Leicestershire, from Old John hill
Ours is a beautiful county. If you ever visit, avoid the city because it’s a hole. Head for the countryside instead - from the rolling hills of the north to the farmlands of the south, west to the crucible of our industrial revolution, and east towards the historic heart of High Leicestershire.
Just avoid the bit in the middle.
This is the first of a series of shots I have lined up for you from one of my favourite places in the world - Bradgate Park in my home county of Leicestershire, England.
Historical records show Bradgate Park was a hunting estate as far back as the 13th century. It came into the ownership of the Grey family in the mid 15th century and remained theirs for nearly 500 years. The Greys built Bradgate House in the centre of the park, the ruins of which still stand; this became the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey, the nine day Queen of England, who was later overthrown and executed by order of ‘Bloody’ Mary I aged just 16.
In 1926, the industrialist and philanthropist Charles Bennion bought the park from the Grey family and placed in in trust as a gift to the people of Leicestershire. It remains open to the public to this day, and is maintained in the natural state in which it was given.