I’ve Walked Down Every Street In Leicester


How long does it take to walk down Every Street in Leicester?

When Town Hall Square was laid out in 1879, the road that ran between Horsefair and Bishop Street, in the city centre, was known as Municipal Square East.

At least that’s how it was known to officialdom. Everyone else called it Every Street.

There was a cab firm here, with a sign promising to take people to every street in Leicester.

Gradually, the name stuck.

“It gave rise to that old joke: How long does it take to walk down every street in Leicester?

“About a minute, depending on how fast you walk,”

Eventually, even the bureaucrats gave up on the dull name no-one used, and Every Street was made official.

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Book Recommendations.

If you are interested in Leicester’s history then we recommend the following book (Click on the images or links below)

Leicester: A Modern History

“This lavishly produced book brings together an impressive amount of new historical research which seeks to answer this question, providing fresh interpretations of Leicester’s history since 1800. The chapters analyse the events, changes and characteristics that have shaped the city and given it its distinctive identity. The sights, sounds and smells of the city in the twenty-first century are products of cumulative layers of history, layers which are peeled back by a specially assembled team of historians, all of whom have lived and worked in Leicester for many years. The result is an important book which helps us to understand the city’s past, so that we may better understand the present and know how to approach the future. Above all, this fascinating volume demonstrates that Leicester is a quietly confident city built on firm historical foundations of which Leicester citizens of today can feel very proud.”

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Thomas Kirkup is an engineer in the Royal Navy. Born and raised in Leicester he is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discus himself in the third person, but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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