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The Green Bicycle Mystery

The Green Bicycle Mystery

This year marks the centenary of Leicester's most notorious cold case - the murder of  Bella Wright

GB arriving at Castle

Leicester remembers

On a cloudy summer evening in 1919, near the quiet Leicestershire village of Little Stretton, a young woman named Bella Wright was killed. 

Witnesses saw only a mysterious man riding a green bicycle. 

This unsolved case is considered one of Britain’s most infamous of the 20th century. Yet, it continues to be a subject that triggers curiosity. 

To commemorate the centenary of Leicester’s most notorious cold case, heritage organisations throughout the city have united to tell the story of those involved. 

Over the year (July 2019 – June 2020) there will be a travelling exhibition alongside a series of talks, tours and activities relating to various aspects of the case and life in 1919. 

We hope you will join us in remembering Bella Wright and the Green Bicycle Mystery.  

DMU Heritage Centre exhibition

In partnership with Leicestershire Police, this exhibition marks the beginning of centenary activity. 

The sole suspect linked to Bella’s death was acquitted in 1920.

Since then, more information has been discovered, including witness testimonies, an unauthorised confession and personal police notes, creating new questions and speculations. 

These documents are included in this exhibition, which shares the stories of those involved and provides a summary of the events as they unfolded.

The exhibition also explores life in 1919, setting the scene for the Green Bicycle Mystery, and encourages visitors to question if the jury’s verdict would be different had the event taken place today. 


September 26, 6pm to 9pm

Roger Lovell is a cycle and local historian who has spent the last 20 years researching the history of cycling in Leicestershire. His talk will explore the first 50 pioneering years of cycling in the county, and shall include the social changes which led to women, such as the Green Bicycle Mystery's Bella Wright, enjoying the freedom and independence to cycle.

Click here to book - places are free

Entry to The Green Bicycle Mystery Exhibition follows this talk.

Check this page regularly for event updates including:   

Author and historian talks

Curator talks

Walking tours

Cycling tours 


Leicester City Council's Open Streets event commemorated the Green Bicycle Mystery.  Open Streets is supported by Ride Leicester, British Cycling, Sustrans East Midlands, Choose How You Move Leicester & Leicestershire, Townscape Heritage Project, King Richard III Visitor Centre , Leicester Cathedral and Leicester Markets.

Rex vs Ronald Light

See the re-enactment of the trial at the Leicester Castle Courtroom as part of the Ride Leicester festival.