines.

Courtesy of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society.
Miller, E. (2009). The Leicestershire Lin: A River through Time. Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society 83. Vol 83, Leicester: Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society. pp. 131-154.

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 Submitted on: 2024-02-16
 Submitted by: Dennis Marchant, Ernest Miller, Anthony Squires
 Artefact ID: 2574
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2574

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