Place:Great Glen, Leicestershire, England

NameGreat Glen
Alt namesGlensource: Domesday Book (1985) p 161
Great Glennsource: Family History Library Catalog
Glen Magnasource: Family History Library Catalog
Glenn Magnasource: spelling variation
Coordinates52.567°N 1.033°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
See alsoGartree Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Billesdon Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Harborough District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Great Glen (or Great Glenn), also known as Glen Magna, is a village in Leicestershire, 2 miles south of Oadby on the outskirts of Leicester. Leicester City centre is about seven miles northwest. Its name comes from the original Iron Age settlers who used the Celtic word glennos meaning "valley", and comes from the fact that Great Glen lies in part of the valley of the River Sence. The 'great' part is to distinguish the village from Glen Parva.


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In the 16th century, Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, father of the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey, became the lord of the manor. After his execution for treason, his lands were seized by the crown.

Following the Battle of Naseby in 1645, during the English Civil War, Great Glen played host to a band of Cromwellian soldiers who were pursuing some of the (defeated) Royalist Cavalry. They were later joined by the rest of the army who camped overnight before moving onto Leicester. Some of these soldiers made camp in the church where they caused much damage (such as breaking all the windows), of which some evidence can still be seen today. There are five road names in the village that mark these events: Cromwell Road, Naseby Way, Ruperts Way, Edgehill Close and Halford Close.

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