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Banners celebrate Knighton’s heritage

Published on 13 July 2016

NEW banners are being put up on lamp-posts in Knighton, celebrating the area’s built and natural heritage.

The banners feature pictures of Knighton from the past, remembering the area’s history as one of Leicester’s original ‘villages’. There are also present-day pictures of local landmarks including the Cradock Arms pub and the Church of St Mary Magdelen.

The banners will go up in Chapel Lane, Brinsmead Road and along part of Welford Road, with installation starting this week (w/c 11 Jul).

Similar banners have already been erected in Aylestone and Evington, with plans to install more in other former ‘village’ areas on the outskirts of Leicester, in Belgrave and Humberstone.

Cllr Adam Clarke, the city council’s heritage champion, said: “These banners help to give key areas of our city a sense of place, and reinforce community spirit locally. They also remind us about the heritage that is all around us.

“We’re lucky enough to live in a city with plenty of green space and architectural gems, but they can be easy to miss. These banners showcase some of the highlights of Leicester’s historic villages and encourage people to find out more about our city’s past.”

Two new interpretation panels are also being installed in Knighton soon, offering further information about the area’s past. They explore the village’s royal connections and the influence of local landowners the Cradock Hartopp family. The panels include 3D maps to encourage people to explore the heritage of their local area.

Find out more about the historic village of Knighton at www.visitleicester.info/knighton

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