Link to Quorn Hunt WebsiteThe Quorn Hunt, usually called the Quorn, established in 1696, is one of the world’s oldest fox hunting packs and claims to be the United Kingdom’s most famous hunt. Its country is mostly in Leicestershire, together with some smaller areas of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Despite the abolition of fox hunting intended by the Hunting Act 2004, the Quorn continues to go out on three days of the week during the autumn and winter months. Read More

The hunt traces its origins to a pack of foxhounds established in 1696 at Tooley Park, Leicestershire, by the youthful Thomas Boothby (1677–1752). Its present name comes from the village of Quorn (also known as Quorndon), where the hounds were kennelled between 1753 and 1904, having been established there as a result of the hunt’s second master, Hugo Meynell, buying Quorndon Hall from the 4th Earl Ferrers. Following more than half a century under Boothby, Meynell was Master for forty-seven years, and such was his innovative mastery of fox hunting that he has been called ‘The Primate of the Science’.

In 1905 new kennels and stables were built at Paudy Lane, Seagrave, and are now listed buildings. The hunt’s present-day kennels are at Gaddesby Lane, Kirby Bellars, near Melton Mowbray.

Before gaining its present title in the mid 19th century, the hunt was often known by the name of its Master: for instance, from 1827 to 1831 it was called ‘Lord Southampton’s Hounds’. Until 1884, the hounds were owned by the Master and a change of mastership was either by purchase or inheritance. The hounds are now said to be “owned by the country”, that is, by the hunt organization.

The Quorn hunts a wide area of Leicestershire, plus some coverts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, stretching from just south of Nottingham to the edge of the city of Leicester and from Melton Mowbray westwards to Ashby de la Zouch. On the eastern side of the country lies a rolling open landscape, with good fences to jump, while to the west are the wooded uplands of Charnwood Forest and the Pennine Chain. The best centres are around Melton Mowbray, Leicester and Loughborough.

In 1853, the southern part of its country was separated off to form the Fernie.

The adjoining hunts are the Meynell and South Staffs (to the north west), the South Notts (to the north), the Belvoir (to the north east), the Cottesmore (to the south east), the Fernie (to the south), and the Atherstone (to the south west).

Hunting takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, in the autumn and winter months only. More open country is hunted on Mondays and Fridays, the most popular days, with usually between one hundred and one hundred and fifty mounted followers, plus about twice as many who follow hounds on foot and with cars and bicycles. The smallest number of followers is on Tuesdays. Over eight hundred farmers in the country of the Quorn allow the hunt to use their land. There is also a Quorn Hunt Supporters’ Association. Source Wikipedia 

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