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.
The quaint church of St. James in Drayton is the smallest church in Leicestershire.
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.
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
Leicester had been through a very rough time during WW2 due to the German air raids.
How long does it take to walk down Every Street in Leicester?
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
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
Whilst most towns and cities around the UK use the tales of the bogeyman to frighten good behaviour out of their children. The parents of Leicestershire use the tale of the nine o’clock horses. The amazing thing about the story is that the nine o’clock horses actually existed. What is the Bogeyman? The bogeyman (also…… Continue reading The Nine O’Clock Horses
About half way down one of the city’s oldest streets, Churchgate; You will come across a very oddly named street, Butt Close Lane.