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Ratby has a long and interesting history. The oldest known human settlement was at the Bury Camp, an Iron Age encampment dating back about 3,000 years. About 1,950 years ago the Roman Army adapted the camp for temporary use as a fort. Sadly, the site is seldom open to the public. The church was built in the medieval period. There are also some cottages dating back several centuries.
The Industrial Revolution also brought the railway. Ratby had a station on the Leicester to Swannington line, one of the first lines in the world, opened in 1832. Before the station was built in 1876, passengers bought their tickets in the front room of the Railway Inn. The railway is no more, but the inn still exists and the old ticket office is now a bar!
The striking war memorial, the 'Angel of Peace' constructed after the First World War, was unveiled in 1920 by the British Army Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Haig. This walk will also take you past a stone and slate memorial to 28 British victims who were killed in the Bali bombings on 12th October 2002.
Ratby Burroughs is in two parts: the southern part of fairly new plantations and the northern part, ancient woodlands with carpets of wood anemones and bluebells during the season. Both are part of the New National Forest.
England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside
Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
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