Cottages in Bringhurst photographed in September 2007
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Bringhurst is a small village and civil parish in the Harborough district of south-east Leicestershire, bordering Northamptonshire and Rutland. Nearby places are Cottingham in Northants, Great Easton and Drayton in Leicestershire, and Caldecott in Rutland. The population is included in the civil parish of Great Easton.
The village antedates the Norman Conquest (1066 AD) and was one of the first Anglo-Saxon settlements of Britain. The land was given by Æthelred of Mercia to the Medeshamstede Abbey around the year 700 AD. In addition, a confirmatory charter of Edward the Confessor speaks of "the church of Bringhurst".
Bringhurst is, according to W. G. Hoskins, one of the oldest village sites of the Anglo-Saxon period in the county. Bringhurst is one of the ancient Leicestershire villages not recorded in the Domesday Book (1086); however information about it is included in the entry for Great Easton indicating that Great Easton had acquired more importance than the older village on the hill-top. By the 13th century most villages in the county were growing in population but Bringhurst, being badly sited, probably was not.
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.
Bringhurst Primary School is located around half a mile from Bringhurst village, by the road to Great Easton. There are 147 pupils on roll. The most recent (2012) Ofsted report stated "Bringhurst is a good school which places pupils' achievement and well-being at the centre of all it does."
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- Historic England, "Church of St Nicholas (1180300)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 June 2019
- Leach, Josiah Granville (1901). History of the Bringhurst Family: With Notes on the Clarkson, DePeyster, and Boude Families. Lippincott.
- "Bringhurst Family Crest".
- "Ofsted Report" (PDF). Bringhurst Primary School Ofsted Report 2012. Ofsted. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "School Website". Website. Bringhurst Primary School. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Creative youngsters show they're made of the write stuff!". Harborough Mail. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Pupils eye second Christmas No 1". Harborough Mail. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "County schools enjoy good science results". Leicester Mercury. 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Nativity roadshow". Leicester Mercury. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Woman airlifted in Bringhurst car smash". Harborough Mail. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Cars in collision". Leicester Mercury. 26 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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