Our latest instalment of our handy guides to student life focuses on the promised land of Lenton. With its indisputable charm (and opportunistic criminality), one cannot help but fall in love with the place. So here is all you need to know:
1) In a recent study, Lenton was voted in the top ten worst places to live in the world – As shocking as it sounds, the area actually finished AHEAD of Damascus, Baghdad and the Gaza Strip in the survey.
2) In 2010, the Students Union launched a petition to change the name of Lenton to ‘Little London’ – although ultimately rejected by the council, the petition received over 6000 signatures.
3) During the 1990s, one of the events on the hit television show ‘Gladiators’ was filmed on Kimbolton Avenue – The infamous ‘Gauntlet’ was filmed here, challenging contestants to make it from one end of the road to the other without having any of their personal effects stolen. Few made it the whole way.
4) In early 2013, 17 appeal videos for ‘Children in Need’ were filmed in student houses in Lenton – One video focused on the tragic tale of three girls from Henley-on-Thames who were unable to purchase Duchy’s Originals from the Sainsbury’s Local on Lenton Boulevard. A harrowing tale.
5) Lenton is in fact an old Saxon word meaning ‘Pre-Lash’ – Right from its creation as a settlement, Lenton has been a constant haven for the phenomenon of pre-drinking. Most notably during the Victorian era, where people drank there before visiting the first ‘Crisis’ night in 1873.
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