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Leicestershire village is the exact centre of England

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A monument has been unveiled next to a field in Leicestershire designated as the spot which marks the exact centre of England.

For years, a monument in the village of Meriden, near Coventry, has marked what was thought to be the spot.

But in 2002 new, more sophisticated technology employed by national mapping service Ordnance Survey discovered the true spot to be in the middle of a field in Fenny Drayton, near Hinckley.

A monument and plaque, marking the location for future generations, have been installed next to the field.

Ordnance Survey calculated the exact centre 11 years ago and found it to be in a field at Lindley Hall Farm.

The field, on private land, is still used to grow crops, but the owners say it could become a tourist attraction in future.

It has taken until now for the 6ft monument, made from a railway sleeper, to be installed.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, which paid the £200 for the monument, had to negotiate with the landowners over footpath access.

Stephen Farmer, of Lindley Hall Farm, said: "It's a position on the map, the same as Land's End and John O'Groats.

"People go to see (those landmarks) and have their photos taken, so I definitely think it should be known to the public where it is."

David Bill, deputy leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: "We've been talking about this for some considerable time and it's great that we've now got to the point where the official centre of England has finally been marked.

"The delay in putting up the monument was due to negotiations with the landowner and over footpath access, but they've all been overcome now.

"It only came to my attention about a year ago and I've been in negotiation since. It's taken a long time to resolve with all the various interested parties.

"The £200 we paid is minimal cost for something which could be of great benefit to the area. It has put us on the map – quite literally.

"It is a fascinating, historical piece of England, very close to where the Roman roads of Watling Street and Fosse Way cross.

"It is also very close to Bosworth battlefield – it's great that we've now got another spot which is worthy of national recognition."

Steve Wegerif, chairman of Hinckley and Bosworth Tourism Partnership, said :"It is located just a few miles from where the Battle of Bosworth was fought in 1485, which changed the face of England's monarchy forever.

"I think it's absolutely marvellous that it is now where it should be right in the middle of the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth.

"It reminds me of a pin in the middle of a compass, attracting everyone from north, south, east and west."

Leicestershire village is the exact centre of England


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