From Charnwood Roots (Geography and Geology) Feb 23rd 2016

The parish Of Hathern lies at the eastern end of a low ridgeform, between the confluences of the Long Whatton and Black Brooks with the River Soar, the latter constituting the north-eastern boundary Of the parish and its principal drainage.

 

The land to the east of the centrally placed, eponymous village is occupied by alluvial

deposits of the Soar flood-plain, interspersed with sand and gravel 'islands' of the

fragmented Syston terrace. Hathern village is situated where the underlying rocks of the

Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group begin to rise up to the ridgeform, the higher, western

parts (up to c.25ff) being covered by each of the main Leicestershire glacial deposits the

Thrussington (sandy) and Oadby (chalky) Tills.

 

The soils are thus at their heaviest in the west, much lighter to the east, with a median

band around the nose' of the ridge where the Triassic rocks, together with areas Of head'

deposit, are seen to outcrop.

 

References

O.S. maps:

Explorer series (1:25,000) 245 <u>National Forest</u> 2000

Explorer series 246 <u>Loughborough</u> 2000

Landranger series (1:50,000) 129 & 1991

BGS. maps/explanations:

series (England & Wales) E141 <u>L0ughborough</u> (S&D) 2001

Carney J. N. Ambrose K. & Brandon A. 2002 Of Loughborough

District.</u> B.G.S., Keyworth, Nottingham 

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