AB goes Walkabout: Leicester City

by Reedz on September 24, 2009

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Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England. It is the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. In 2004, the population of the city proper was estimated at 285,100, with 441,213 living in the wider Leicester Urban Area, making Leicester the most populous city in the East Midlands, the 10th most populous settlement in the United Kingdom.

Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in Leicester from its early settlement as Ratae Corieltauvorum, a Roman military outpost in a region inhabited by the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe. Following the demise of Roman society the early medieval Ratae Corieltauvorum is shrouded in obscurity, but when the settlement was captured by the Danes it became one of five fortified towns important to the Danelaw.

The name “Leicester” is thought to derive from the words castra of the “Ligore”, meaning a camp on the River Legro, an early name for the River Soar. Leicester appears in the Domesday Book as “Ledecestre”. Leicester continued to grow throughout the Early Modern period as a market town, although it was the Industrial Revolution that facilitated an unparalleled process of unplanned urbanisation in the area.

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Diwali’s gonna BIG here in Leicester!

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Urdu… a unifying language

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My “Home” Wall 🙂

Didi Damit September 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

hey Reeda, if you ever want to come down to London, contact me, I'll bring you around to potential photog places 🙂 Westminster is gorgeous at night!

Dean Kassim September 24, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I want 😛 hehehe.. asi asi aku ah 🙂 can can can???

Lemon Tee September 25, 2009 at 1:44 am

I was in Leicester in the late 90's, from the pictures it still looks the same.. Enjoy your time there and best of luck!! 🙂

anakbrunei September 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Wow late 90's huh? Well this place certainly has character and I would imagine in another decade, it will still have not changed much 🙂

Lemon Tee September 29, 2009 at 1:19 am

It's not a vibrant city, but just nice place to stay while you're studying. Since you love cooking, there will be a fresh fishes on the market every tuesday.. 🙂

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