11 Facts About Leicestershire


Leicestershire takes its name from the city of Leicester located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county.

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Leicestershire was recorded in the Domesday Book in four wapentakes: Guthlaxton, Framland, Goscote, and Gartree.

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Leicestershire is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting as it is known today.

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Leicestershire was the last historic county of England to get a registered flag, the design being officiated in July 2021.

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Leicestershire has a long history of livestock farming which continues today.

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Vineyards in Leicestershire include Chevelswarde Vineyard, Welland Valley Vineyard, Eglantine and Rothley Wines .

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Leicestershire food exported abroad includes cheese from the Long Clawson dairy, which is sold in supermarkets in Canada and the United States via a network of distributors coordinated by Taunton-based company Somerdale.

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Leicester and Leicestershire has had a traditional industry of knitwear, hosiery and footwear, and the sheep on the county's coat of arms is recognition of this.

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Today Leicestershire companies focus on high quality clothing and speciality textiles.

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Leicestershire has three universities, the University of Leicester, Loughborough University and De Montfort University.

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Stores selling sheet music and musical instruments in Leicestershire include Music Junkie Ltd, Sona Rupa, Intasound Music Ltd and MH Music .

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