was recorded in the Domesday Book in four wapentakes: Guthlaxton, Framland, Goscote and Gartree. These later became
hundreds, with the division of Goscote into West Goscote and East Goscote, and the addition of Sparkenhoe hundred.
In 1087, the first recorded use of the name was as Laegrecastrescir.
Leicestershire's external boundaries have changed little since the
Domesday Survey. The Measham-Donisthorpe exclave of Derbyshire has been exchanged for the Netherseal area, and the
urban expansion of Market Harborough has caused Little Bowden, previously in Northamptonshire to be
In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 abolished the county
borough status of Leicester city and the county status of neighbouring Rutland, converting both to administrative
districts of Leicestershire. These actions were reversed on 1 April 1997, when Rutland and the City of Leicester
became unitary authorities. Rutland became a distinct Ceremonial County once again, although it continues to be
policed by Leicestershire Constabulary.
The symbol of the county council, Leicestershire County Cricket
Club and Leicester City FC, is the fox. Leicestershire is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting as it is
known today. Hugo Meynell, who lived in Quorn, is known as the father of fox hunting. Melton Mowbray and Market
Harborough have associations with fox hunting, as has neighbouring Rutland.