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Melton Mowbray

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Melton Mowbray is a town in the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. It is 19mi to the northeast of Leicester, and 20mi 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.HistoryToponymyThe name Melton comes from the early English word Medeltone – meaning 'Middletown surrounded by small hamlets' . Mowbray is a Norman family name – the name of early Lords of the Manor – namely Robert de Mowbray.Early historyIn and around Melton, there are 28 scheduled ancient monuments, around 705 buildings listed as having special architectural or historical interest, 16 sites of special scientific interest, and several deserted village sites.There is industrial archaeology including the Grantham Canal and the remains of the Melton Mowbray Navigation. Windmill sites, ironstone working and smelting archaeological evidence suggest that Melton borough was densely populated in Bronze and Iron Ages. Many small village communities existed and strategic points at Burrough Hill and Belvoir were fortified. There is also evidence to suggest that the site of Melton Mowbray in the Wreake Valley was inhabited before Roman occupation (43 AD).
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