Brief commentary

After examining the timeline, you should return to the map of Leicester and select a period.



Principally, what you will discover from the timeline is that Leicester has 2,000 years of history, from its position as a regional capital (civitas) for the Roman administration of the area of the tribe the Corieltauvi through to the present. Its oldest standing building - the 'Jewry Wall' - was erected during the Roman occupation, its construction estimated to have been about A.D. 150.

Divided into two millennia by Domesday Book (traditionally dated as 1086), the timeline above Domesday Book pertains to the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Danish occupations. Below Domesday Book, the timeline exhibits the more compressed development from medieval to modern. In the subsequent web pages, the detail of these transitions and transformations of Leicester are elaborated.