Leicester

'New centre of England' marked in Fenny Drayton

A monument and plaque have been installed to mark what is thought to be the exact centre of England.

A monument in Meriden, near Coventry, already marks the traditional centre of the country.

However, Ordnance Survey calculated the exact centre in 2002 and found it to be in a field at Lindley Hall Farm, in Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire.

The field is still used to grow crops but the owners say it could become a tourist attraction in future.

Stephen Farmer, of Lindley Hall Farm, said: "It's a position on the map, the same as Land's End [and] John O'Groats.

"People go to see their marks and have their photos taken so I think it wants to be known to the public, where it is."

A monument at Meriden, near Coventry, marks the traditional centre of England

The 6ft (1.8m) tall monument is made from a railway sleeper and points to the exact point, which is 492ft (150m) into the field.

The field is private land, but the aim of the monument is to mark the location for future generations.

The farm is within the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth.

Steve Wegerif, chairman of Hinckley and Bosworth Tourism Partnership, said it "seems only right" that the centre of England should be there.

"[It is] located just a few miles from where the Battle of Bosworth was fought in 1485 which changed the face of England's monarchy forever," he said.

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