By Stephen Butt
John Nichols' huge heritage and Antiquities of the County of Leicester has been the root of old learn in Leicestershire because it used to be accomplished in 8 giant volumes in 1815. With thousands of phrases, together with transcripts of records from the Domesday publication onwards, and hundreds of thousands of engravings of church buildings, their monuments, homes, lakes, abbeys, castles, coats of palms or even fossils, this was once a venture on a scale by no means envisaged ahead of, and infrequently seeing that. A London printer via exchange, Nichols had connections with numerous vital Leicestershire households, and either one of his other halves had their kin roots within the county. even though he endured to provide his different courses comparable to the Gentleman's journal, Nichols committed over 1 / 4 of a century to his nice paintings, within which time he organised a small military of artists and engravers, communicated with nearly each clergyman and important landowner within the county and visited for my part a few of the church buildings and homes illustrated in his volumes. regardless of the inevitable inaccuracies in any such monstrous project, Nichols continues to be the main consulted textual content on Leicestershire, and the 1st resource to be consulted through any historian studying the historical past of the realm. His paintings used to be a list of switch and improvement: Nichols' misplaced Leicestershire now celebrates his devotion and dedication to the county through taking a look at how many of the constructions he illustrated 200 years in the past have survived to the current day.