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“Professional & prompt
From initial enquiry with problem heating. Engineer arrived on time. Explained what would happen and kept us informed throughout the process. Professional job and gave us tips on how to get the best from our heating.”
Customer in Leicestershire
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Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county is bounded to the north by Nottinghamshire, to the north-east by Lincolnshire, to the east by Rutland, to the south-east by Northamptonshire, to the south-west by Warwickshire, to the west by Staffordshire, and to the north-west by Derbyshire. Watling Street, the modern A5 road, forms the border with the majority of Warwickshire.
Leicestershire is named after the city of Leicester, which is located in the county’s center and is administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county – the non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester – has a total population of just over 1 million (2016 estimate), with the city of Leicester accounting for more than half of that figure.
Leicestershire was divided into four wapentakes in the Domesday Book: Guthlaxton, Framland, Goscote, and Gartree. With the division of Goscote into West Goscote and East Goscote, and the addition of Sparkenhoe hundred, these later became hundreds. The name was first recorded as Lgrecastrescir in 1087.
Leicestershire’s external boundaries have remained relatively unchanged since the Domesday Survey. The Derbyshire exclave of Measham-Donisthorpe has been exchanged for the Netherseal area, and Market Harborough’s urban expansion has resulted in the annexation of Little Bowden, which was previously in Northamptonshire.
The Local Government Act 1972 abolished Leicester city’s county borough status, as well as the county status of neighboring Rutland, in 1974, converting both to administrative districts of Leicestershire. When Rutland and the City of Leicester became unitary authorities on April 1, 1997, these actions were reversed. Rutland was reestablished as a separate Ceremonial County, though it is still policed by Leicestershire Constabulary.
The fox is the county council’s, Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s, and Leicester City FC’s symbol. Leicestershire is regarded as the birthplace of fox hunting as we know it today. Hugo Meynell, who lived in Quorn, is widely regarded as the “Father of Fox Hunting.” Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough, as well as neighboring Rutland, have a history with fox hunting.
Leicestershire was the last historic county in England to have a registered flag, with the design being officially unveiled in July 2021. The new flag depicts a fox and a cinquefoil, both of which are commonly associated with Leicestershire.
The River Soar, along with its tributaries and canalisations, is the county’s main river basin, though the River Avon and River Welland run through Harborough and along the county’s southern borders. The Soar rises between Hinckley and Lutterworth, near the Warwickshire border, and flows northwards, bisecting the county along its north–south axis, through ‘Greater’ Leicester, and then to the east of Loughborough, where its course within the county ends. It continues north in the Borough of Rushcliffe for about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) before joining the River Trent at the point where Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire meet.
The geographical center of England is located in Leicestershire, near Fenny Drayton in the county’s southwest. The Ordnance Survey calculated in 2013 that the point was on land at Lindley Hall Farm; Meriden, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the southwest, had been considered the traditional center for more than 500 years.
A large portion of the county’s northwestern region, centered on Coalville, is now part of the new National Forest area that extends into Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The county’s highest point is Bardon Hill at 278 m (912 ft), which is also a Marilyn; other hilly/upland areas of c. 150–200 metres (490–660 ft) and above can be found in nearby Charnwood Forest and to the east of the county around Launde Abbey. The county’s lowest point, at an elevation of about 20 metres (66 feet), is near Bottesford, where the River Devon flows through the Vale of Belvoir from Leicestershire into Nottinghamshire.  This results in an altitude differential (A|vertical) of approximately 257.5 metres (845 feet) and a mean altitude of 148.75 metres (488.0 ft).
Engineering has long been an important part of the Leicestershire economy. John Taylor Bellfounders continues a tradition of bellfounding in Loughborough that dates back to the 14th century. In 1881, John Taylors cast “Great Paul,” Britain’s largest bell, for St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Since 1825, Norman & Underwood has been producing sand cast sheet lead roofing and stained glass for many of England’s major cathedrals and historic structures, including Salisbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, and Chatsworth House. From the 1820s to 1986, Coalville had three coal mines operating. The Abbey Pumping Station is home to four massive steam-powered beam engines built in Leicester in the 1890s in the Vulcan factory owned by Josiah Gimson, whose son Ernest Gimson was an influential furniture designer and architect of the English arts and crafts movement.
