LEICESTER City’s new market square to be named after a ‘medieval inn’

City's new market square to be named after medieval inn//crimson tazvinzwa
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A NEW public square in Leicester city centre is to be named after a medieval inn that once stood on the site.

A NEW public square in Leicester city centre is to be named after a medieval inn that once stood on the site.
A NEW public square in Leicester city centre is to be named after a medieval inn that once stood on the site photo by crimson tazvinzwa.

The attractive space at the back of the city’s historic Corn Exchange – created when the city council demolished a 1970s market hall – has been known as ‘the new market square’ since its completion in 2017.

But, finally, the square is to have its own identity, with the city council announcing that the space is to be called Green Dragon Square – a move that will bring back to life some long-forgotten stories from the area.

Extract of Leicester map from the 1844 Ordnance Survey, showing the location of the Green Dragon inn: courtesy of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland
Extract of Leicester map from the 1844 Ordnance Survey, showing the location of the Green Dragon inn: courtesy of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This part of Leicester is steeped in history, with the market at the very heart of medieval life in the city.

LEICESTER City’s new market square to be named after a ‘medieval inn’ by CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

“By naming our new market square after the Green Dragon inn, we’ll create another link with Leicester’s past and ensure that the Green Dragon’s fascinating story is shared with a new generation of visitors to Leicester’s historic market place.”

New heritage panels that tell the story of the Green Dragon inn and the death of John Fenton will be installed in the square later this year.

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