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Leicestershire
Leicestershire
(/ˈlɛstərʃər, -ʃɪər/ ( listen); abbreviation Leics.) is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
to the north, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
to the north-east, Rutland
Rutland
to the east, Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
to the south-east, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
to the south-west, Staffordshire
Staffordshire
to the west, and Derbyshire
Derbyshire
to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
is Watling Street
Watling Street
(the A5). Leicestershire
Leicestershire
takes its name from the city of Leicester
Leicester
(unitary authority) located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county (non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester) has a total population of just over 1 million (2016 estimate), more than half of which (c. 50%–65%) lives in 'Greater Leicester' (Leicester's built-up area).

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Economy

4.1 Engineering 4.2 Farming 4.3 Food and drink 4.4 Clothing 4.5 Healthcare 4.6 Biomedical industries 4.7 Freight and distribution 4.8 Other 4.9 Financial and business services 4.10 Business awards 4.11 Statistics

5 Politics & local government

5.1 Parliamentary constituencies 5.2 County council

6 Education

6.1 GCSE results by district council 6.2 Independent schools 6.3 Further education 6.4 Higher education 6.5 Educational associations 6.6 Sporting associations

7 Music

7.1 Symphony orchestras 7.2 Amateur orchestras 7.3 Choirs and choral societies 7.4 Early music 7.5 Music shops

8 Towns and villages 9 Places of interest 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Leicestershire Leicestershire
Leicestershire
was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
in four wapentakes: Guthlaxton, Framland, Goscote and Gartree. These later became hundreds, with the division of Goscote into West Goscote and East Goscote, and the addition of Sparkenhoe hundred. In 1087, the first recorded use of the name was as Laegrecastrescir. Leicestershire's external boundaries have changed little since the Domesday Survey. The Measham- Donisthorpe
Donisthorpe
exclave of Derbyshire
Derbyshire
has been exchanged for the Netherseal
Netherseal
area, and the urban expansion of Market Harborough
Harborough
has caused Little Bowden, previously in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
to be annexed. In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
abolished the county borough status of Leicester
Leicester
city and the county status of neighbouring Rutland, converting both to administrative districts of Leicestershire. These actions were reversed on 1 April 1997, when Rutland
Rutland
and the City of Leicester
Leicester
became unitary authorities. Rutland became a distinct Ceremonial County
Ceremonial County
once again, although it continues to be policed by Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Constabulary. The symbol of the county council, Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Cricket Club and Leicester
Leicester
City FC, is the fox. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting as it is known today. Hugo Meynell, who lived in Quorn, is known as the father of fox hunting. Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough
Harborough
have associations with fox hunting, as has neighbouring Rutland. Leicestershire, Hampshire, and Herefordshire
Herefordshire
are the only three English counties lacking a registered flag.[1] A design was proposed for Leicestershire
Leicestershire
in 2017 based on symbols associated with the county – a fox and a cinquefoil.[2] Geography[edit]

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Location map of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and major towns/cities

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The River Soar
River Soar
together with its tributaries and canalisations constitutes the principal river basin of the county, although the River Avon and River Welland
River Welland
through Harborough
Harborough
and along the county's southern boundaries are also significant. The Soar rises between Hinckley
Hinckley
and Lutterworth, towards the south of the county near the Warwickshire
Warwickshire
border, and flows northwards, bisecting the county along its north/south axis, through 'Greater' Leicester
Leicester
and then to the east of Loughborough
Loughborough
where its course within the county comes to an end. It continues north marking the boundary with Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
for some 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) before joining the River Trent
River Trent
at the point where Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
meet. A large part of the north-west of the county, around Coalville, forms part of the new National Forest area extending into Derbyshire
Derbyshire
and Staffordshire. The highest point of the county is Bardon Hill
Bardon Hill
at 278 metres (912 ft), which is also a Marilyn; with other upland areas (200m+) in neighbouring Charnwood Forest
Charnwood Forest
and also to the east of the county around Launde Abbey. The lowest point is about 25 metres (82 ft), north of Bottesford where the River Devon
Devon
flows through the Vale of Belvoir where it leaves Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and enters Nottinghamshire.[3] Demographics[edit] See also: List of settlements in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
by population

