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The Illustrated History of Leicester's Suburbs

Christine Jordan

The Illustrated History of Leicester's Suburbs shows, through a fine selection of photographs from the Leicester Mercury and Leicestershire Record Office, how the countryside, farms and villages developed into the urban streets, residential areas, shopping districts and industrial estates that are so familiar today. In the course of the last 150 years, the outskirts of the city have been transformed in a way that would astonish Leicester residents of just a few generations ago.

In the time of a few generations, small villages on the periphery were absorbed by the city's expansion - by new industry, new housing, civic buildings, roads and amenities. But Christine Jordan shows how these villages retained an identity, and their names have lived on in the urban areas that surround the centre. The origins and development of districts as diverse as Aylestone, Braunstone, Stoneygate, Evington, Spinney Hills and Clarendon Park are recalled in her account, as are the stories of the many other communities that make up the modern city.

 

 


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