Today’s engineering firms include sports car manufacturers Noble Automotive Ltd in Barwell and Ultima Sports Ltd in Hinckley, Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley, Jones & Shipman (machine tools), Caterpillar Redford (plant machinery), Plant manufacturers Metalfacture Ltd (sheet metal work), Richards Engineering (foundry equipment), Transmon Engineering (materials handling equipment), Trelleborg Industrial AVS in Beaumont Leys (industrial suspension components), Parker Plant (quarry equipment), Trelleborg Industrial AVS in Beaumont Apprenticeship programs with local companies, as well as academic-industrial connections with engineering departments at Leicester University, De Montfort University, and Loughborough University, demonstrate the local commitment to developing the next generation of British engineers.
Loughborough University is home to the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre and the Centre for Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies. PERA, a technology-based consultancy in Melton Mowbray, and MIRA, an automotive research and development center on the outskirts of Hinckley, are two examples of private sector R&D organizations. Automotive and aerospace engineers use the Mallory Park test facilities, as well as the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome and proving ground. The last airworthy Avro Vulcan was flown from Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on October 18, 2007, after ten years of restoration by aerospace engineers from the Vulcan Operating Company.
A sheep field near Stoke Golding
Leicestershire has a long history of livestock farming that is still practiced today. Robert Bakewell (1725–1795) of Dishley, near Loughborough, was a pioneer in selective breeding. Bakewell’s Leicester Longwool sheep was highly valued by farmers throughout the British Empire and is now regarded as a heritage breed. The English Leicester, Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Scotch mule, and Welsh halfbred are commercial and rare breeds associated with the descendants of Bakewell’s sheep.
The Leicestershire County Show is held each year on the first Bank Holiday in May and includes animal shows, trade exhibitions, and show jumping. Melton Mowbray Market is an important livestock market in the region.
Field sports continue to be an important part of Leicestershire’s rural economy, with stables, kennels, and gunsmiths based in the county.
Food and beverages
Leicestershire’s most famous contributions to English cuisine are Stilton and Red Leicester cheeses, as well as the pork pie.
Claybrooke Mill, one of the very few commercially working watermills left in Britain, produces a range of over 40 flours; Brockleby’s meat from rare and minority breeds; and Seldom Seen Farm’s Christmas turkey and goose. Long Clawson and the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company are the county’s two dairies that make Red Leicester cheese.
Belvoir Fruit Farms produces all-natural non-alcoholic fruit cordials and pressed drinks, which are sold in supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom. The Charnwood hills provide the source of Swithland Spring Water. The Leicester CAMRA website lists breweries in Leicestershire and Rutland. Everards is the county’s largest beer brewer, and there are several microbreweries throughout the county, including Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby, Parish Brewery in Burrough on the Hill, Wicked Hathern Brewery in Loughborough, the Gas Dog Brewery in Somerby near Melton, Ellis Wood brewery in Hinckley, and the Pig Pub Brewery in Claybrooke Magna near Lutterworth. Chevelswarde Vineyard (Lutterworth), Welland Valley Vineyard (Market Harborough), Eglantine (Loughborough), and Rothley Wines are among the vineyards in Leicestershire (Rothley). Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin is a distinctively flavorful liqueur.
Throughout the county, various markets are held. Leicester Market is Europe’s largest outdoor covered marketplace, with market stallholders selling fruit and vegetables and fresh fish and meat in the Indoor Market.
In 2007, the East Midlands Food & Drink Festival in Melton Mowbray attracted over 200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, making it the largest British regional food festival.
