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30 Amazing Facts about Leicester

30 amazing facts about leicester

We absolutely love having apartments to rent in Leicester because of all the great stuff there is to see and do here – but if you need to know why you should live in this historic county, check out these amazing facts about Leicester!

Set in the heart of England, Leicester is the 10th largest city in the UK – even bigger than Nottingham and Newcastle! It’s also one of the oldest cities in the UK, boasting a history that goes back 2,000 years.

We are proud to call this city home, because it is absolutely exploding with history, culture, arts, entertainment, sporting prowess, outstanding natural beauty and some other great things to enjoy. Take a look at just a few of the facts:

Leicester – steeped in history

You can’t talk about Leicester’s history without mentioning King Richard III, who spent his last night in Leicester before being killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The body of King Richard III was brought back to Leicester after he was cut down in battle and his skeleton was recently discovered under a car park in Leicester city centre.

The remains of King Richard III were even more recently re-interred in a ceremony at Leicester Cathedral which followed a huge procession through the county.

Other historic facts include the following:

  • Jewry Wall, next to St Nicholas’s Church in the city centre, is the tallest single piece of Roman masonry in the country.
  • Leicester was named Britain’s first environment city.
  • Leicester boasts Britain’s first mainland radio station – BBC Radio Leicester – which first broadcast in 1967.
  • The Elephant Man, AKA Joseph Merrick, came from Leicester, making his first appearance at the Gaiety Theatre in Wharf Street which was only relatively recently demolished.
  • Anyone over the age of 40 will remember The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. It was the biggest selling British book of the 1980s and was set in Leicester.

Leicester’s sporting history

  • Leicester has some fine sporting prowess to be proud of, in the form of premiership super sides Leicester City Football Club and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.
  • Leicester City were crowned champions of the Premier League of English football after the 2015/16 season for the first time in club history.
  • The club also holds the joint record for the most second-tier title triumphs, having won the First Division six times.
  • Since it was formed, LCFC has spent only one season outside of the top two tiers in England. When they entered League 1 in 2008/2009 they left pretty soon afterwards, having won the title in the process.
  • Moving on to Rugby Union, Leicester Tigers was founded in 1880 and has gone on to become one of the most successful and well-known rugby clubs in the world.
  • Despite the world renowned red, white and green that the Tigers play in today, their original club colours were in fact black.
  • The oldest established women’s football club in the country is Leicester City Ladies FC which has been around for over 50 years.
  • As well as rugby and football, Leicester is also very famous for its basketball team – the Leicester Riders – which is the oldest in Britain.

The English language

The phrase ‘Painting the Town Red’ originated in Leicester when Henry de la Poer Beresford, third marquess of Waterford, who had arrived for hunting season, stole a load of red paint from the Melton turnpike for a laugh and coated half the town.

Staying on the subject of language, Leicester is also home of the ‘chisit’ – a nickname given to the people of Leicester, because of the phrase “How much is it?” – which in the Leicester accent sounds like “I’m a chisit!”

Leicester folk are also referred to as Rat-Eyes – (because of the Roman name for the city – Ratae Corieltauvorum) or Bin Dippers (because of the LCFC Foxes).

Despite the delightful names above, Leicester is actually considered to be the birthplace of modern English, as it was a form of communication created here to allow the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to understand one another.

Heritage

  • Leicestershire is the only place in the world where you can see steam trains pass each other, like they used to historically. The Great Central Railway starts in Loughborough and travels to Birstall.
  • Leicester was also the birthplace of the father of the package holiday, Thomas Cook – and the first ever package tour took place from Leicester to Loughborough in 1841. (Rumour has it that the train journey was even quicker than it is today!)
  • Leicester is renowned for its diversity and vibrant culture. It plays host to the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India each year, as well as the Caribbean Carnival and Leicester Pride.
  • It’s also the home of Walkers Crisps – a snack which is recognised the world over.

Additional Leicester tourist attractions

  • Leicester is home to the National Space Centre – one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions.
  • Leicester Market is the biggest covered outdoor market in Europe – in fact, football favourite Gary Lineker’s family had a well loved stall on Leicester Market for many years.
  • One of Leicester’s most beautiful areas of natural beauty is Bradgate Park which houses “Old John” – a prominent folly lying on top of the park’s highest hill which can be seen from all over Leicester on a sunny day.

The benefits of being a Queen Street resident

So, now you’ve heard details of some of the amazing facts about Leicester, how about having the chance to live in this lovely city by renting state of the art accommodation through a private landlord?

The Queen Street Apartments are based in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, which means you’re only a short walk away from the amazing arts and entertainment within this historic, yet sympathetically modernised and massively popular, part of the city.

From the fantastic bars and restaurants, to the cultural delights of the Curve Theatre and Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre – you’ll never be short of a place to stroll to for a great night out.

Having said that, the Queen Street Apartments complex comes with its own heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness suite which means residents also enjoy the very best facilities in their own home, whenever they’re looking for a relaxing night in.

Nothing beats the chance to embrace everything about Leicestershire, while having a welcoming and attractive home to return to at the end of the day.

We’ve also done our best to fully modernise our facilities, with our very own concierge app, which means you can get your laundry, housekeeping, cleaning and dry cleaning sorted at just the touch of a button. It even has an online shop and moving services facility.

Make the most of modern living in the heart of this amazing city by renting a beautifully decorated studio, one or two bedroom apartment with us. Get in touch to arrange a viewing and find out more.

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