But First, Island Line On 1st November
The Frequent Fourteens
The moated lodge known as Birds Nest Lodge was the centre of the former Leicester Frith Deer Park. The lodge is believed to have been the principal hunting lodge for the Leicester Forest in which the Earls of Leicester (subsequently Earls, then Dukes of Lancaster) held the rights to 'vert and venison'. The earliest references to a park being created from the forest date from 1297 and it was much reduced in size in 1526 to create 'New Parks'. The lodge was first mentioned in 1362 and was rebuilt with a moat in 1378.
What was left of the moat was filled in in 1940, but if you know where to look, you can see just a tiny depression that is a moaty McMoatface remnant; see "Moat" and "Birds Nest", centre left in the 1940s map below.