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Melton Mowbray is locally known as Melton. The area has a rich history; there are approximately 29 scheduled monuments from ancient times; approximately 705 buildings in the area that are marked as having some sort of architectural or historical interest; 16 sites of special scientific interest and also approximately 12 ancient village sites that are in a deserted state.
The parish church is also a landmark of the area. St. Mary's Church is one of the largest parish churches in Leicestershire. There are parts of the church that date anywhere from the 13th to 15th centuries. However, there is at least one part that dates as far back as 1170
Surprisingly other than the single rail station which has limited service in the evenings and early weekend hours, regular service other times, there is no other transportation for the town and hence having a car is essential for visiting this area.
The town is known for the famous saying, �Painting the town red,� as well as a few other things like pork pies, Stilton Cheese and Melton cloth. Painting the town red is a reference to a particular noble who painted parts of the walls of buildings on High Street with red paint. Melton cloth is a tight woven heavily milled cloth used for things like donkey jackets, and sailor's peacoats. Pork pies, the traditional kind can be purchased in Dickinson's & Morris and Stilton cheese was marketed in Stilton but made in Melton.