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Leicestershire county
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Country United Kingdom
Part of the country England
region East Midlands

status Ceremonial and Administrative County
First mention 1087 (as Laegrecastrescir )

Ceremonial county
surface 2,156 km²
Residents 1,053,486
was standing June 30, 2018

Administrative county
Administrative authority Leicestershire County Council
Administrative headquarters Glenfield
ISO-3166-2 GB-LEC
surface 2,083 km²
Residents 698.268
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 31
GSS code E10000018
NUTS code UKF22 (with Rutland )
Website www.leics.gov.uk

! Districts /! Unitary Authorities
Leicestershire Ceremonial Numbered.png
  1. Charnwood
  2. Melton
  3. Harborough
  4. Oadby and Wigston
  5. Blaby
  6. Hinckley and Bosworth
  7. North West Leicestershire
  8. Leicester

Leicestershire [ ˈlɛstəʃ (ɪ) ə ] is a county in central England . The county is named after its administrative center, the city of Leicester . The county borders on the Unitary Authority of Leicester and the counties of Lincolnshire , Rutland , Northamptonshire , Warwickshire , Staffordshire , Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire . Much of the National Forest is part of the county. Without the city of Leicester, the population is 648,700 inhabitants (2010), who live in an area of ​​2083 km².

The county is divided into two almost equal parts by the River Soar , which flows northward into the River Trent . It separates east and west by a wide valley and flows through historic Leicester in the heart of the county. The capital flourished in Roman times and is one of the oldest cities in England. At Bosworth Field, one of the fateful battles that changed the course of English history took place.


The Hallaton hoard is evidence of settlement in the Iron Age .

According to the Domesday Book , a census initiated by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Leicestershire filled four wapentakes (hundreds): Guthlaxton , Framland , Goscote and Gartree . Since then, the county's borders have changed little. In 1974 the county of Rutland was attached to Leicestershire through a territorial reform . In 1996 this reform was repealed.

Cities and Towns in Leicestershire


Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 52 ° 41 ′  N , 1 ° 2 ′  W