We could not match "RATCLIFFE ON THE WREAKE" in our simplified list of the main towns and villages, or as a postcode. There are several other ways of finding places within Vision of Britain, so read on for detailed advice and 6 possible matches we have found for you:

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    Place name County Entry Source
    BARROW-UPON-SOAR Leicestershire Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreak, Cossington, and Sileby. Acres, 13,521. Pop., 5,144. Houses, 1,169. The district comprehends also Imperial
    LEICESTERSHIRE, or LEICESTER Leicestershire LEICESTERSHIRE , or LEICESTER, an inland county, nearly in the centre of England, but a little to the E. It is Imperial
    OUSTON Leicestershire Wreak, 2½ miles W N W of the boundary with Rutland, 5½ W by S of Oakham r. station, and 7½ S by E of Melton-Mowbray; and was anciently called Osulweston and Oulveston. The parish contains also the hamlet of Newbold-Saucey; and its post town is Oakham. Acres, 2, 460. Real property, £4, 579. Pop., 169. Houses, 40. The property is divided among a few. The manor and most of the land belong to F. Palmer, Esq. An Angustinian priory was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by Robert Grimbald; was given Imperial
    Ratcliffe on the Wreak Leicestershire Ratcliffe on the Wreak , par. and vil., in co. and 7 m. NE. of Leicester, on r. Wreak, 880 ac., pop. 106; P.O. Bartholomew
    RATCLIFFE-ON-THE-WREAK Leicestershire RATCLIFFE-ON-THE-WREAK , a village and a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicestershire. The village stands on the Fosse Imperial
    Shipley Hill Leicestershire Shipley Hill , barrow, Ratcliffe on the Wreak par., in co. and 8 miles NE. of Leicester. Bartholomew
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