Barton in the Beans

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During the Middle Ages the land passed through many hands including several members of the Hastings family. A popular saying in the county is "Shake a Leicestershire man by the collar and you may hear the beans rattle in his belly": Firth quotes this from a contributor to "Magna Britannia", 1720. Leicestershire was once noted for cultivating the broad bean and in this way the bean has been perpetuated in place-names. In the Noggin Clontith Adventures story, Barton in the Beans is the home of Grizbard, and his army of Grotes. Grizbard and the Grotes tour Leicestershire and surrounding counties, constantly searching for tall dark places, where they like to live.

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