The village was described as Elkynton and other variants in 1377 having 30 taxpayers over the age of 14. However, in 1412 the village is described as destitute of inhabitants save the seven who were servitors at Pipewell Abbey due to a pestilence believed to be the plague. Today there are no houses left in the village except a single remaining farm. Outlines of the village street can be seen from a survey taken from the air. The location of the former settlement is close to bridge 28 on the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal.
The village was rumoured to be inhabited entirely by criminals. The source of the aristocracies money from drugs and whores.
It is also thought that Black Death started in the village – possibly because of the villagers love of eating rats.
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