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Leicester's Preserved Past

Dr. Srutimala Duara

Every time I go to Leicester, England, I walk along the narrow lanes past the Guildhall wondering at the way such an old building has been preserved. It is one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country dating back 600 years. Located in the old walled city, on a street now known as Guildhall Lane, the Great Hall was built in about 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, a small but powerful group of businessman and gentry. The hall was used for many purposes, including council meetings, feasts, as a courtroom, and for theatrical performances. The Guil