Quorn adopted its name in 1889 when it was shortened from Quorndon to avoid postal difficulties owing to its similarity to the name of another village, Quarndon, in neighbouring Derbyshire.
The village has a railway station called Quorn and Woodhouse, shared with the neighbouring hamlet of Woodhouse, which was on the national Great Central Railway network and is now on the preserved Great Central Steam Railway. Numerous royal visitors have disembarked at the station to take part in the Quorn Hunt, including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).
Sarson Street, running adjacent to Rawlins Community College, features many 19th-century terraced cottages, formerly those of framework knitters. Framework knitting was a major local industry until the onset of major mechanisation, and the cottages along this road display certain features typical of such an activity.
Large windows for example were intended to allow in the necessary amount of light by which to work. Quorn today is a buzzing and charming place with a great selection of independent retailers and food and drink venues and a busy calendar of local events.