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Leicestershire

(lĕs`tərshĭr), county (1991 pop. 860,500), 832 sq mi (2,155 sq km), central England. The county seat is at Glenfield; it was formerly LeicesterLeicester
, 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.
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, which is now administratively separate from the county. The county is divided into seven districts: Melton, Charnwood, Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, Blaby, Hinckley and Bosworth, and North West Leicestershire. Fertile farming land exists in the uplands of the east, while the west is devoted mainly to industry and some mining. The hilly Charnwood Forest is in the north. The Soar and the Wreak are the principal rivers.

Leicestershire is primarily an agricultural county (sheep, dairy cattle, wheat, and barley). Stilton cheese is a well-known dairy product of the region. Leicester is an important industrial city and the center of the boot and shoe industry. LoughboroughLoughborough
, town (1991 pop. 44,895), Leicestershire, central England, on the Soar River. It is a market town with engineering works. Manufactures include hosiery, shoes, pharmaceuticals, boilers, and pottery. Bell foundries were built in 1840; the great bell of St.
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 and HinckleyHinckley and Bosworth,
district (1991 pop. 93,600), Leicestershire, central England. Hosiery and shoes are the chief manufactures. Other industries are dyeing and engineering.
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 also have industrial concentrations, and Plungar has an oil field.

Leicestershire was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of MerciaMercia
, one of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, consisting generally of the region of the Midlands. It was settled by Angles c.500, probably first along the Trent valley.
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. At Bosworth Field, in 1485, Richard III was slain by the forces of Henry Tudor, who ascended the throne as Henry VII. In 1974, Leicestershire was reorganized as a nonmetropolitan county.

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Leicestershire

 

a county in Great Britain, in the Midlands, in the basin of the Trent River. Area, 2,200 sq km (1975); population, 771,200 (1971). The administrative center is the city of Leicester. The county is part of the industrial Midlands. Leicestershire has knitwear, leather, and footwear industries; there is also machine building and the mining of coal and iron ore. Agriculture consists primarily of animal husbandry (cattle and sheep), which is well developed.

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Leicestershire

a county of central England: absorbed the small historical county of Rutland in 1974; Rutland and Leicester city became independent unitary authorities in 1997: largely agricultural. Administrative centre: Leicester. Pop. (excluding Leicester city): 619 200 (2003 est.). Area (excluding Leicester city): 2084 sq. km (804 sq. miles)
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