Living in Rutland

Rutland is a beautiful and ancient county, a green jewel set in the middle of England and is designated as England’s “Smallest County” with the motto of “Multum in Parvo” meaning Much in Little. It is 18 miles from North to South and only 17 miles from East to West and boasts the smallest population of any unitary authority in England.

Oakham Castle – right in the centre of this beautiful English Market Town

The county town of Rutland is Oakham, a real market town which sits right in the centre of the county, Rutland’s second market town of Uppingham is toward the Southern boundary and roughly 6 miles from Oakham.

Oakham has at its heart the castle seen above dating back to 1180 which has England’s most complete Norman Great Hall, it is surrounded by open grassy areas and close to the prestigious Oakham School which was founded in 1584 and attracts scholars from all over the world.

Post Office Lane in Lyndon, an idyllic Rutland village with around 130 residents

Rutland has 52 villages some are very small Hamlets such as Pilton with only a handful of homes and around just 40 residents whereas the average village size is around 500 residents. The largest villages such as Ketton and Cottesmore have well over 1,000 residents but still retain the beautiful rural charm of their surroundings.

Normanton Church on Rutland Water
Normanton Church which nestles into the South shore of Rutland Water

And of course there is Rutland Water at the centre of the county which attracts visitors and wildlife throughout the year. Cycle tracks, paths, pubs and cafes surround its 26 mile perimeter and make it an ideal place for an evening stroll or morning run, the sailing club, fishing, bird watching and water sports also make it a haven for a wide variety of people who all share their love for Rutland’s beauty and diversity,

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