Leicestershire and Rutland, home to English football’s 2016 Premier League Champions – and
also home to some of England’s best kept secrets: beautiful countryside, pretty, quintessentially
English villages, and a rich and diverse history. Not so secret, though, is the fact that
the already historic city of Leicester has been firmly put on the international map recently,
with the discovery of the remains of Richard III and his high-profile reinterment in Leicester
And of course, Richard III, the Wars of the Roses and Leicester’s pivotal connection
with the English Civil War are amongst many topics covered in Leicestershire and Rutland:
Unusual & Quirky in depth, from the Stone Age to present day.
However, lurking not far beneath the surface of both counties is a host of oddities and
peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more
intriguing. Therefore even the Conventional Leicestershire & Rutland section sees its County
History interspersed with the book’s idiosyncratic “Quirk Alerts”; like anecdotes covering Roman
latrine management, how Robin-a-Tiptoe Hill became so-named, and the meaning of bizarre
Leicestershire terms such as Gongoozlers and Yawny Box!
Naturally, though, it is the Quirky Leicestershire & Rutland section where things turn very
strange, and where a seemingly random almanac of 55 Leicestershire and Rutland places have
their quirkiest facts laid bare: like which village has a cow-milking organist, which had a beerswilling
fox, another a wig-detecting phantom, and yet another a parson who tied 58 bulldogs
to 58 apple trees to prevent scrumping! Or what about which Leicestershire village was hit
by a meteorite, which one saw doves dictate the build of a church, and which one still fights
annually over a hare pie! Alternatively, find out which Rutland village had a fourteenth-century
rector involved in serious organised crime, which one is twinned with Paris, and which one is
home to a truly mind-blowing historical revelation. If you think you know Leicestershire and
Rutland, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book and think again...
Derby-born Andrew Beardmore spent his formative years nurturing his love of
sport, history and geography in his home county of Derbyshire. Nevertheless,
it was Computer Science in which he graduated, with a First Class honours
degree, before embarking on a 28-year career in I.T.
Now married with two children, Andrew still works as a full-time I.T. Capacity
Manager, and writes in his spare time. Leicestershire and Rutland: Unusual &
Quirky is his third book that reunites those three childhood loves of sport, history and geography, following
on from previous Unusual & Quirky releases focusing on Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 274 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2016.