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Historical interest: Leicester

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Leicester has had a very turbulent past. Leicester was originally an important Roman military centre, at the junction of the Fosse Way and the road from Colchester to the centre of the country. In the 11th century, although already known as a city, Leicester lost its city status during the struggle between the Church and the aristocracy. For the next 800 years Leicester was simply known as a town, although it was one of the most important places in Britain in terms of wealth, trade and religion.

The town remained small and was confined within the medieval walls, with the Castle, the Newarke, Blackfriars and White Friars as extra-parochial areas outside the jurisdiction of the town. The medieval Guild of Corpus Christi (founded in 1343) and the Church remained strong, with Leicester Abbey a major monastic foundation to the north of St Margaret's Parish. All the villages that are now part of Leicester's suburbs - Belgrave, Evington, Knighton, Aylestone, Braunstone and Beaumont Leys - were completely separate at this time.

Transport links were always poor. The River Soar was not navigable, as it was too small and shallow. This made the import and export of goods very difficult, though this was partially solved by the construction of the Soar Navigation in the 1790s, first to Loughborough and then to Leicester. Gradually it was extended southwards to join up with the Grand Union Canal. In 1832, the Swannington to Leicester Railway enabled coal to be brought into the city at low cost and the Midland Counties Railway with its original station in Campbell Street followed in the 1840s.

The spread of steam power enabled factories to be established, especially along the riverside. A large number of factories grew, with a focus on engineering and the manufacture of boots and shoes and of hosiery and knitwear. After much lobbying, city status was finally restored by King George V at the end of the WWI.

After WWII, there has been a major social change within the population structure of Leicester. Citizens immigrating form other countries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean, now form a large percentage of the city's population. This has created a multi-cultural environmental adding a new dimension to business and life in Leicester.

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Leicester Stage Hotel

Comfort Inn Hinckley North

Express by Holiday Inn Leicester Walkers Stadium

Holiday Inn Leicester - West

Ramada Jarvis Leicester

Time Out Hotel

Holiday Inn

Travelodge Leicester - Markfield

Days Inn Leicester

Hilton Leicester

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