Hallaton is ninety-four miles from London; has a market on Thursday, and fairs on Ascension-day, May 23, June 13; and a charity-school. This place is noted for its poverty in the midst of a rich soil.
The Fosse-way leads from hence through the north-west part of this county; but, when it enters Nottinghamshire, it inclines north-east, through the vale of Belvoir, or, as it is commonly called, of Bever, to Newark. All this long track is through a rich and fertile country, having north-eastward the noble river Trent, for twenty miles together, often in view.
Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Vol. 5.