Leicestershire is bounded, North by Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, East by Rutlandshire and Lincolnshire, South by Northamptonshire, and West by part of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Warwickshire. It is about 30 miles long, and 25 broad; and is divided into six Hundreds: Framland, Gastree, Goscote (East), Goscote (West), Guthlaxton, Sparkenhoe. Rivers: the Soar, the Swift, the Welland, the Avon, the Wreke, and the Anker. It has 12 Market- Towns; is in the Province or Canterbury, in the Diocese of Lincoln, and in the Midland Circuit. Area, 804 square miles, or 514,560 acres. Population, 215,867.
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.