New Homes in the East Midlands
New Homes in the East Midlands
Welcome to the East Midlands
Encompassing the counties of Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, the East Midlands is a region filled with vibrant cities, charming countryside and cultural attractions. Including the towns and cities of Derby, Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester and Loughborough, the area has lots of job opportunities as well as some of the best universities in the country. It’s also popular for it’s good transport links to the likes of London, Birmingham and beyond.
A quick history
Nottingham started life in the 9th century as a small village, and became a fortified town belonging to the Danish in the 9th century. A wooden castle was built by William the Conqueror, and was later replaced with stone around two hundred years later. Leicester dates back to Celtic times, and became a Roman settlement in 47AD. It was deserted by the Romans, but later became a growing town from the 9th century onwards.
The East Midlands had a number of famous residents in the history books, including Sir Isaac Newton who was born in Grantham. Nottingham and Sherwood Forest was home to Robin Hood, a mythical character probably based on real outlaws, who is still popular in folk tales today. In the 20th century, many places were bombed by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War, including Nottingham, Leicester and the ‘most bombed’ village in Britain, Kirby Muxloe.
Businesses and industry
Historically, the East Midlands is known for industries including wool-making, stoneware and glass-making in Nottingham, hosiery, pharmaceuticals, printing, food processing in Leicester, and textiles in Derby. Today, there’s a wide range of industries in the area including retail, automotives and construction.
There are a number of large businesses now operating from the East Midlands, including Boots in Nottingham, Travis Perkins in Northampton, Booker Group in Wellingborough and Pendragon in Nottingham. Other well-known big businesses with headquarters in the region include Next, Sytner Group, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce, Totalcare Services, Experian, Carlsberg and Caterpillar.
Things to do in the area
From your home in the East Midlands, you’ll be within easy reach of many attractions spanning historic sites, sporting arenas and shopping centre. In Lincoln, there are lots of places to visit including Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Aviation Heritage Centre, Lincoln Castle and the famous inclines of Steep Hill. Nottingham has the Galleries of Justice, the City of Caves and the National Ice Centre, while Derby is home to Calke Abbey, Pickford’s House, and Donington Park nearby.
Other popular places to visit in the East Midlands include the National Space Centre, Hawks of Steele, Bradgate Park, Dovedale, Wollaton Hall and Park, the Great Central Railway and Buxton Country Park. If you’re interested in history and the royals, the King Richard III Visitor Centre shows where the monarch’s remains were found in 2012, while the National Tramway Museum explores the heritage of the region’s tramlines, especially between 1900 and 1930.
For sport, 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City play at the King Power Stadium, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club play at Trent Bridge, and the Leicester Tigers rugby club play at Welford Road Stadium.
Travel and industry
The main motorway through the East Midlands is the M1, which connects London in the south with Leeds in the north, while the M42, M69 and M6 are all close by. A roads connect the towns and cities in the region, including the A1, A43, A46 and A5.
If you use public transport, the region has a good train service linking Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Loughborough and Lincoln with one another, and to major UK towns and cities including London and Birmingham. A journey from Nottingham to London takes around 2 hours by train. For international travel, East Midlands Airport has flights with major airlines to destinations around the world. Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is also close by.