50 Gems of Leicestershire & Rutland

The History & Heritage of the Most Iconic Places

Series: 50 Gems

Publication Date15th July 2021

Book FormatPaperback





A superb collection of 50 favourite and lesser-known locations that reflect Leicestershire and Rutland’s history, cultural essence and scenic splendour.
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Leicestershire is a fascinating and diverse county. Its countryside, market towns and historic buildings attract large numbers of visitors. Place names show evidence of Roman, Saxon and Norman settlement. The Normans built castles and churches and although the castles are now in ruins, Leicestershire has some of the most beautiful parish churches in the country. The Tudor era was born in Leicestershire when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485. Centuries later, in 2012, an ambitious excavation project uncovered the remains of Richard III under the site of a Leicester car park, and these have since been reinterred in the city’s cathedral. Some of the canals and railways created in Leicestershire during the Industrial Revolution have become popular heritage sites, and the county is also known for its Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, which are famous throughout the world.

Rutland is England’s smallest county and for a time was incorporated into its much larger neighbour of Leicestershire. Its motto is ‘Much in Little’ and this small shire has been described as ‘a scenic slice of Middle England bursting with things to see and do’.

In 50 Gems of Leicestershire & Rutland, local author Michael Smith highlights some of his favourite places from both counties. He has selected those locations and sites which give the visitor a real flavour of these shires at the heart of England. Included are historic buildings, parks, open spaces, events and festivals which reflect Leicestershire and Rutland’s rich heritage and diverse cultures. From the River Soar meandering through a thousand years of history to the vast expanse of Rutland Water and from Bronze Age to Jet Age monuments, this is a wonderful illustrated insight into these counties.
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