Leicester, anciently known as Legerceastre, is the county seat of Leicestershire
. Situated on the Soar
, it is 27 miles south of Nottingham
and 97 miles northwest of London
. The present city was built on the site of a Roman camp.
The city was one of the Danish "five burghs" and later formed part of the Kingdom of Wessex. It has several ancient churches, including St Nicholas, with a Norman tower.