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Explore England's Past

East Midlands

Queniborough is a linear village, half way between Leicester and Melton Mowbray.

Foxton Locks are ten canal locks, buit in 1814 and consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Un

Between 1834 and 1894 local government at parish level was gradually reformed. The changes were piecemeal and conservative in approach, so that the

Chatsworth was transformed in the 1680s from Sir William Cavendish's Elizabethan house with four tall ranges round a small courtyard into a fashion

Hardwick New Hall is famous as the home of the one of the most powerful women of the 16th century, Elizabeth countess of Shrewsbury, whose initials

The Old Hall at Hardwick survives only as a shell, with remnants of its plaster decoration.

Image supplied courtesy of English Heritage.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, as the population and economy of England expanded, a large number of new towns were laid out in most parts of t

Brass bands often became the heart of a community's social life alongside sport (primarily football and cricket).

The interior of the Cavendish chapel built in 1618 as a final resting place for the tomb of Sir Charles Cavendish and his wife, Catherine Ogle. Cav