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  • 1 St Martin's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    7 Peacock Lane

    The first St Martin's was Norman. The church that replaced it is Early English with a Perpendicular clerestory. Note the Robert Herrick family memorials in the north choir aisle dating back to 1589, the Richard III memorial stone in the chancel and t..

  • 2 St Mary de Castro Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. Castle

    The shadowy and attractive interior goes back to 1107. The sedilia is the best example of Norman work. The south wing and tower are 13C and the chancel roof 14C.

  • 3 Museum and Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    53 New Walk

    An excellent collection of English painters including Gainsborough, Wright of Derby, Lawrence, Hogarth, Rossetti, Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight and L.S. Lowry and the country's largest collection of German Expressionist works.

  • 4 Jewry Wall and Archeology Museum

    Museums and art

    53 New Walk

    The Archeology Museum, standing on the site where the Roman Baths were discovered, contains some fine Roman remains, including two beautiful mosaics, the Blackfriars Mosaic and the Peacock Pavement.

  • 5 St Nicholas

    Religious buildings

    St Nicholas Circle

    The oldest church in Leicester was begun in late Saxon times using old Roman bricks. The present length of the church dates from this period (note the small windows in the nave and sanctuary wall). The tower is 11 and 12C and was restored in 1905; th..

  • 6 Guildhall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Guildhall Lane

    The oldest part of the Guildhall was built in the 14C and the remainder in the 16C. It was the site of the last stand of the Leicester Parliamentarians during the Civil War. The building contains one of the earliest public libraries in England.

  • 7 Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Yard

    The Great Hall, which dates from 1150, is now hidden behind the façade of the Law Courts, built in 1695. The Turreted Gateway (1423), gutted during riots in 1832, leads into the Newarke ("new work"), a walled extension added to the castle f..

  • 8 Trinity Hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 bd. Western

    The hospital was founded in 1331 as an almshouse within The Newarke, much of it was rebuilt in the early 20C as an old people's home. The chapel is said to contain the grave of Mary Bohun (d 1394), the mother of Henry V.

  • 9 Newarke Houses Museum

    Museums and art

    The Newarke

    The Leicestershire Museum of Social History is located in two 16C houses.

  • 10 Abbey

    Religious buildings

    Abbey Park. St Margaret's Way

    Founded in 1132, it became the second richest abbey in England. It was here that the dying Cardinal Wolsey, a cardinal under Henry VIII, an "old man, broken with the storms of state" came in 1530. At the Reformation, it was demolished and t..

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