City Themes

The Wyvern Around Leicester - contributed by Angela Jennings

The Wyvern is a winged dragon-like, mythical creature with 2 legs and a barbed serpent tail.

It was incorporated into the coat of arms of Leicester City in 1619. The Wyvern was the crest of Thomas Crouchback, more commonly referred to as Thomas of Lancaster, who lived in the early fourteenth century and was a powerful earl of five cities including Leicester.

You can see the Wyvern all over Leicester on roof tops, carved into walls, on weather vanes, and atop wrought iron gates. It is worth going on a Wyvern hunt to see how many you can spot.

Wyvern One Wyvern Two Wyvern Three
Wyvern Four Wyvern Five Wyvern Six
Wyvern Seven Wyvern Eight Wyvern Nine

The essence of Leicester

Evington Road Mosque Lions in Town Hall Square War Memorial New Walk Museum Leicester Cathedral with blossom
Champions 2016 Red Leicester Choir Caribbean Carnival Abbey Pumping Station Leicester Curve - Old and New Leicester Market
The Avenue, Victoria Park The National Space Centre