Originally developed in the 1700's by Robert Bakewell, over the next 200 years it was commonly known as the Dishly Leicester and Hexham Leicester due to it's early appearance in the North of England.  It is now recognised as the Bluefaced Leicester with it's roman nose, long erect ears and blue skin showing through short wool on the head.  It produces only small quantities of long, lustrous wool which is much sort after for it's exceptional qualities and is possibly best known as the Sire of the Mule Ewe which makes up almost halt of the crossbred population of the UK.