Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Local Heroines (A Guided Walk in Leicester)

“Local Heroines” is a Guided Walk in Leicester, devised and led by the well-known Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are an enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The starting point is the Town Hall in Leicester City Centre.

During the walk, Colin discusses some of the women who have left their mark on Leicester’s history.

Some of them are famous. Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days, was a local girl from Bradgate House, and Elizabeth Woodville, who married Edward IV, lived at Groby. One of Bess of Hardwick’s string of marriages was at Bradgate.

Others honoured include Ethelfleda, the daughter of Alfred the Great, who was a great enough general to win back Leicester and the rest of the East Midlands from Danish control; Elizabeth I, who allowed the city to use her motto; and Mary Linwood, who in her day was an internationally-feted needlework artist.

Add the present-day writers Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, and Anne Fine, who created Mrs Doubtfire, not to mention the skiffle singer Nancy Whiskey, and you have a first-rate bunch.

Then there are the less well known women, including the ones who put up a fight when Charles I was besieging Leicester, and the early suffagettes.

They have all helped to make Leicester what it is today.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Local Heroines' costs £3.50 per person, or £2.50 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Town Hall, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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