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The population of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
(excluding Leicester
Leicester
Unitary Authority) is 609,578 people (2001 census).[4] The county covers an area of 2,084 km2 (804 sq mi). Its largest population centre is the city of Leicester, followed by the town of Loughborough. Other large towns include Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby, Wigston
Wigston
and Lutterworth. Some of the larger of villages are:Burbage (population estimated around 16,500 2014) Birstall (population 11,400 in 2004), Broughton Astley, Castle Donington, Kibworth Beauchamp (along with Kibworth Harcourt), Great Glen, Ibstock, Countesthorpe
Countesthorpe
and Kegworth. One of the most rapidly expanding villages is Anstey, which has recently seen a large number of development schemes. The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Leicester
Leicester
of 279,921, a 0.5% decrease from the 1991 census.[5] Approximately 62,000 were aged under 16, 199,000 were aged 16–74, and 19,000 aged 75 and over.[5] 76.9% of Leicester's population claim they have been born in the UK, according to the 2001 UK Census. Mid-year estimates for 2006 indicate that the population of the City of Leicester
Leicester
stood at 289,700 making Leicester
Leicester
the most populous city in East Midlands.[6] The population density is 3,814/km2 (9,880/sq mi)[7] and for every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. Of those aged 16–74 in Leicester, 38.5% had no academic qualifications, significantly higher than 28.9% in all of England.[8] 23.0% of Leicester's residents were born outside of the United Kingdom, more than double than the English average of 9.2%.[9] Economy[edit]

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Engineering[edit] Engineering has long been an important part of the economy of Leicestershire. John Taylor Bellfounders
John Taylor Bellfounders
continues a history of bellfounding in Loughborough
Loughborough
since the 14th century. In 1881 John Taylors cast the largest bell in Britain, "Great Paul", for St Paul's Cathedral in London. Norman & Underwood have been making sand cast sheet lead roofing and stained glass since 1825 working on many of England's major cathedrals and historic buildings, including Salisbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, and Chatsworth House. There were three coal mines that operated in Coalville
Coalville
from the 1820s until 1986. Abbey Pumping Station
Abbey Pumping Station
houses four enormous steam powered beam engines built in Leicester
Leicester
in the 1890s in the Vulcan factory owned by Josiah Gimson, whose son Ernest Gimson
Ernest Gimson
was an influential furniture designer and architect of the English arts and crafts movement. Engineering companies today include sports car makers Noble Automotive Ltd in Barwell
Barwell
and Ultima Sports
Ultima Sports
Ltd in Hinckley, Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley, Jones & Shipman (machine tools), Metalfacture Ltd (sheet metal work), Richards Engineering (foundry equipment), Transmon Engineering (materials handling equipment), Trelleborg Industrial AVS in Beaumont Leys
Beaumont Leys
(industrial suspension components), Parker Plant (quarrying equipment), Aggregate Industries UK (construction materials), Infotec in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
(electronic information display boards), Alstec in Whetstone, Leicestershire
Whetstone, Leicestershire
(airport baggage handling systems), and Brush Traction
Brush Traction
(railway locomotives) in Loughborough. Local commitment to nurturing the upcoming cadre of British engineers includes apprenticeship schemes with local companies, and academic-industrial connections with the engineering departments at Leicester
Leicester
University, De Montfort University, and Loughborough
Loughborough
University. The Systems Engineering Innovation Centre and Centre for Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies are both based at Loughborough
Loughborough
University. Private sector research and development organisations include PERA – the technology based consultancy in Melton Mowbray, and MIRA – the automotive research and development centre based on the outskirts of Hinckley. Automotive and aerospace engineers use the test facilities at Mallory Park, and Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome and proving ground. On 18 October 2007, the last airworthy Avro Vulcan
Avro Vulcan
was flown from Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
after 10 years of restoration there by aerospace engineers of the Vulcan Operating Company. Farming[edit]

