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Packington is a village and civil parish in the district of North West Leicestershire. It is situated close to the A42 road and the towns of Ashby de la Zouch and Measham. The population of Packington according to the 2001 UK census is 738. Nearby villages include Normanton le Heath and Heather.Packington has a public house called the 'Bull and Lion' (reputedly the only one in Britain) and a local shop called 'Daybreak Services'. It is part of the National Forest and the Gillewhiskaw brook runs through the village.HistoryThe lordship of Packington was in the possession of the infamous Lord Henry Hastings, 1st Baron Loughborough during the Civil War. In 1644 the constables of the town paid a compulsory levy of £51 for the "Contribution" to Parliament, providing quartering for troops from Fairfax’s army from the Tamworth garrison. Three Packington inhabitants, Mr Harsnett, William Corbett and Jane Cresswell made claims for free quarter in June, 1646. Thomas Pestell sen., the incumbent, was a strong supporter of the king. He resigned the vicarage to his son around 1644 after being robbed and plundered several times. The younger Thomas Pestell was later ejected from his vicarage as a "great libertine", and fled to the royalist garrison at Ashby de la Zouch.
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