Heritage panels tell story of Leicester

More of the city’s popular heritage interpretation panels are being installed in August.

The panels, which celebrate Leicester's 2,000 years of history, feature information on key buildings and well-known individuals associated with Leicester.

The latest installations include a series of panels called ‘Modern Leicester’, which focus on buildings of interest in the city since 1918. These include the former Palais de Dance and Lewis’s Tower, both in Humberstone Gate, and the former Leicester City Bus Depot, in the Cultural Quarter.

The Palais de Dance was built in 1927, and quickly became established as an upmarket dance venue complete with fountain, ornate plasterwork and crystal chandeliers. For the best part of 85 years, this building was the home of dance in Leicester.

It saw many name changes in more recent years ¬– including The Studio, Zoots and Sosho – but to many local people, it will remain the place where they met their future husband or wife.

Lewis’s Tower has remained a popular landmark in the city, even after the demise of the department store below that gave it its name. The art deco tower – sometimes likened to the bridge of an ocean liner – conjures up fond memories of the store, which was well known for its Christmas grotto and decorations.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These panels are proving very popular with both visitors to the city and local people, so I’m really pleased that we’re able to add more of them to the city’s streets.

“Leicester has a rich, 2,000-year history and it’s important that we celebrate and value this. The latest installation of panels includes information on some of Leicester’s more recent historical landmarks, which I’m sure will be of great interest to many people.

“They will be in place in time for our City Festival, from 21 August, so that lots of visitors to the city over the summer Bank Holiday weekend will be able to enjoy and appreciate them, alongside the events and attractions of offer for the festival.”

To find out more about Leicester’s heritage, visit www.storyofleicester.info

Last updated September 2015