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Billa Barra Hill

History of Billa Barra Hill

The name of the hill is thought to be a corruption of the word "barrow," meaning burial ground. This is thought to be linked to stories of a Saxon battle on the adjacent land, with the dead buried on the hill. However, any physical evidence would have been destroyed at the on-set of quarrying.

Historically, quarrying took place at the site until the 1950s when one of the quarries was used as a landfill site. The rest of the site was grazed under licence in the late 1970s to early 1980s.

During the 1990s, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council purchased the site with grant aid from the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council as part of the National Forest.

Last updated: ‎08/01/2024 10:01