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Banners go up in Humberstone

Published on Monday, December 5, 2016

BANNERS celebrating the built and natural heritage of Humberstone are going on display in the area.

The banners, which will be attached to lamp-posts, will feature photographs of the historic Leicester village from past and present.

Local landmarks including St Mary’s Church, the Humber Stone and a 17th-century cottage at 106 Tennis Court Drive will feature on the banners, which will be installed on Main Street and Lower Keyham Lane, with another two on Humberstone Drive.

Humberstone is first recorded in the Domesday records of 1086, identified as ‘Humerstan’. It remained a largely rural community up until the end of the 19th century. However, the suburbs of Leicester were rapidly encroaching on the village, which was eventually absorbed into Leicester around 1935.

St Mary’s Church in the village dates back to the 13th century, although it was largely rebuilt in 1857-58 by Benjamin Broadbent, following the designs of architect Raphael Brandon, the restorer of Leicester Cathedral.

The thatched and timber-framed cottage at 106 Tennis Court Drive was once part of the Paget family estate, featuring distinctive ‘Paget pots’ – tall, twisted chimneys which the family installed on all village properties on their estate.

The Humber Stone is part of the village’s natural heritage, and dates back to the last Ice Age. This large stone is thought to weigh about 20 tonnes, and is made of Mountsorrel granite. Visitors can read about the stone’s history at the site, in Thurmaston Lane.

Banners have already gone up in Leicester’s other historic villages of Aylestone, Belgrave, Evington and Knighton to celebrate their heritage.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability and heritage champion for the council, said: “These banners help to shine a light on what makes Humberstone special. It's important that we celebrate and promote the uniqueness of each of our historic villages, for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

“Alongside our other heritage projects, such as the introduction of information panels and our Story of Leicester website, these banners give people the chance to find out more about our city’s rich history.”

More information about Leicester past and present is available at http://www.storyofleicester.info/ and www.visitleicester.info

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