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Leicestershire, abbreviation Leics., is a landlocked county in central England. It takes its name from the heavily populated City of Leicester, traditionally its administrative centre, although the City of Leicester unitary authority is today administered separately from the rest of Leicestershire. The county borders onto Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. The border with Warwickshire is Watling Street (the A5).

County Hall, situated in Glenfield, about 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Leicester city centre, is the seat of Leicestershire County Council and the headquarters of the county authority. The City of Leicester is administered from offices in Leicester itself and the City Council meets at Leicester Town Hall.

The River Soar rises to the east of Hinckley, in the far south of the county, and flows northward through Leicester before emptying into the River Trent at the point where Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire meet. A large part of the northwest of the county, around Coalville, forms part of the new National Forest area extending into Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The highest point of the county is Bardon Hill at 278 m/912 ft, which is also a Marilyn.

As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife chose the Foxglove as the county flower.

Locations within Leicestershire:

Ab Kettleby
Allexton
Anstey
Appleby Magna
Arnesby
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby Magna
Ashby Parva
Ashfordby
Ashwell
Aylestone
Bagworth
Barlestone
Barrow upon Soar
Barsby
Barwell
Belgrave
Belton
Belvoir
Billesdon
Birstall
Bitteswell
Blaby
Bottesford
Braunston
Braunstone
Breedon on the Hill
Brooke
Broughton Astley
Bruntingthorpe
Buckminster
Burbage
Burley
Burton on the Wolds
Burton Overy
Calke
Carlby
Carlton
Casterton
Castle Donnington
Chadwell
Chilcote
Church Langton
Claybrooke Magna
Claybrooke Parva
Clipsham
Coalville
Coleorton
Congerstone
Cosby
Coston
Cotesbach
Cottesmore
Countesthorpe
Croft
Croxton Kerrial
Dadlington
Desford
Diseworth
Donisthorpe
East Langton
East Norton
Eastwell
Eaton
Edith Weston
Edmondthorpe
Elmesthorpe
Empingham
Enderby
Essendine
Evington
Exton
Foxton
Freeby
Frisby on the Wreak
Gaddesby
Gilmorton
Glen Parva
Glenfield
Gloostone
Goadby
Goadby Marwood
Great Bowden
Great Dalby
Great Glen
Great Stretton
Greetham
Grimston
Gumley
Hallaton
Harby
Hathern
Heather
Hethel
Higham on the Hill
Hinckley
Hoby
Holwell
Horninghold
Hose
Houghton on the Hill
Hugglescote
Humberstone
Hungerton
Husbands Bosworth
Ibstock
Illston on the Hill
Kegworth
Ketteringham
Kibworth Harcourt
Kilby
Kirby Muxloe
Kirkby Mallory
Knipton
Knossington
Langham
Leicester
Liddington
Little Dalby
Little Stretton
Loddington
Long Clawson
Long Whatton
Loughborough
Lowesby
Lubenham
Lutterworth
Manton
Marefield
Market Bosworth
Market Harborough
Market Overton
Markfield
Measham
Melton Mowbray
Moira
Morcott
Mountsorrel
Mowsley
Narborough
Nether Broughton
Newbold Verdon
Newtown Limford
Normanton le Heath
Normanton upon Soar
North Luffenham
Norton juxta Twycross
Oadby
Oakham
Old Dalby
Orton on the Hill
Owston
Packington
Peatling Magna
Peatling Parva
Pickworth
Preston
Queniborough
Quorndon
Ragdale
Ratcliffe on the Wreake
Ravenstone
Rearsby
Redmile
Rempstone
Ridlington
Rothley
Saddington
Saltby
Sapcote
Sawley
Saxby
Saxelby
Scalford
Seagrave
Sewstern
Shackerstone
Shardlow
Sharnford
Shearsby
Sheepy
Shenton
Shepshed
Sibson
Sileby
Skeffington
Slawston
Smisby
Snarestone
Somerby
South Luffenham
South Witham
Sprowston
Sproxton
Stanford on Soar
Stapleford
Stathern
Staunton in the Vale
Stockerston
Stoke Golding
Stonesby
Stoney Stanton
Swannington
Swithland
Syston
Thornton
Thorpe Langton
Thorpe Satchville
Thringstone
Thurcaston
Thurnby
Tickencote
Tilton
Tonge
Tugby
Tur Langton
Twycross
Twyford
Ullesthorpe
Upper Broughton
Upper Hambleton
Uppingham
Waltham on the Wolds
Walton
Walton le Wolds
Wartnaby
Whetstone
Whitwick
Wigston Magna
Wigston Parva
Willoughby on the Wolds
Wing
Withcote
Woodhouse
Woodville
Woolsthorpe
Worthington
Wymeswold
Wymondham
Wysall

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Status: Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region: East Midlands
Area: 2,156 sq. km
Admin HQ: Glenfield
ISO 3166-2: GB-EC
ONS code: 31
NUTS 3: UKF22
Population: 915,800 (2005 est.)
Council: Leicestershire County Council

 

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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