The Ancient England through Leicester

10 Nov The Ancient England through Leicester

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England; with history going back 2000 years. The city of Leicester was first known as Ratae Coritanorum and was inhabited by the Corieltauvi tribe.  . The Corieltauvi were a Celtic tribe and Leicester was the capital of a territory of what is now known as the East Midlands.

The Roman city of Leicester was founded around AD 50 as a military settlement upon the Fosse Way Roman road. After the military departure, Leicester grew into an important trading region and one of the largest towns in Roman Britain. The remains of the baths of Roman Leicester can be seen at the Jewry Wall and other Roman artifacts are displayed in the Jewry Wall Museum.  The Leicester Market, which is still vibrant today, has a history going back 700 years.

You can visit the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery situated in the New Walk area of the city.  The Leicester Guildhall dates back to the 15th Century and the Belgrave Hall, built in the 18th Century, provides an oasis of peace and quiet in the busy city.

After World War II Leicester had a large influx of immigrants from India Kenya and Uganda in the early 1970s.These immigrant groups make up around 40% of Leicester’s population, this makes Leicester one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom.   More recently groups of Dutch citizens of Somali origin, have been drawn by its free and easy atmosphere, Leicester today is widely regarded as a model of inter-communal tolerance.

Leicester diverse ethnic and religious community brings numerous festivals to the City with celebrations for all the main religions.   Although very ethnically diverse, the tolerance between the different groups has made Leicester a very peaceful yet vibrant place.

The Jewry Wall in Leicester, England is the remaining wall of the public baths of Roman Leicester along with foundations of the baths, which are laid out in front of the wall. It is quite large and impressive and has a museum detailing Leicester’s ancient roots attached.

The wall is nearly 2000 years old, and is a rare example of Roman walling and is the second largest piece of surviving civil Roman building in Britain which served to separate the gymnasium from the cold room.

The remains of the baths were excavated in the1930 and date from approximately 160AD. The wall and baths are adjoined by the Jewry Wall Museum, which contains excellent local examples of Roman mosaics and wall plaster.  Make the time to visit this fantastic piece of history where tourists can purchase many memorabilia to take back home.