Quorn Village Location - Travellers' Guide
is one of a large number of terrestrial villages on this good-looking
planet. It lies in the Northern Hemisphere, on a large island called
Great Britain. Great Britain is part of a much larger geographical
area called Europe.
countries within Europe are moving towards a common state, and most
European countries are already using the same currency. At the moment,
lots of different languages are spoken throughout Europe, but English
is predominantly spoken in Britain. The reddy-brown island on the
left map shows mainland Britain.
Britain's history has been pretty wild. It's been invaded loads of
times over the last few thousand years, but things have settled down
quite a bit since then. It was once the most northern point of the
Roman empire, and substantial parts of a stone wall still exist in
the north. The Romans were very pragmatic - they couldn't conquer
the Scots and there was little they wanted from Scotland, so they
simply built a wall from the east coast to the west coast (some history
books say it was built from the west coast to the east coast). Today
it would be much more difficult to get planning permission. The red
dot on the map on the right shows the approximate position of Quorn
Village - more on that later.
Britain is comprised of three countries - England, Scotland, and Wales.
People born in these countries are English, Scotish, or Welsh. These
are all part of one island. The United Kingdom (UK) comprises Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, part of the large island off the coast
to the west. The Republic of Ireland (shown light-green) is not actually
part of the UK, but English is generally spoken there, and they serve
the best Guinness in the world. Irish girls are also extremely pretty.
The weather across the countries varies a lot. Scotland generally
seems to come off the worst in all the forecasts - it's often cold
and wet, but the scenery is quite superb. Ireland also gets its fair
share of rain, but this makes the land highly fertile for growing
crops, hence the name of the Emerald Isle.
England has a lot of variation in its weather, the warmest and dryest
conditions found in the southeast (county of Kent) and southwest (county
of Cornwall). Wales has weather similar to the Midlands.
The weather in all countries can change from clear sunshine to snow
in an hour or two, which is why the weather is often a topic of conversation
- you blink and it changes. This can be very tough when you're on
is the largest country in the UK. Within England there are a number
of regions which have evolved geographical names over the years. Regions
can have very different characteristics, such as terrain and language
dialects. House prices vary enourmously across the country. More importantly,
the price of a pint of beer also varies wildly.
The Village of Quorn lies in the East Midlands region. As the name
implies, this region is in the middle and slightly to the east. Regions
are really only administrative in nature. If you wanted to tell someone
where you came from, you'd tell them the county.
regions within England are divided up into a number of counties. Historically
many of these counties took their names from the times when nobility
owned large areas of land. Some names also retain Saxon influences.
The result is a bit of a muddle, and some of the names are pretty
long, but it all seems to work. Many counties have the word shire
in them (such as Oxfordshire and Yorkshire). This can be viewed as
just another word for a county.
Quorn Village is in the county of Leicestershire and is situated fairly
centrally in England (see the red dot on the map on the left). One
of its claims to fame is that it's about as far away from the sea
as you can get in the UK. This is pretty good news if you worry a
lot about global warming.
The main city in the county of Leicestershire is Leicester. Counties
and cities often have linked names. Traditionally a city had to have
a cathedral or else it was just a town, although it's not certain
that the distinction applies today.
Quorn village is about ten miles north of the City of Leicester. The
M1 motorway (London to Leeds) is only a few miles to the west. East
Midlands Airport is about ten miles to the north west. The town of
Loughborough and village of Barrow are both very near - Quorn is just
a few miles south east of Loughborough.
Quorn is surrounded by farmland, and the river Soar snakes through
the southern end of the village. The Great Central railway regularly
runs steam trains through Quorn on the way to Leicester or Loughborough.
In the centre of the village is St. Bartholomew's Church and churchyard
containing gravestones going back hundreds of years. The church area
is one of the oldest parts of the village. More modern developments
have spread the village outwards over the years, but the centre remains
the most active part of the village and contains most of the village's
pubs and shops.
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