Leicester in the 1970s

The 1970s was an era of change in the city’s landscape, industry and population. After the end of World War Two much old housing was cleared and new housing estates and roads were built.

The city centre was remodelled and modernised with new shopping centres and theatres.

Zodiac Toys in the Haymarket Shopping Centre, which opened in 1973

Zodiac Toys in the Haymarket Shopping Centre, which opened in 1973

Leicester Mercury front page from 28th September 1972 showing typical headlines of the time including; strikes, IRA actions and immigration.

Leicester Mercury front page from 28th September 1972 showing typical headlines of the time including; strikes, IRA actions and immigration.

The population also changed in the 1960s and 1970s, with new communities arriving from the British Commonwealth.

The city’s economy was based on a number of industries including hosiery, boot and shoe and engineering. Unusually, Leicester provided a large number of jobs for both men and women, making it an attractive place to live.

Like the rest of the United Kingdom, Leicester had its problems. Industry suffered from overseas competition and costly strikes and the rapid population growth sometimes caused friction over potential housing shortages.

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Belgrave Flyover was built in 1976 to ease traffic to Belgrave Road

Belgrave Flyover was built in 1976 to ease traffic to Belgrave Road