A look at the most frequently asked questions about Leicestershire and surrounding counties on Google produced some amusing results.
Using Google’s Autocomplete function with the search questions ‘Is’ and ‘Why’ we were able to see what the most searched questions were about each county.
Whether the results are a reflection on the actual counties or the people searching is up for debate. But we have tried to be helpful by answering some of the burning questions according to the Google searches.
For Leicestershire, the most Googled search questions were ‘Is Leicestershire ok’ and ‘Why is Leicestershire associated with foxes’.
So is Leicestershire ok? I suppose it depends on your definition of ok but it seems the county fares a bit better than that.
In a recent Reader’s Digest Poll, Leciestershire achieved the most entries in the Top 40 ‘Best places to bring up your family’. The poll revealed that the most important requirements for a family friendly area include good state schools, a low crime rate, good local hospitals, affordable housing and high employment.
And one of the jewels in the crown is Market Harborough which has been named one of the top 50 best towns and suburbs to live in by The Sunday Times. The paper’s list combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance.
There is also a thriving sporting scene with Leicester City Football Club currently in the Premier League and other notable sports clubs such as Leicester Tigers (rugby union), Leicester Riders (basketball), Leicester Lions (speedway) and the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Just why is the county associated with Foxes? The symbol of the county council, Leicestershire CCC, Leicester City and Leicestershire Scouts is the red fox.
The county is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting as it is known today. Hugo Meynell of Quorn, Master of the Quorn Hunt 1753–1800, is known as the father of fox hunting. Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough both have associations with fox hunting, as has neighbouring Rutland.
But what of some of Leicestershire’s near neighbour counties? The Google Autocomplete search for other counties included:
‘Is Northamptonshire a good place to live’ and ‘Why is Northamptonshire called the rose of the shires’.
‘Why is Warwickshire associated with bears’ and ‘Is Warwickshire near Birmingham’.
‘Is Bedford awful’ and ‘Why is Bedford not on Google maps’.
‘Why is Buckinghamshire postcode HP’ and ‘Is Buckinghamshire posh’.
‘Why is Hertfordshire so expensive’ and ‘Is Hertfordshire a city’.
‘Why is Oxfordshire abbreviated to Oxon’ and ‘Is Oxfordshire going to get snow’.
It could be worse, though. The most common search for Essex is ‘Why is Essex so bad’ while the capital city is ‘Why is London so crap’.