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Measham is a large village in Leicestershire, situated close to the borders with Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire; located just off the A42 and 4.5 miles (7.25 km) south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch (the closest town), and within the National Forest. It was historically in Derbyshire: part of an enclave which was absorbed into Leicestershire in 1897 ( See County Enclaves). Its name means the homestead on the River Mease.