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Leicester

(lĕs`tər), city and unitary authority (1991 pop. 324,394), central England. The city is connected by canals with the Trent River and London, and it is also a railway center. Leicester was of industrial importance as early as the 14th cent.; the making of hosiery, knitwear, and shoes are long-established industries. Other manufactures are chemicals, aniline dyes, textiles, textile and woodworking machinery, and light-metal products. The University College, now the Univ. of Leicester, was founded in 1918 and chartered as a university in 1957. DeMontfort Univ. was established in 1992. Immigration since the 1970s has made Leicester Britain's most ethnically diverse city (in terms of the percentage of nonwhite residents).

Leicester was the Ratae Coritanorum, or Ratae, of the Romans, whose Fosse WayFosse Way
, Roman road in England. It apparently ran from Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) NE past Bath (Aquae Sulis), Cirencester (Corinium Dobunnorum), and Leicester (Ratae Coritanorum) to Lincoln (Lindum). It intersected Watling Street.
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 passes nearby. It was also a town of the ancient Britons and was one of the Five Boroughs of the Danes. Its antiquities include the Jewry Wall, a Roman structure 18 ft (5 m) high and 70 ft (21 m) long (near which extensive Roman relics have been found); remains of a Norman castle; and the ruins of an abbey founded in 1143, in which Cardinal Wolsey died in 1530. Several of the churches (St. Nicholas, St. Mary de Castro, and All Saints) show Norman work, and Trinity Hospital is a 14th-century foundation. Leicester Cathedral, originally St. Martin's, dates to Norman times but was largely restored in the late 1800s. Richard III stayed in Leicester the night before he was killed in the battle of Bosworth Field. His body was brought back to Leicester for burial, and his remains, which had been lost, were rediscovered in 2012 and reinterred in 2015 in the cathedral.

Leicester

 

a city in Great Britain, in the eastern Midlands, on the Soar River. It is the administrative center of the county of Leicestershire. Population, 283,500 (1971). Leicester is an important transportation junction. Its manufactures include knitwear and footwear; machines used for these industries are produced in Leicester. The city has chemical industry and enterprises for the production of electrical equipment and tools. Leicester is the site of a university.

Leicester

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Earl of. title of Robert Dudley. ?1532--88, English courtier; favourite of Elizabeth I. He led an unsuccessful expedition to the Netherlands (1585--87)

Leicester

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1. a city in central England, in Leicester unitary authority, on the River Soar: administrative centre of Leicestershire: Roman remains and a ruined Norman castle; two universities (1957, 1992); light engineering, hosiery, and footwear industries. Pop.: 283 900 (2003 est.)
2. a unitary authority in central England, in Leicestershire. Pop.: 330 574 (2001). Area: 73 sq. km (28 sq. miles)
3. short for Leicestershire
4. a breed of sheep with long wool, originally from Leicestershire
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Perfil metabolico de ovelhas Border Leicester x Texel durante a gestacao e a lactacao.
We utilized rams of three different genotypes: Suffolk, Targhee, and Border Leicester.
The Border Leicester is now a minority breed and it's become harder to find them," he said.
Border Leicester Ch: DR & EA Jones, Hereford; R: SD Martyn, Cornwall.
Other headline prices included 4,800 guineas for a Blue-Faced Leicester ram lamb, 4,200gns for a Charollais shearling, 2,700gns for a Lleyn shearling and 2,700gns for a Border Leicester shearling.
Ewes: Suffolk PS89, PS81 Spotsmains, PS80 Ruletownhead , Texel PS83 Symington Mains, PS80 Harden Mains, PS80 and PS70 Craighouse, Suffolk cross PS83 Langraw, PS72 Cortleferry, PS70 Stoneypath, Cheviot Mule PS70 Lylestane, Mule PS69 Langraw, PS67 Bowland, PS66 Craighouse, PS61 Bettyfield, Cheviot PS69 Birneyknowe, Bowland, PS60 Whitchesters, Charolais PS64 Fairlaw, Border Leicester PS57 Spostmains, Norfolk Horn PS61 Ecclaw, Beaulieu PS52 Craighouse, Blackface PS47 Aikeyside, Birneyknowe and Bowland, PS45 Kittyfield, PS44 Burncastle and Cortleferry.
There is also a small flock of Welsh and Speckle ewes that are crossed with Border Leicester to provide flock replacements.
They were given the nod ahead of a Border Leicester group from Olwen Hughes-Owen, of Cynefin, Pengraigwen, Llanerchymedd.
Border Leicester Ch - IG Evans, Halton Farm, Wrexham; R - Olwen Hughes-Owen, Cynefin, Pengraigwen, L lanerchymedd.
A total of 16 breeds plus crosses will be represented, the numbers being: 1844 Texel, 1333 Suffolk, 700 Bluefaced Leicester, 343 Charollais, 194 Beltex, 176 Lleyn, 83 Border Leicester, 66 North Country Cheviot and 162 pedigree sheep from the Berrichon, Blue Texel, Dutch Texel, Hampshire Down, Oxford Down, Poll Dorset, Roussin, South Down and Vendeen varieties.
The supreme group title went to Geraint Robert's Kerry Hill ahead of a Border Leicester trio from Elizabeth Pryce, Llanidloes.

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