Looking at London Road in Leicester today, buzzing with traffic, it is hard to realise that it was once meadows and footpaths.
In Dr Helen Boynton’s new book entitled The Changing Face of London Road Leicester, five hundred years of the road’s history are revealed, describing the dramatic changes it has seen from Evington Road down the hill to below the station.
To launch her book Dr Boynton will give a short talk and sign copies at the University of Leicester Café Piazza, Charles Wilson Building on the main University campus on Wednesday 14 November 2001 at 5.30 pm.
Dr Helen Boynton was born in Leicester and educated at the Wyggeston Grammar School for Girls. A graduate of London University, she gained a PhD in Geology from the University of Manchester and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Leicester during the 1960s. Over the last ten years she has specialised in the local history of Leicester.
The Changing Face of London Road Leicester is the third in a trilogy of London Road’s histories, following From Tollgate to Tramshed (written with Derek Seaton) and A History of Victoria Park, Leicester.
Dr Boynton commented: “The present book followed on naturally to complete London Road’s history and extends from Calais Hill, where the road originally started, to Victoria Park. It shows how this part of the road on the hill has changed considerably over the past 500 years from meadowland to its present urban scene.
“It took about 18 months to complete and many photographs and pictures, hitherto unpublished, have been unearthed and shown for the first time.”
Other books published by Dr Helen Boynton include A Prospect of Oadby (1993), Desirable Locations (1996, with Grant Pitches), while The History of New Walk is planned for next year. Her books include the history of the University of Leicester buildings in the London Road and Oadby areas.
Note to editors: Further information is available from Dr Helen Boynton, Telephone 0116 270 6806.
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