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The Name Change - Quorndon to Quorn

The ancient name for the village is Quorndon. Even so, hundreds of years ago the shortened version of Quorn was in day to day use, and many organisations such as the Quorn Hunt, and buildings such as Quorn Hall were using the shortened name.

Problems started to occur when goods deliveries and postal communications became common. There is a village in Derbyshire called Quarndon (note the spelling), and it was not uncommon for post and other deliveries to be directed to the wrong village.

Whilst things generally got to the correct place in the end, in was pretty inconvenient. One way to overcome the problem was to include the town of Loughborough (a few miles away from Quorn) in the Quorn address - not ideal though.

Very few villages get a name change

 Quorndon to Quorn - the name change A better solution was proposed in 1889 - to shorten the name form Quorndon to Quorn. In that year, a group of respectable villagers (generally businessmen) submitted a petition to the Postmaster General suggesting that the confusion would be removed if the name change went ahead.

This was accepted in the same year, and the village changed its name.

In modern times, both version are still used. Indeed, the website you're on now retains the Quorndon name.

The original cutting concerning the name change from the Derby Mercury of January 1890 can be viewed at artefact 899
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