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Where are the Leicestershire Wolds?
For those not local to the Leicestershire Wolds the following maps may help.
Leicestershire is a roughly heart-shaped county in the middle of England. The Wolds are in the 'cleft' of the heart.
The surface geology is predominately glacial tills ('boulder clay'). The south-eastern parishes drain into the River Wreake, a tributary of the River Soar, while the western parishes drain more directly into the Soar (which forms the western-most boundary of Prestwold, Burton and Walton parishes).
Reading clockwise from top right the parishes are:
The Fosse Way (the Roman road running from Dorset to Lincoln via Cirencester and Leicester) bisects the Wolds parishes, heading north to Newark. Most of the parishes to the east have names with Scandinavian elements, suggesting considerable Viking settlement in the later ninth century. The parishes to the west mostly do not have Scandinavian elements (Willoughby is an exception) suggesting that the Fosse Way became a boundary during the Anglo-Saxon era. This is still the boundary between administrative districts (currently Charnwood Borough Council and Melton District Council; historically Goscote Hundred and Framland Hundred).
A second, more minor, Roman road (running from Barrow on Soar to Eastwell) obliquely crosses the Fosse Way at Six Hills. The site of Vernemetum, a Roman small town, is further north, close to the tripoint of Willoughby, Wymeswold and Old Dalby parish boundaries.
The Wolds Historical Organisation has members from the villages to the west of the Fosse Way. In the eastern half Thrussington currently has an active local history society.