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5 Things you may not have known about Leicester

by Rakhee Sahota, Aug 2018

After having their football club win the league at 5000/1 odds in 2016, Leicester has been somewhat in the public eye more so than they used to be. Many people used to think very little of Leicester, but there is actually much more to the city than meets the eye. Here are 5 things you may not have known about Leicester:

Leicester is the birthplace of modern Standard English

It was developed as a way for Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to communicate, rather than fight each other. This language now has over 2 billion speakers, with 400 million speaking it as their native tongue. Pretty impressive since it only began as a tool of arbitration!

Leicester is the birthplace of the package holiday

The one and only Thomas Cook was born in Leicester and organised the first ever package holiday to Loughborough on the 5th of July in 1841. The midlands are lovely that time of year! The company that now grosses £12 million annually had very humble beginnings.

Leicester has more traffic lights than any other city in the UK

The city has 358 functioning traffic lights throughout the city, with 162 at junctions and 196 at crossings. One councillor has suggested removing some of them in order to ease congestion. But is it worth having relatively bad traffic in order to hold a record? You decide.

Leicester is the burial place of King Richard III

But that’s not all there is to it. After being killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, he was brought back to the city to be buried. However, his burial place was lost and over the years everyone forgot about it. Until 2012, when his remains were found buried in a car park. He was properly identified and reburied in Leicester Cathedral in 2015. It is rumoured that his spirit still haunts the car park, reminding people that it’s free after three!

Leicester has the oldest established women’s football club

Established in 2004, Leicester Ladies FC in 2016 managed to get promoted back into the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division by winning 22 out of 22 games. The mens team, on the other hand, has been in the FA cup final four times now and has never won!