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New book celebrates the Quality of Leicester

Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A NEW book that celebrates the architectural legacy of Leicester’s 2,000 year history is being launched this week.

‘The Quality of Leicester’ traces the city’s architectural heritage from its origins in the late Iron Age through to the modern day, capturing a fascinating history of social, cultural and economic change.

The 348-page book brings together the story of how Leicester’s built environment has developed over 2,000 years, with over 500 beautifully photographed views and details of the city’s many architectural treasures.

It features hundreds of buildings, as well as streets and parks, highlighting their local importance and exploring the part they have played in shaping the unique character of Leicester.

The new book has been written by Michael Taylor, a town planner and building conservation specialist, who wrote the original edition of The Quality of Leicester back in 1993.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “In 1993, when the first edition of The Quality of Leicester was published, Leicester seemed to lack an appreciation of its heritage and its many fine buildings, and had little confidence about its future.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a new, rediscovered pride in the city and its place in England’s history. We needed a new Quality of Leicester to reflect and celebrate that. The new book is a fantastic showcase for our great city.

“I hope that it will inspire a new generation to appreciate and value our city’s architectural heritage, much as the first Quality of Leicester inspired me and many others almost 25 years ago.”

Michael Taylor, the book’s author, said: “It has been a real privilege to work on this new edition of The Quality of Leicester. It is a completely new book reflecting a changed and dynamic city.”

The Quality of Leicester will be on general sale from Wednesday, 30 November.?

The book, which costs £15 to buy, will be available at the Visit Leicester Centre on Gallowtree Gate and from Leicester museum shops.

It will also be available to buy from local booksellers and at www.amazon.co.uk