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.
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
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