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Leicester's history headlines 100BC-1239AD

100BC Old view
ENTER THE CORIELTAUVI
Leicester's unbroken
history begins over
2000 years ago.
A group of the Belgae, a warlike race from the continent, form a separate tribal unit in the East Midlands. They become known as the Corieltauvi.
43 AD roman remains
THE ROMANS
ARRIVE
The Romans give Leicester an identity as a settlement.
The Romans construct the Fosse Way along their northern frontier and build a military fort by the River Soar. They call it Ratae Corieltavorum. Soon, the fort attracts traders, and a civilian community grows.
138ad jewry wall
THE ROMANS CLEAN UP
High status buildings are built in the heart of the town.
The Romans start work on the construction of their baths. The site is now part of Leicester's Jewry Wall Museum next to the historic Church of St Nicholas
877ad Churchgate
THE DANES
MOVE IN
After the Romans leave, Leicester falls prey to invaders.
Leicester comes under Danish rule, and becomes one of the five towns in the East Midlands making up the Danelagh. The Danish word for road was `gata', hence Churchgate, Gallowtree Gate.
1066 Castle Park

THE NORMAN CONQUEST
Leicester's military status is renewed by William the Conqueror.

In the years immediately after William's conquest of England, he builds a castle at Leicester. The town is granted to one of his barons.
1143 Abbey Park & canal

LEICESTER
ABBEY
Leicester grows in significance as a religious centre.

Leicester Abbey - St Mary de Pratis - is founded. The ruins still emain in one quiet corner of Abbey Park. The canal forms part of the park's boundaries.
1239 simon de montfort

DE MONTFORT CALLS THE TUNE
A university, a textile company and a concert hall bear his name.

Simon de Montfort becomes Earl of Leicester. His name and his image become closely associated with Leicester, although there is no firm evidence that he ever visited the town.


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