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LEICESTER is an inland shire, but near the eastern sea; in shape it is hollow towards the north, and running to a peak towards the south, and is 39 miles from north to south, and 38 from east to west. The county is bounded on the north by Nottinghamshire, on the east by Lincolnshire and Rutland, on the southeast by Northamptonshire, on the south-west by Warwickshire, and on the north-west by Derbyshire. The Staffordshire border touches on the west, Watling Street is the boundary on the south-west and the Avon and Welland rivers on the south-east. The Soar and Trent make part of the winding northern border.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1916