Monday 29 February 2016
Leicester is situated on the River Soar at the edge of the National Forest. I has recently benefitted from a lot of publicity around the discovery of the remains of King Richard III which has also resulted in much funding and renewed interest in the city as a tourist destination.
Leicester gets its name from Ligora or Legora, an earlier name for the River Soar. The city is called Ledecestre when it appears in the Domesday Book. The city developed as a market town and thrived under the Industrial Revolution. It is one of the oldest cities in England.
The Leicester Guildhall by the Cathedral dates from the 14th century. The end of the War of the Roses with the death of King Richard III at Bosworth resulted in a hasty burial of the King at Greyfriars Church which later was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries under Hentry VIII. The burial place might have been lost forever but in 2012 his remains were discovered under a council car park and he was reburied again in 2015.
Leicester today is a culturally diverse city with some fine examples of architecture, a host of good restaurants and cafe bars with good shopping facilities.
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