Leicester, Leicester City, Simon de Montfort

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Leicester’s tourist attractions, shopping, eating out etc at Visit Leicester.

Leicester, Jewry Wall, Jewry Wall Museum, Roman brickwork
‘The Jewry Wall is authentic Roman brickwork opposite… the Jewry Wall Museum. Without Richard III and Claudio, it would be a much better-known jewel in the city’s crown’

Belgrave Mela
Jewry Wall Museum (Closed for refurbishment)
King Richard III Visitor Centre
National Space Centre
New Walk Museum & Gallery
Leicester Castle
Leicester Cathedral
National Gas Museum
Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“Its very name is self-effacing. The ‘-cester’ suffix indicates strong Roman credentials and some towns would have milked that down the centuries. Not Leicester. Even the pronunciation of its name conceals the Latin element (except among puzzled Americans: ‘Lie-Sestuh’). The ‘c’ is silent and any echo of marching legions shuffles into the nearest fosse.”
“After the Princes in the Tower episode, Richard of York was hardly a man to be left alone anywhere near a Child Protection department.”
“Haunting Prince Rupert’s Gateway is the legend of Black Agnes, the ‘black’ describing her deeds and not her face, which was blue. What shade of blue? The legend is silent on this detail, but if her face were the electric blue of a mandril’s, what colour might Black Agnes’ backside have been?”
These are taken from the Leicester chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email info@townsof2halves.co.uk.