Leicestershire Walks: 8 mile Great Glen round via Little Stretton, Kings Norton & Burton Overy.

Over the last year I have been exploring footpaths around Leicestershire and trying to create some circular walks. This route is a little over 8 miles long. During this scenic route you will come across some of Leicestershire’s history. Including an abandoned medieval village and the scene of one of Leicester’s most famous unsolved murders.…… Continue reading Leicestershire Walks: 8 mile Great Glen round via Little Stretton, Kings Norton & Burton Overy.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park is Leicester’s most well known and beloved public park. Leicester locals are mostly familiar with its 850 acres which is home to rare birds, fallow deer and its iconic landmarks. However, there are a few things that not many people may know about. The following pages contain 5 things you probably didn’t know…… Continue reading 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bradgate Park

Ingarsby Viaduct

Ingarsby Viaduct

800 yards along the GN&LNW Railway Line from Ingarsby Tunnel, sitting next to a deserted medieval village sits an abandoned Viaduct. Hidden from view, the over-engineered Victorian structure spans the smallest of brooks 60 feet below. Short history The viaduct was last used in the 60s before the Beeching cuts. At the end of its…… Continue reading Ingarsby Viaduct

Did You Ever Sit On The Cannons Outside Leicester’s Museum When You Were Child?

Did you ever partake in this rite of passage for Leicester children? Sitting on and slipping off the two cannons that have stood guard around the city for the over a century. Two cannons taken as trophies at the Battle of Sevastopol now stand guard outside Leicester’s Newarke House Museum. They have pride of place at the entrance to…… Continue reading Did You Ever Sit On The Cannons Outside Leicester’s Museum When You Were Child?

Kenwood Lido in Knighton, Leicester – Closed in the 1970’s

Opened in the summer of 1934, the outdoor lido in Leicester was the summertime haunt of many of Leicester’s youngsters. With its large unheated semi circle pool, large grass area for sunbathing and a cafe for ice cream and snacks, the pool could see thousands of residents during the warm (and not so warm) seasons.…… Continue reading Kenwood Lido in Knighton, Leicester – Closed in the 1970’s

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The History of Leicester’s Statues: John Henry Manners

Ever wondered what is the history is behind Leicester’s statues? Who are these people that are sculpted in bronze to be ever immortalised by generations to come? Our first part in this series of posts is the 5th Duke of Rutland, John Henry Manners. The Statue can be found at Leicester Market. Location. Leicester’s first-ever…… Continue reading The History of Leicester’s Statues: John Henry Manners

Fox’s Confectionery Used Stuffed Polar Bears To Promote Their Famous Glacier Mints

For a number of years, Leicester based confectionery company Fox’s used stuffed Polar Bears in its Glacier Mints advertisement campaigns. The history behind the stuffed animals is of significant interest. The mascots, which at one point in history had attracted large crowds of potential customers. However, with the introduction of television and radio advertisement, they…… Continue reading Fox’s Confectionery Used Stuffed Polar Bears To Promote Their Famous Glacier Mints

Are You A Fan Of Leicester’s Brutalist Architecture? Here Are Five Examples To Help You Decide.

Leicester is one of those cities in the UK that mostly goes unnoticed, especially when it comes to its architecture. Over the years, the city’s council, as most modern councils have done, has stripped the city of its identity and history. Often replacing them with extreme modern ideas, some more successful than others. Just think…… Continue reading Are You A Fan Of Leicester’s Brutalist Architecture? Here Are Five Examples To Help You Decide.

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The History Behind Leicester’s Art Deco Tram Shelters

May 18, 1904, Leicester’s first tram service was underway. The event attracted crowds in their thousands. Today this may seem a bit confusing, thousands of people lining Leicester’s Clock Tower to witness a tramcar? But at that time nearly everyone in the city used public transport. The car was only in its infancy and the…… Continue reading The History Behind Leicester’s Art Deco Tram Shelters

Welland Viaduct, The Grandest Railway Viaduct in the Country

Welland Viaduct, also known as Harringworth Viaduct or Seaton Viaduct, is the county’s longest spanning railway viaduct. It crosses the valley of the River Welland between Harringworth in Northamptonshire and Seaton in Rutland. The viaduct is technically not in Leicestershire but Northampton and Rutland.  Use of the viaduct. The viaduct lies on the Oakham to Kettering Line and…… Continue reading Welland Viaduct, The Grandest Railway Viaduct in the Country

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