Pukka Pies, a popular British fish and chip shop pie, is based in Syston and produces food in the city and county. Walkers Midshire Foods, a subsidiary of Samworth Brothers, manufactures sausages and pies in its Beaumont Leys facilities. Samworth Brothers operates in Leicestershire and Cornwall (Ginsters), producing a variety of products ranging from sandwiches to desserts for UK retailers as well as the company’s own portfolio of brands such as Dickinson & Morris, producers of pork pies and Melton Hunt Cake. Walkers crisps are made in Beaumont Leys, England, with Lincolnshire potatoes. United Biscuits has a distribution center in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, as well as a snacks factory that produces brands like Hula Hoops, Skips, Nik Naks, and Space Raiders, and a biscuit factory in Wigston. The Melton Mowbray factory of Masterfoods UK manufactures petfood for brands such as Cesar, Kitekat, PAL, Pedigree, Sheba, Whiskas, Aquarian, and Trill. Chocolate Perfection in Ashby-de-la-Zouch makes handcrafted chocolates.
Leicester is home to 15 major Indian food manufacturers, including Sara Foods, Mayur Foods, Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Farsan, Apni Roti, and Spice n Tice. The ‘Mithai’ Indian sweet market is catered for by award-winning Indian restaurants, such as The Sharmilee on Belgrave Road in Leicester’s Belgrave area, which sells vegetable samosas approved by the Vegetarian Society. Long-standing local businesses have benefited from the growing market for Indian food. For example, the Long Clawson dairy, a co-operative manufacturer of Stilton (cheese), now also produces Paneer cheese, which is used in the Indian dish Mattar Paneer.
Cheese from the Long Clawson dairy, for example, is sold in supermarkets in Canada and the United States through a network of distributors coordinated by the Taunton-based company Somerdale. Belvoir Fruit Farms cordials and pressé drinks are available on the east coast of the United States in Wegmans Food Markets, World Market, Harris Teeter, Dean & DeLuca, as well as specialized British food stores such as Myers of Keswick (New York City) and the British Pantry (near Washington, D.C.).
Leicestershire & Rutland Restaurant of the Year, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Service, Best Newcomer, Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Value for Money, Best Drinks/Wine List, Best Local Produce Menu, Best Gastro Pub, Best Neighbourhood Restaurant, Best Business Lunch, and Leicestershire & Rutland Young Chef of the Year are all categories in the annual Leicestershire & Rutland Restaurant Awards.
Leicester and Leicestershire have a long history of producing knitwear, hosiery, and footwear, and the sheep on the county coat of arms is a nod to this. The local manufacturing industry, which began with hand knitting in the Middle Ages and was fully industrialized by the end of the 19th century, survived until the end of the 20th century thanks to retailers buying UK-sourced products and government measures such as the Multi Fibre Arrangement, which expired in 2004. Cheaper global competition, combined with a slump in the UK fashion retail sector in 1999, resulted in the demise of much of the cheaper clothing manufacturing industry. Leicestershire businesses now specialize in high-quality clothing and specialty textiles. Pantherella, for example, manufactures socks at their Hallaton Street factory off Saffron Lane and sells them in high-end department stores around the world, including Harrods, Selfridges, and John Lewis in the UK and Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus in the US.
Other local businesses, such as Commando Knitwear of Wigston, produce knitwear, while others specialize in technical textiles for industrial or medical applications. Clothing and fabric for the British Asian community are manufactured here; for example, the shop Saree Mandir sells silk sarees and salwar suits for women, with designs that closely follow contemporary Indian trends. The Knitting Industries Federation is still headquartered in Leicestershire. On the creative front, Next’s design center is in Enderby, and George Clothing’s (Asda/Walmart) design center is in Lutterworth. De Montfort University has a leading design department for female underwear through its Fashion and Contour Design course. It also has the only University courses in Footwear Design in the UK, which provide future designers for local shoemakers Shoefayre, Stead and Simpson, and Shoe Zone, all of which have their headquarters in the county.
The county is also the origin of Gola.
Leicestershire Healthcare is the main article.
Hospitals affiliated with universities Leicester NHS Trust employs approximately 11,000 people across three hospitals in the city and county: Glenfield, General, and Royal Infirmary. Partnership for Leicestershire The NHS Trust employs over 5,500 people in the city and county to provide mental health, learning disability, and community health services. These services are funded by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, which are led by local GPs. Leicestershire is home to the British Psychological Society, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).
Industries related to biomedicine
3M, Bridgehead International in Melton, Fisher Scientific in Loughborough, and Ashfield Healthcare in Ashby-de-la-Zouch are among the companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical instruments.