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Brooke, Rutland

Historical Description

Brooke, a village and a parish in Rutland, on the brook Gwash, 2½ miles SSE of Oakham station on the M.R. Post town, Oakham, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage of parish, 1439; population, 102. A small Augustinian priory was founded here in the time of Richard I. by Hugh Ferrers, made subordinate to the monastery of Kenilworth, and given at the dissolution to Anthony Coope. The living is a chapelry, annexed with Egleton and Langham to the vicarage of Oakham, in the diocese of Peterborough; united gross yearly value, £800 with residence. It derives its name from the little brook (Saxon, firoc) above mentioned. The church has been thoroughly restored in the Jacobean, its original style.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyRutlandshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBrooke St. Peter 
HundredSoke of Oakham 
Poor Law unionOakham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1685.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Brooke:



Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, separated from the nave by an arcade of five arches, south porch and a low embattled western tower containing 4 bells: in the chancel is a monument to a member of the Noel family, dated 1619, and on the floor are inscribed slabs, dated 1742, to Henry Rawlins and his five wives, four of whom died within 13 years: the church was restored in 1880, at a cost of £1,246, and affords 70 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Brooke from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Rutland is online.


Online maps of Brooke are available from a number of sites:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Rutland, 1618-19 and The Visitation of Rutland 1681-2 are available to browse on the Heraldry page.

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE15
Post TownOakham