A field of sheep near Stoke Golding

Leicestershire
Leicestershire
has a long history of livestock farming which continues today. Robert Bakewell (1725–1795) of Dishley, near Loughborough, was a revolutionary in the field of selective breeding. Bakewell's Leicester
Leicester
Longwool sheep was much prized by farmers across the British Empire and is today a heritage breed admired.[10] Commercial and rare breeds associated with the descendants of Bakewell's sheep include the English Leicester, Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Scotch mule, and Welsh halfbred. The Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Show is held on the first Bank Holiday in May each year and includes animal showings, trade exhibitions, and show jumping. Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray
Market is an important regional livestock market. Field Sports remain an important part of the rural economy of Leicestershire, with stables, kennels, and gunsmiths based in the county. Food and drink[edit] Stilton and Red Leicester
Leicester
cheeses and the pork pie are the three most famous contributions to English cuisine
English cuisine
from Leicestershire. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
food producers include Claybrooke mill one of the very few commercially working watermills left in Britain producing a range of over 40 flours, meat from rare and minority breeds from Brockleby's, Christmas turkey and goose from Seldom Seen Farm. Two dairies produce Red Leicester
Leicester
cheese in the county, Long Clawson and the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Handmade Cheese Company. All natural non-alcoholic fruit cordials and presse drinks are made by Belvoir Fruit Farms and sold in supermarkets across Britain. Swithland Spring Water is sourced from the Charnwood hills. Breweries in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland
Rutland
are listed on the Leicester
Leicester
CAMRA website.[11] The county's largest beer brewer is Everards, and there are several microbreweries such as Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby, Parish Brewery in Burrough on the Hill, Wicked Hathern Brewery in Loughborough, the Gas Dog Brewery at Somerby near Melton, Ellis Wood brewery in Hinckley, and the Pig Pub Brewery in Claybrooke Magna near Lutterworth. Vineyards in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
include Chevelswarde Vineyard (Lutterworth), Welland Valley Vineyard (Market Harborough), Eglantine (Loughborough) and Rothley
Rothley
Wines (Rothley). Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray
Sloe Gin is a liqueur with a distinctive flavour. Various markets are held across the county. Leicester
Leicester
Market is the largest outdoor covered marketplace in Europe and among the products on sale are fruit and vegetables sold by market stallholders, and fresh fish and meat in the Indoor Market. The annual East Midlands
East Midlands
Food & Drink Festival held in Melton Mowbray had over 200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors attending in 2007 making it the largest British regional food festival.[12] Food processing in the city and county includes popular British fish and chip shop pie Pukka Pies
Pukka Pies
who are based in Syston. Walkers Midshire Foods, part of the Samworth Brothers
Samworth Brothers
group, makes sausages and pies in its Beaumont Leys
Beaumont Leys
factories. Samworth Brothers
Samworth Brothers
has operations in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Cornwall
Cornwall
(Ginsters), making a range of products from sandwiches to desserts for UK retailers under their brands as well the company's own portfolio of brands including Dickinson & Morris, producers of pork pies and Melton Hunt Cake. Walkers crisps are made in Beaumont Leys
Beaumont Leys
using Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
potatoes. United Biscuits have their distribution centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
as well as a snacks factory producing brands such as Hula Hoops, Skips, Nik Naks and Space Raiders and they also have a biscuit factory in Wigston. The Masterfoods UK factory at Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray
produces petfood for brands such as Cesar, Kitekat, PAL, Pedigree, Sheba, Whiskas, Aquarian and Trill. Hand made chocolates are produced by Chocolate Perfection in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Some 15 major Indian food manufacturers are based in Leicester 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 – for instance the vegetable samosas approved by the Vegetarian Society sold at The Sharmilee on Belgrave Road. The growing market for Indian food has afforded new opportunities to long standing local companies, for example the Long Clawson dairy, a co-operative manufacturer of Stilton (cheese) now also makes Paneer
Paneer
cheese used in the Indian dish Mattar Paneer. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
food exported abroad includes cheese from the Long Clawson dairy which is sold in supermarkets in Canada and the United States via a network of distributors coordinated by Taunton-based company Somerdale. Belvoir Fruit Farms cordials and pressé drinks are sold on the United States east coast in Wegmans Food Markets, World Market, Harris Teeter, Dean & DeLuca, and in specialised British food stores such as Myers of Keswick (New York City), and the British Pantry (near Washington, D.C.). The annual Leicestershire
Leicestershire
& Rutland
Rutland
Restaurant Awards has several categories including Leicestershire
Leicestershire
& Rutland
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
Leicestershire
& Rutland
Rutland
Young Chef of the Year. See also Leicester
Leicester
food & drink Clothing[edit] Leicester
Leicester
and Leicestershire
Leicestershire
has had a traditional industry of knitwear, hosiery and footwear, and the sheep on the county's coat of arms is recognition of this. The local manufacturing industry, which began with hand knitting in the Middle Ages, and was fully industrialised by the end of the 19th century, survived until the end of the 20th century through retailers buying UK sourced products, and government measures such as the protection of the Multi Fibre Arrangement which ended in 2004. Cheaper global competition, coupled with the 1999 slump in the UK fashion retail sector, led to the end of much of the cheaper clothing manufacturing industry. Today Leicestershire
Leicestershire
companies focus on high quality clothing and speciality textiles. One such company is Pantherella who make socks at their Hallaton Street factory off Saffron Lane which are sold in high-end department stores around the world including in the UK Harrods, Selfridges, and John Lewis, and in the US in Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus.[citation needed] Other local companies manufacture knitwear such as Commando Knitwear of Wigston, and others specialise in technical textiles for industrial or medical purposes. Clothing and fabric for the British Asian community is made here – for example the shop Saree
Saree
Mandir sells silk saree's and salwar suits for women whose design patterns closely follow contemporary Indian trends. The Knitting
Knitting
Industries' Federation continues to be based in Leicestershire. On the creative side the design centre for next is headquartered in Enderby, and the design centre for George Clothing (Asda/Walmart) is in Lutterworth. De Montfort University has, in the form of its Fashion and Contour Design course a leading design department for female underwear. It also has the only UK University courses in Footwear
Footwear
Design providing future designers for local shoemakers Shoefayre, Stead and Simpson, and Shoe Zone, who all have their headquarters in the county. Gola also originates from the county. Healthcare[edit] Main article: Healthcare in Leicestershire University Hospitals Leicester
Leicester
NHS Trust[13] employs around 11,000 at its three hospitals in the city and county, the Glenfield, the General and the Royal Infirmary. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Partnership NHS Trust employs over 5,500 staff providing mental health, learning disability and community health services in the city and county.[14] These services are commissioned by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, led by local GPs. The British Psychological Society, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) based in Wigston, and the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) have their head offices in Leicestershire. Biomedical industries[edit] Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical instrument manufacturing companies include 3M, Bridgehead International in Melton, Fisher Scientific in Loughborough, and Ashfield Healthcare in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Freight and distribution[edit]

