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Leicester, England. UK TRAVEL VIDEO
In this video I show Leicester city center, Abbey Park, Leicester Abbey ruins (12th century) and Leicester Guildhall (1390). Leicestershire County
Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. Leicestershire County
The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest.
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73 Granby St, Leicester Leicestershire County
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Top Tourist Attractions in Leicester: Leicestershire County
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back nearly 2000 years.
The Roman city of Ratae Coritanorum (meaning ‘capital of Coritani’) was founded in AD 50 as a military settlement upon the Fosse Way Roman road in Leicestershire County.
The city was named after the Corieltauvi, the Celtic tribe that dwelt in the area before the Romans arrived.
Ratae Coritanorum grew into an important trading and military centre and one of the largest towns in Roman Britain.
The Roman town was largely abandoned when the Romans left Britain in the 5th century, but was later re-settled by Saxons.
In the 9th century, Leicester was captured by the Danes (Vikings) and became one of the five boroughs (fortified towns) of Danelaw, although this position was short lived.
The Saxon Bishop of Leicester fled to Dorchester-on-Thames and Leicester was not to become a bishopric again until the 20th century.
Leicester had become a town of considerable importance by Medieval times. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘civitas’ (city), but Leicester lost its city status in the 11th century owing to power struggles between the Church and the aristocracy. It was eventually re-made a city in 1919, and the Church of St Martin became Leicester Cathedral in 1927.
King Richard III
The tomb of King Richard III is located in the central nave of the church although according to local tradition he is not actually buried there.
He was originally buried in the Greyfriars Church in Leicester, but his corpse was exhumed under orders from Henry VII and cast into the River Soar.
Leicester played a significant role in the history of England, when in 1265 Simon de Montfort forced King Henry III to hold the first parliament of England at the now-ruined Leicester Castle.
With the construction of the Grand Union Canal in the 1790s linking Leicester to London and Birmingham, Leicester began rapid industrialisation.
The main industries being hosiery, footwear and engineering, all are however in decline now.
By 1832 railways had arrived in Leicester with the opening of the Leicester and Swannington Railway, which provided a supply of coal to the town from nearby collieries.
By 1840 the Midland Counties Railway had linked Leicester to the national railway network, which further boosted industrial growth.
The Great Central Railway arrived in 1900, providing an alternative route to London. However this closed in 1966.
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