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

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?

The Largest Explosion Ever On UK Soil, RAF Fauld

RAF Fauld was a military munitions storage in Staffordshire. It exploded by accident in 1944 and was the largest explosion to have ever occurred on UK soil. It is also the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world. History of the store. The RAF took over an existing alabaster mine in 1937 for use as a…… Continue reading The Largest Explosion Ever On UK Soil, RAF Fauld

RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge

Something very interesting, but also very sad happened in April 1945 on the outskirts of Leicester. A RAF Bomber (RAF Lancaster ND647) crashed and exploded in a field that would one day be one of Leicester’s suburbs, Thurnby Lodge. Lancaster Bomber training.The bomber aeroplane crashed whilst the crew was training on Sunday 8th April 1945. The Aircraft took…… Continue reading RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge

RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge: Eyewitness Report by Terence C. Cartwright

In 1945, RAF Lancaster Bomber ND647 crashed into a field on the outskirts of Leicester. The pilot lost control during a training exercise with a spitfire. This incredible, but sad story was witness by a teenager Terence C. Cartwright in 1945. He recounts the emotional event below. “Looking over the countryside toward Scraptoft, there was a…… Continue reading RAF Lancaster Bomber Crashes In Thurnby Lodge: Eyewitness Report by Terence C. Cartwright