Bringhurst

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Bringhurst is a small village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire. It is in the south-east of the county, close to the borders with Northamptonshire and Rutland. Nearby places are Cottingham in Northants, Great Easton and Drayton in Leicestershire, and Caledecott in Rutland.

The town antedates the Norman Conquest (1066 AD) and was given by one "Ranulfe", a kinsman of King Edward the Confessor to the Abbey of Peterborough (Knight "Geoffrey de Bringhurst").

There is a village church which in parts dates back to the 11th Century. The older houses are made of local stone and either roofed with thatch or collyweston slate. One house is thought to date back to 1636.

The name of the village predates its use as a family name, the earliest mention of which is dated 1260. Earlier variations of the name, such as "Bruninghurst" were first recorded in 1188. Other variations include "Bringherst", "Brinkhurst", "Bringhast", and "Bringhaste". The etymology of Bringhurst comes from the personal name "Bryni" derived from "bryne" (Old English), meaning "fire" or "flame", combined with the word "hurst" or "hyrst" meaning "wooded hill" in Old English, related to Old Saxon, and "hurst" or "horst" in Old High German.

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