Belgrave, Leicestershire


Belgrave, Leicestershire

Belgrave is an area in northern Leicester, England. The old Belgrave Village is on the Loughborough Road, to the west of the A46, known at that point as 'Melton Road'.

History

One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands given to Hugh de Grandmesnil "Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration". London: Penguin, 2003. p. 653 ISBN 0-14-143994-7] by the King. The land consisted of a mill, 24 acres of meadow and land for 6 ploughs.

The term was used for the large 19th century terraced developments along the A46 (Belgrave Road and then Melton Road). This area now has a large, vibrant Asian community featuring the Golden Mile (Leicester): a stretch of road a mile long so called due to its particularly high concentration of traffic lights. It is bounded to the south by Leicester City Centre, to the west by the River Soar and to the east by the Midland Main Line.

The Belgrave Hall area is a conservation area [http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council--services/regeneration--culture/environmentdevelopment/urbandesign/conservation-areas/list-of-conservation-areas/belgrave-hall Leicester Council Conservation areas] ] .

Old Belgrave is the original village and church, and was once nicknamed "Dummy Town", not because the inhabitants were stupid but because they would never inform to the police and solved village problems themselves.Fact|date=May 2008

Belgrave Square in London was once owned by the same family that owned Old Belgrave Village and this is where Belgrave Square and the name Belgravia originate.Fact|date=May 2008 According to the 2001 UK Census, 104 Pacific Islander born people were reciding in Belgrave, with many more being of Pacific Islander descent, this is the largest number for any location in the UK. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/uk/05/born_abroad/countries/html/other_oceania.stm Pacific Islanders in Belgrave] ]

Etymology

The settlement has been meant in Domesday Book as "Merdegrave" (from Old English "mearð" ‘marten’ + "grāf" ‘grove’). However, after the Norman Conquest the first part of the name "merde" was taken to be Old French ‘dung’ or ‘shit’, hence the people changed it to Old French "beu", "bel" ‘fair’, ‘lovely’, in order to remove that unpleasant association.

References

External links

*gbmapping|SK592069
* [http://www.goleicestershire.com/shopping/belgrave.htm Tourist info for Belgrave]


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