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Transportation links are good. East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport is one mile (1.6 km) south of Castle Donington, next to the M1 in north-west Leicestershire, and is the second largest freight airport in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
after London Heathrow. DHL Aviation
DHL Aviation
have a large purpose built facility at EMA, and courier companies UPS and TNT also use the airport as a base. Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo
is also a regular user of East Midlands, and the airport is a primary hub for Royal Mail. The M1 is Leicestershire's other important transport hub. The start of the M6, and part of the A14 briefly intersect with the southern tip of Leicestershire. Many large retail companies have huge warehouses at the Magna Park complex near Lutterworth. The Widdowson Group
Widdowson Group
make use of J21a of the M1 to provide warehousing, transportation, freight forwarding, garage services and LGV/HGV training. Pall-Ex of Ellistown provide automated palletised freight distribution services from their location off Junction 22 of the M1. The Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
provides important connections to Yorkshire and London, and the Birmingham–Stansted Line is essentially Leicestershire's east–west connection from Hinckley
Hinckley
to Melton. Other[edit] Ibstock-based developer Wilson Bowden was bought in 2007 by Barratt Developments plc in a GBP2.2 billion deal. Charles Street Buildings (Leicester) and Jelson Homes are two other successful Leicester-based property companies. Syston-based Dunelm Mill is a growing home furnishings retailer. The company started in 1979 as a family business selling curtains from a Leicester
Leicester
market stall whose first store opened in Churchgate Leicester
Leicester
in 1984. In 2006 Dunelm opened its 80th store, and the company floated on the stock market, placing the company's founders the Adderley family among Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. Hamilton-based Sofidel Group
Sofidel Group
manufactures more than 600 million toilet rolls and kitchen towel rolls per year in its Leicestershire factories. Toy car company Corgi have their European operation at the Meridian Business Park, although the toys are now manufactured in China and the company is owned by Margate-based Hornby. Hairdresser Barrie Hedley operates three Barrie Stephen salons in the city and county, and has been a finalist in the British hairdressing awards 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2007 Hedley won the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Business Awards.[citation needed] Lumbers, of High Street Leicester, was a finalist in the Independent Retailer category of the UK Jewellery Awards 2007.[citation needed] Ulverscroft Large Print Books, of Anstey, Leicestershire, are a leading publisher of books for the visually impaired. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
is twinned with Kilkenny, Ireland. Leicester's Cultural Quarter is an ambitious plan to drive the regeneration of a large run-down area of the city. It has delivered: a new venue for the performing arts, Curve; creative workspaces for artists & designers, LCB Depot; and a Digital Media Centre. A large number of ceative and media businesses have thrived in the region. In addition the area now has much-improved streets, pavements and open spaces with integrated artworks.[citation needed] As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife
Plantlife
chose the Foxglove as the county flower. Financial and business services[edit] Financial and business service companies with operations in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
include Alliance & Leicester, Cambridge & Counties Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, State Bank of India, HSBC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Pension provision company Mattioli Woods employs 170 people at its Grove Park, Enderby, HQ and has a reputation for employing graduates directly from Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Universities.[15] Companies that have their head office in the area include Next (clothing), and British Gas Business. The Institute of Credit Management, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, and the Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) are based in Leicestershire. Key stakeholders promoting economic development formed Leicester
Leicester
& Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Economic Partnership in 2011. Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Chamber of Commerce is another good source for business advice. Business awards[edit] The Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Business Awards has categories including Investing in Leicestershire, Contribution to the Community, and Entrepreneur of the Year. Recent Leicestershire
Leicestershire
winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise are listed on the Lord Lieutenant's website. Statistics[edit] This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of the non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland
Rutland
(it does not include the City of Leicester) at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added – Components may not sum to totals due to rounding Agriculture – includes hunting and forestry Industry – includes energy and construction Services – includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

