Volsted is located in central Himmerland and is Denmark's oldest and best preserved apron town". The "apron" was the oval, half-kilometre long common that the farms surrounded. It was an arena of sorts - and Volsted Apron housed a small lake, a grassy common and the village hall. Around 1800, the land around the village was distributed among the farmers. Each was given a wedge-shaped parcel of land that was connected to their property. Dividing the land up in this way meant that all the farmers could keep living in the village. In many other areas, land redistribution meant farmers had to move out of the village to where their new parcels were located. "
The Danish word for this type of village is related to the word for pavement", and was essentially the space worn down in front of the farms. All villages needed some kind of open space for such things as ponds. Aprons came in all sizes, and in some places may have been nothing more than a widened section of the village road. In some villages with large aprons, they were crucial in determining the way the towns developed. Aprons were either square, rectangular or circular. Normally the surrounding farms all sat on identical plots all the way around. The apron belonged to everyone in the village and could only be used for things that benefitted the community, such as a smithy or a pond. After the land redistributions, most aprons succumbed to development. "