History of Leicester's Suburbs
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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