1995 6,666 145 2,763 3,758

2000 7,813 112 2,861 4,840

2003 9,509 142 3,045 6,321

Politics & local government[edit] Parliamentary constituencies[edit]

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General Election 2017: Leicestershire
Leicestershire
& Rutland

Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats UKIP Green Others Turnout

196,786 +26,372 129,264 +52,497 21,811 −4,222 9,806 −43,880 8,818 −3,348 2,650 +440 421,632 +27,859

Overall Number of Seats as of 2017

Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats UKIP Green Others

5 3 0 0 0 0

County council[edit] County Hall, in Glenfield, some 3 miles (4.8 km) north-west of central Leicester
Leicester
and a little over 4 miles (6.4 km) from Leicester
Leicester
railway station, is the seat of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Council and the headquarters of the county authority. Below the County Council, there are seven district councils, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley
Hinckley
and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby
Oadby
and Wigston. The City of Leicester
Leicester
is a unitary authority which is separate from the county for local government, and provides all services in its area; the City Council meets at Leicester
Leicester
Town Hall. Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Leicestershire Publicly funded secondary schools in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
are comprehensive. The schools are segregated by age in some areas to ages 10–14 (middle schools), and 14–16 (upper schools) or 14–18 (upper schools which also provide sixth form education). The schools, compared with other LEAs, have large numbers on the roll with school enrolment often 2000 and more. For Melton and Blaby
Blaby
districts, although there is division by middle and upper schools, there is only one upper school in either district, giving no choice of school. However, many students of Lutterworth
Lutterworth
College in Harborough
Harborough
District actually hail from Blaby
Blaby
district. Charnwood has the largest school population – four times the size of the Melton district. In 2007, the best-performing state school at GCSE was Beauchamp College in Oadby. No comprehensives in Leicestershire LEA were rated as poor performers, unlike in some neighbouring counties. In 2007, 7,800 pupils took GCSE exams. For A-levels, the best comprehensive school in the county was the De Lisle College in Loughborough. The best schools overall at A-level were the two private single-sex schools in Loughborough, Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough
Loughborough
High School. GCSE results by district council[edit] % of pupils gaining 5 grades A–C in 2007 including English and Maths (46.8% was the England
England
average compared to Leicestershire's 48.9%).

