In an uncultivated field north of Earl Shilton, there is a very special tree. It is in fact two trees, Oak & Ash, that have bonded together, making one.
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
How long does it take to walk down Every Street in Leicester?
In a small woods on the east side of Leicester lays an unusual small building. Legend says it’s home to a witch. The Leicester Chronicle explores further.
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
In Leicestershire, along a minor road to the village of Bilstone. A little unknown piece of local history has stood for over 200 years. A Gibbet. Used only once for a rare, tragic murder in the village. Location Located along Gibbet Lane, just outside Bilstone Village. It is standing by the side of a little lay-by. It can be…… Continue reading Bilstone Gibbet
About half way down one of the city’s oldest streets, Churchgate; You will come across a very oddly named street, Butt Close Lane.
Polly was made stand in full view of the congregation during a Sunday service whilst wearing a white sheet and holding a burning candle in one hand with the bible in the other.
In the United Kingdom we are lucky enough to have some very interesting traditional customs. And the county of Leicestershire has its fair share. Ranging from Bottle-Kicking (a very large maul between two rival villages over a cask of ale) to holding an annual service in celebrating the arrival of the Bluebells in Swithland Woods.…… Continue reading The Whipping Toms