The History of Greyfriars By Despina Charalambous

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in UK, its history started 2,000 years ago, it was first settled by the capital of Celtic Corieltauvi and later on by the Romans. It is important to learn a few key facts about the history of Leicester so that we understand and acknowledge that we should not neglect or forget important parts of the city that exist for 2,000 years. As you walk in the Grey Friars area you will notice a narrow road called New Street. New street is a small example of why we are doing this project on the Grey Friars area, it’s a part of Leicester that goes way back in history but is almost forgotten by many. Most buildings are at risk and need to be assessed.

By the middle of the eighteenth century red break was established as the favorite building material in Leicester, right about then New Street appeared In the Grey Friars area in the middle of the century. Most of the buildings in the area were built with similar classical proportions and style. New street is like a Georgina Town but different than any other and in a way unique; it is built in an irregular line and walking along the street you will notice that the road gets narrow and has a swerve in the middle. While you walk down the road you will see that at either end the view is held back until you turn the corner. If you are walking to the north you will see one of the best views in Leicester, which is the Cathedral tower and its spire. If you are walking in the other direction to the southern end of the street the end view you will be another Georgian building on Friar Lane, Friar Lane is the opposite of New Street, its broader and the houses are larger, the buildings there, belong to wealthy merchants professional people who were building for themselves large townhouses. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries changes occurred on New Street but did not spoil its Georgian character. All the houses in New Street have good proportions and appropriate fittings and finishes, but are not big. Georgian architecture is classical with rich detail but it can be characterized, as harmonic, the doors and windows are the most important features of the Georgian buildings.

By preserving and restoring historic buildings in the area we could improve the connections in the area between heritage, leisure, shopping, housing, office facilities and etc.

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