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ISBN: 9780857042743
AUTHOR: Andrew Beardmore
Leicestershire And Rutland Unusual & Quirky
Leicestershire And Rutland Unusual & Quirky
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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 Cathedral.

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.

Nottinghamshire Unusual & QuirkyNottinghamshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Nottinghamshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again…
Derbyshire Unusual & QuirkyDerbyshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Derbyshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again...
Unusual Railway PubsUnusual Railway Pubs - £16.99
The author, Bob Barton, has spent five years visiting remarkable hostelries where cask ale and coffee is served along with generous portions of railway heritage and now you can too, with the help of this lavishly illustrated guide.
Portrait of Leicestershire & RutlandPortrait of Leicestershire & Rutland - £14.99
The aim of this beautifully photographed book is to capture the well known tourist attractions and also the less familiar corners of both Leicestershire and Rutland.Although often linked together, Leicestershire and Rutland remain two separate counties as Rutland once again was awarded county status in 1997.
Web Price: £19.99
23.17 EUR 24.99 USD 32.74 AUD

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