The aim of this 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.
Leicestershire and Rutland are predominantly
landscapes of rolling green farmland with some
areas of higher ground, notably the Charnwood
Forest area around Beacon Hill and parts of the
newly formed National Forest around Coalville.
Within the counties are many places of great
interest including the Great Central Railway
which runs from Loughborough to Leicester
North and is the only double track, main line
heritage railway in the UK; Rutland water, a
reservoir the size of Lake Windermere, is one
of the biggest man-made lakes in Europe; The
National Space Centre, situated on the banks of
the River Soar in Leicester, is the UKs’ largest
attraction dedicated to space; Foxton Locks on
the Grand Union Canal is one of the longest
flights of staircase locks in England; and Leicesters’
Diwali celebrations on Belgrave Road are the
largest in the world outside India. All these sights
are captured in the superb photography of
Portrait of Leicestershire & Rutland is the perfect
Graham Oliver is based in Leicestershire
and has lived in the county for
over thirty years. His photographs
have featured in many newspapers
and magazines and on calendars.
Portrait of Leicestershire & Rutland is
his first book.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 994 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2010.