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Historic County of England.

Leicestershire Famous People
Leicestershire Genealogical Resources
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Historic Buildings of Leicestershire
Leicestershire Monumental Transcriptions, Cemeteries & Graveyards
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  • Administrative centre Glenfiled
  • County Flower - Foxglove
  • People from Leicestershire are called - ?
  • Motto For'ard, For'ard.
  • Claims to Fame:
  • Leicester Longwool sheep
  • The John Taylor Bell Foundry of Freehold Street in Loughborough is the largest in the world and is responsible for making the country’s biggest bell - the Great Paul which weighs 17 tonnes - which rings out from St Paul’s in London. The business began in 1784, moving to Loughborough in 1839. They also made Great George, the 14-tonne giant at Liverpool Cathedral which is Britain’s next largest.
  • The expression “painting the town red” is said to originate from an event in Melton Mowbray in 1837. A few loutish aristocratic hunters led by the notorious Marquis of Waterford, out celebrating a day of success, daubed red paint on houses, pub signs, and the toll-bar there. Traces of the paint can still be seen on older buildings in the High Street.
  • Melton Mowbray is renowned for the very wonderful raised pork pie that proudly bears the town’s name
  • Melton Mowbray is also the home of Stilton Cheese and Red Leicester, the last product originally made it is said only when the market would bear no more Stilton.
  • Places of Interest

Leicestershire (abbreviated Leics.) is a landlocked ceremonial county of historic origin in the Midlands of England. The county borders Derbyshire to the north-west, Nottinghamshire to the north, Rutland to the east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, Lincolnshire to the north-east, and Northamptonshire to the south-east.

Leicester is an English corruption of the Latin "a fort on the river Leire". The 12th Century writer William of Malmesbury referred to the Leire as the Legra.The name was first recorded in 1087 as Laegreceastrescir.

The highest point of the county is Bardon Hill at 278 metres (912 ft). The River Soar rises to the east of Hinckley, in the far south of the county, and flows northward through Leicester before emptying into the River Trent at the point where Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire meet.

Leicestershire has a long history of livestock farming which continues today. Robert Bakewell (farmer) (1725–1795) of Dishley, near Loughborough, was a revolutionary in the field of selective breeding. Bakewell's Leicester Longwool sheep was much prized by farmers across the British Empire and is today a heritage breed admired all over the world. Commercial and rare breeds associated with the descendants of Bakewell's sheep include the English Leicester, Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Scotch mule, and Welsh halfbred.

Leicester and Leicestershire has had a traditional industry of knitwear, hosiery and footwear, and the sheep on the county's coat of arms is recognition of this. The local manufacturing industry, which began with hand knitting in the Middle Ages, and was fully industrialized by the end of the 19th century.

The Districts of Leicestershire


  1. Charnwood
  2. Melton
  3. Harborough
  4. Oadby and Wigston
  5. Blaby
  6. Hinckley and Bosworth
  7. North West Leicestershire
  8. Leicester (Unitary)

Towns of Leicestershire

  • Ashby-de-la-Zouch - made famous by Sir Walter Scott in his Ivanhoe
  • Barrow upon Stour
  • Barwell
  • Birstall
  • Blaby
  • Castle Donington
  • Coalville
  • Earl Shilton
  • Enderby
  • Hinckley
  • Kegworth
  • Loughborough
  • Lutterworth - once an important stage coach stop.
  • Market Bosworth (Nearby is the the battlefield of Bosworth which ended the War of the Roses in 1485.
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Oadby
  • Shepshed
  • Wigston

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from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

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