Griffydam is a small hamlet in North West Leicestershire and is located in the parish of Worthington.


The name of the village of Griffydam is thought to originate from Old Norse “gryfja” (cleft/valley) and Old English “dammer” (dam). There are also historical references to “Griffith’s dam”. This suggests that a “small” settlement probably developed as far back as the time of the Viking invasion of 873.

To discover more about the history of our village go to TOPICS, follow the HERITAGE TRAIL..... or view the Book Publications via the link below, from which we have taken may extracts for this website with the kind permission of the author Samuel T Stewart.

What's New


Books by author and historian Samuel T Stewart on the history of Griffydam and the local area can be downloaded from here! Click on DETAILS below to view publications.

A new book on Limestone Burning in NW Leicetershire is now available. If you are interested please get in touch via the Contact page or email us on griffydamvillage@gmail.com  

Do you recognise anyone in the above 1948 Griffydam Primary School photograph recently published in the Coalville Times? A big thank you to Griffydam resident Sheila Fisher (nee Williamson pictured bottom 4th left) who has identified everyone in the picture. To find out 'who's who' go to Gallery and scroll through Schools photos or click here>



Two new topics have been added. Lost Buildings, providing details of buildings in the local area that no longer exist or are in ruins, and Wartime where you can discover more about the wartime experiences of people in our local community. Go to Topics to find out more....

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