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Leicestershire lives

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of people who’ve shaped British history, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB currently includes the life stories of 57,800 men and women who died in or before 2007.


Robert BakewellOf these 57,800 people, nearly 1000 have close ties to Leicestershire —through families, education, work or residence.


Below you’ll find some famous (and less-well-known) Leicestershire faces, including farmer Robert Bakewell (left) and travel agent Thomas Cook. Click on an image to read more. Then discover the ‘who and how’ in Leicestershire by searching the ODNB for people by place.



John Johnson Thomas Cook Jessie Pope Joe Orton
Caroline Biggs John Manners
Philip Larkin Daniel Lambert Henry Hastings C. P. Snow

Who and how? in Leicestershire

As well as looking for people by name, you can also search by place, for example:



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How do I search?

Finding people in the Oxford DNB is easy.

  • to discover more Leicestershire people simply use the ‘place’ option on the People Search page. You can find people who were born, baptized, educated or resident in Leicestershire (or elsewhere), or who died and were buried here. Search by county, city, town, village, church, and even street.
  • you can also search the ODNB’s 66 million words for places (e.g. Belvoir Castle) For this use Text Search.

We also have more tips on using the ODNB for local and family history.


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