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
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?
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
“Canary Cottage” is named after its yellow exterior, is a tiny thatched cottage that is now dwarfed by a large grain dryer. Its can be seen from the A47
The Leicester Mercury and Leicester CC jointly commissioned the statue after the outstanding success of the city’s sports teams in their respective 1996/97 seasons.
East Norton Tunnel sits a mile south of East Norton village, between the A47 and Hallaton village. The tunnel, originally built in 1879 is 444 yards long.
For hundreds of years, myths and legends have been attached to this once prominent feature of the Leicestershire landscape.
The tunnel, originally built by the Great Northern Line, is 471 metres long. The tunnel first opened in 1882 and finally closed in 1964.
Swithland Reservoir and Water Works is one of Leicestershire’s hidden Victorian Gems. The Grade II listed building and water garden is hidden on private property and is nestled between the reservoir and Swithland Quarry. It is a prime example of Victorian engineering thats has spared no cost. The pump house looks to be a stately…… Continue reading Swithland Reservoir and Water Works
Who would have thought that the one of the most innovative and distinctive petrol stations in the world is on the A6, in Birstall, on the outskirts of Leicester’s city centre. The garage, now owned by BP, has made the top ten list featuring the best designed gas stations in the world.Which was voted by architects of DesignCurial magazine,…… Continue reading Birstall Petrol Station