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Leicester - General information, History, Coat of Arms, Politics, Education, Arts, Sport, Areas, Places of Interest and Landmarks

14th university city

52°38N 1°05W, pop (2001e) 279 900. City and county town of Leicestershire, C England, UK; unitary authority from 1997; 160 km/100 mi N of London; an important royal residence in mediaeval times; charter granted by Elizabeth I (1589); university (1957); De Montfort University (1992, formerly Leicester Polytechnic); railway; hosiery, knitwear, footwear, engineering; many Roman remains; 14th-c Cathedral of St Martin, Churches of St Margaret, St Mary de Castro, and St Nicholas; 14th-c Guildhall, Belgrave Hall museum; National Space Centre; football league team, Leicester City.

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