Richard the III Cheese and Foxhunting
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. It takes its name from the City of Leicester. Leicestershire was first recorded in the Domesday Book. It was in 1087, that the first recorded use of the name was as Laegrecastrescir. The counties external boundaries have changed little since the Domesday Survey.
The county is full of interest and for the history buff its links to Richard III and the battle of Bosworth Field which is in Leicestershire has to be on the list of places to visit. In august each year the Bosworth visitor centre holds a re-enactment of the battle complete with medieval displays of weapons, dress and lifestyle.
Leicestershire is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting as it is known today. Hugo Meynell, who lived in Quorn, is known as the father of fox hunting. Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough have associations with fox hunting, as has neighbouring Rutland.
Leicestershire has a long history of livestock farming which continues today and is known worldwide for the excellent breeds of sheep that were developed here. Food lovers will know Stilton, Red Leicester cheese, and the pork pie are three of Leicestershire's most famous contributions to English cuisine.
A recent historical highlight occurred in 2012 when the body of King Richard III was unearthed beneath a city centre car park, as the last English king he was interred in Leicester cathedral.
Towns in leicestershire
Activities in leicestershire
King Richard III Visitor Centre - Richard III the last Plantagenet King
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