Harborough
Harborough
56.3 Oadby and Wigston
Oadby and Wigston
55.4 Hinckley and Bosworth
Hinckley and Bosworth
48.5 Charnwood 47.9 North West Leicestershire
North West Leicestershire
46.5 Melton 41.0 Blaby
Blaby
41.0 (City of Leicester
Leicester
Unitary Authority 36.5)

Independent schools[edit] Independent schools in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
include Leicester
Leicester
Grammar School (mixed), Leicester
Leicester
High School for Girls (girls), Loughborough
Loughborough
Grammar School (boys), Loughborough
Loughborough
High School (girls), Fairfield Preparatory School (primary school – mixed), Welbeck College
Welbeck College
(military 6th form college – mixed), Ratcliffe College
Ratcliffe College
(Roman Catholic – mixed), Grace Dieu Manor School (Roman Catholic – mixed), Stoneygate school (primary school – mixed), and Stoneygate College (mixed), Our Lady's Convent School (OLCS) (Roman Catholic – girls). Further education[edit] There are four general further education colleges operating in Leicestershire; Leicester
Leicester
College, Loughborough
Loughborough
College, South Leicestershire
Leicestershire
College and Stephenson College. All offer various vocational courses as well as apprenticeships and some academic courses. Brooksby Melton College provides apprenticeships and further education training courses in animal care, countryside, equine, fisheries, and land based service engineering, at their Brooksby campus. Higher education[edit] Leicestershire
Leicestershire
has three universities, the University of Leicester, Loughborough
Loughborough
University and De Montfort University. Educational associations[edit] Several educational associations have their head offices in Leicestershire, including the Mathematical Association, the Association of School and College Leaders, the Association for College Management, the Girls Schools Association, the National Adult School Association, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education and the Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference. Sporting associations[edit] A number of UK sporting bodies have their head offices in Leicestershire, including the Institute of Sports & Recreation Management, the Institute of Swimming, Volleyball England, the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association, the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, the British Judo Association, the British Parachute Association, the British Triathlon Federation, the Amateur Swimming Association, the British Gliding Association, the British Motorcycle Federation, the English Indoor Bowls Association, the Youth Sport Trust and the British Isles Bowls Council. Music[edit] The full range of music is performed in the county, from early medieval, European and Asian classical music, folk, jazz, blues, rock, and pop. Download Festival, a major hard rock and metal festival, is hosted at Donington Park. Symphony orchestras[edit] The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leicester
Leicester
Symphony Orchestra, and the internationally famous Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra are three of the larger orchestras in the county. Amateur orchestras[edit] Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Sinfonia, the Loughborough
Loughborough
Orchestra, the Charnwood orchestra, the Coalville
Coalville
Light Orchestra and the Soar Valley Music Centre Orchestra. Choirs and choral societies[edit] Leicester-based choirs include the Leicester
Leicester
Cathedral Choir, Leicester
Leicester
Bach Choir, Broom Leys Choral Society Whitwick, Cantamici, the Cecilian Singers, Charnwood Choral Society, Coalville
Coalville
and District Male Voice Choir, Coro Nostro Chamber Choir, Humberstone Choral Society, Kainé Gospel Choir, Kingfisher Chorale, Leicester
Leicester
Church Music Consort, Leicester
Leicester
City Male Voice Choir, Leicester
Leicester
Philharmonic Choir, Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Chorale, Loughborough
Loughborough
Ladies Choir, Loughborough Male Voice Choir, Meridian Singers, Newtown Linford mixed voice choir, Red Leicester
Leicester
choir, the Scarlet choir, Shepshed
Shepshed
Singers, Synergy Community Choir, Wigston
Wigston
and district male voice choir, Unity Community Choir, and the Peepul Choir. Early music[edit] The Longsdale Consort perform music of the renaissance and baroque periods. Leicester
Leicester
Recorder Society. Music shops[edit] Stores selling sheet music and musical instruments in Leicestershire include Music Junkie Ltd, Sona Rupa (Indian), Sheehans Music Instruments, Intasound Music Ltd and MH Music (MH Music are actually in the centre of Market Harborough). Towns and villages[edit] Main articles: List of places in Leicestershire
List of places in Leicestershire
and List of settlements in Leicestershire
Leicestershire
by population Places of interest[edit]

