The modern see, created out of the Peterborough diocese in 1926, comprises Leicestershire without Rutland. The see's existence began in 737, when it was one of six, planned by Offa for his projected archbishopric of Lichfield. But when the 9th‐cent. Danish invasions made Leicester untenable, the diocese was moved to Dorchester (c.870).
Subjects: British History.