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Leices·ter 1

A borough of central England east-northeast of Birmingham. Built on the site of a Roman settlement, it is an important industrial center.

Leices·ter 2

1. Any of a breed of large, white-faced sheep having long coarse wool, developed in Leicestershire, a county of central England.
2. A hard cheese similar to Cheddar and usually orange.


1. (Placename) a city in central England, in Leicester unitary authority, on the River Soar: administrative centre of Leicestershire: Roman remains and a ruined Norman castle; two universities (1957, 1992); light engineering, hosiery, and footwear industries. Pop: 283 900 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in central England, in Leicestershire. Pop: 330 574 (2001). Area: 73 sq km (28 sq miles)
3. (Placename) short for Leicestershire
4. (Breeds) a breed of sheep with long wool, originally from Leicestershire
5. (Cookery) a fairly mild dark orange whole-milk cheese, similar to Cheddar


(Biography) Earl of. title of Robert Dudley. ?1532–88, English courtier; favourite of Elizabeth I. He led an unsuccessful expedition to the Netherlands (1585–87)


(ˈlɛs tər)

1. 1st Earl of, Dudley, Robert.
2. a city in Leicestershire, in central England. 293,400.
4. one of an English breed of large sheep, noted for its coarse, long wool and large yield of mutton.
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Bosworth Field - the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Leicester - an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
2.Leicester - an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
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Around 7,000 visitors are expected to turn out on the day, when tours of the Marston's Lakeland farm - home to the wellknown North of England muleproducing Highberries Crossing Blue-Faced Leicester flock - will be offered.
Another quality indicator is the price paid each year for the 20 to 30 Blue-Faced Leicester rams sold at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales each year.
After 31 years of trying, Llanrwst breeder Elfyn Owen finally got his hands on a Royal Welsh interbreed sash when winning the supreme lowland sheep championship with a Blue-Faced Leicester yearling ram.
The second highest sale price of 4,800gns went to Anglesey breeders Myrfyn and Jane Roberts for their Blue-Faced Leicester lamb, which took the breed championship to the family's Myfyrian flock for the second consecutive year.
Other headline prices included 4,800 guineas for a Blue-Faced Leicester ram lamb, 4,200gns for a Charollais shearling, 2,700gns for a Lleyn shearling and 2,700gns for a Border Leicester shearling.
As a farmer's son from Cumbria, he was brought up among Swaledale and Blue-faced Leicester sheep, and his father is a renowned breeder of fine Mules.
Getting the judge's nod was a Blue-faced Leicester ram lamb bred by Elfyn Owen, Ffridd Arw, Llanddoged, who also secured the Welsh Mule title.