Key

Abbey/Priory/Cathedral

Accessible open space

Amusement/Theme Park

Castle

Country Park

English Heritage

Forestry Commission

Heritage railway

Historic House

Museum (free/not free)

National Trust

Theatre

Zoo

Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle
today

The entrance to Burrough Hill
Burrough Hill
Iron Age hillfort

The National Space Centre
National Space Centre
in Leicester

Main category: Tourist attractions in Leicestershire

Ab Kettleby Abbey Pumping Station Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Canal Ashby Castle
Ashby Castle
Arnesby
Arnesby
May Fayre The Battlefield Line Beacon Hill Belgrave Hall
Belgrave Hall
& Gardens Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle
Bosworth Battlefield Bradgate Park
Bradgate Park
& Swithland Wood Brampton Valley Way
Brampton Valley Way
(former railway path to Northampton) Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome
and proving ground Burrough Hill
Burrough Hill
Iron Age Hill Fort Castle Park Charnwood Museum Donington le Heath Manor House Museum Donington Park
Donington Park
and the Donington Grand Prix Collection
Donington Grand Prix Collection
museum East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport Eyebrook Reservoir Fosse Shopping Park Foxton Locks Great Glen Methodist Church
Great Glen Methodist Church
Great Central Railway (heritage railway) Harborough
Harborough
Museum High Cross Kirby Muxloe Castle
Kirby Muxloe Castle
Launde Abbey
Launde Abbey
Leicester
Leicester
Cathedral Mallory Park Melton Carnegie Museum Moira Furnace Mount St. Bernard Abbey
Mount St. Bernard Abbey
National Space Centre The National Forest and Conkers Snibston
Snibston
& Snibston
Snibston
Discovery Museum Stanford Hall Stoney Cove
Stoney Cove
the National Diving Centre Stapleford Miniature Railway
Stapleford Miniature Railway
, Stapleford Park
Stapleford Park
near Melton The Emporium Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo
Ulverscroft Priory[16] University of Leicester
Leicester
Botanic Garden Watermead Country Park
Watermead Country Park
Wigston
Wigston
Framework Knitters Museum[17]

See also[edit]

England
England
portal

Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland
Rutland
Fire and Rescue Service Leicestershire
Leicestershire
County Cricket Club Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Police Leicestershire Police
Leicestershire Police
and Crime Commissioner Leicestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
Leicestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
– Historical list of MPs for the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
constituency

Centre points of the United Kingdom Custos Rotulorum of Leicestershire – List of keepers of the Rolls List of High Sheriffs of Leicestershire List of birds of Leicestershire
Leicestershire
and Rutland List of people from Leicester List of Lord Lieutenants of Leicestershire University Hospitals of Leicester
Leicester
NHS Trust

References[edit]

^ "UK Flag Registry - The Flag Institute". The Flag Institute. Retrieved 2018-01-02.  ^ "A Flag For Leicestershire". British County Flags. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2018-01-02.  ^ Haran, Brady. "Experiencing the Highs and Lows". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2015.  ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "Office for National Statistics: 2001 Census Data". Retrieved 5 May 2013.  ^ a b " Leicester
Leicester
profile of 2001 census". Office for National Statistics. 2003. Retrieved 28 December 2007.  ^ "Mid-year estimates for 2006" (XLS). Office for National Statistics. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.  ^ " Leicester
Leicester
population density". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2007.  ^ " Leicester
Leicester
key statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2007.  ^ " Leicester
Leicester
country of birth data". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2007.  ^ all over the world Oklahoma State University Archived 5 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Leicester
Leicester
CAMRA". Leicester
Leicester
CAMRA. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.  ^ " East Midlands
East Midlands
Food & Drink Festival". Eastmidlandsfoodfestival.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2010.  ^ "Welcome to Leicester's hospitals website". Leicestershospitals.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-11.  ^ "About Us". Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Partnership NHS Trust. Retrieved 15 January 2018.  ^ "Graduates move pays off" – Leicester
Leicester
Mercury, Tuesday 4 May 2010, Business supplement Page 7 ^ "Charnwood Borough Council – Ulverscroft". 26 June 2006. Archived from the original on 26 June 2006. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ " Knitting
Knitting
Together". 23 July 2005. Archived from the original on 23 July 2005. 

External links[edit]

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Boroughs or districts

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Major settlements

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