Leicester Chronicler

An informal insight into the cultural and social history of the city of Leicester and its environs


Welcome to
Leicester Chronicler


This website, in its name, recognises Henry of Knighton, one of Leicester's most important chroniclers of the past. He was a canon and librarian at Leicester Abbey in the latter part of the fourteenth century. His important four-volume Chronicle was published in 1652.


Like Henry Knighton, each of us has our own history and our own interpretation of the past. Knowing the past helps us to understand better the present. Consequently, this website is not an academic interpretation of the history of Leicester but rather a personal perspective on some of the lives and events that have shaped the city for more than two thousand years.

Leicester Chronicler is being re-designed so some earlier pages may not be available at the present time. Pages that have been upgraded are indexed below. You may encounter occasional underlined links within the text which are bona fide advertising links to reliable businesses and help to cover the cost of maintaining this website.

I am always happy to discuss any of the material on this website and to be informed of any errors or misinterpretations. If you wish to contact me, you can do so here.



The Granby Halls - Memories of a much-loved venue The Whitwick Reformatory
No Encore for Corah -the rise and fall of a textile giant The Green Bicycle Murder - The murder is yet to be solved
Francis Cammaerts - The SOE and Scraptoft Arthur Colahan - the quiet man of Welford Road Prison
Isaac Barradale - Arts and Crafts Architect The Hippodrome and the rise and fall of Sam Torr
Lady Cecilia's Night Flight to Brussels The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery Group
Elma Ezra Keene and his family of artists Thomas Crapper and the manhole covers of Rutland
Clara Collet - A life of enlightenment Wilmot Pilsbury - artist and headmaster, Leicester School of Art
Robert James Lees - Psychic or charlatan?  

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