The Castle Green

The Castle Green

This is where Richard Ill might be said to meet John Wesley. As King of England, this was Richard’s castle; there is a letter which he signed from ‘my castle in Leicester’. The roof of the great medieval hall (perhaps the largest in the Kingdom) can be seen above the brick front, added about 1695. When John Wesley preached on the green in 1770, it would have had the same enclosed, domestic feel as shown by this photograph. The people of Leicester – mild, serious and tolerant – usually listened intently to Wesley, even when, as happened as he preached here, a fish-seller attempted to disrupt the crowds by crying “fresh salmon”.