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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Brooke St. Peter|
|Hundred||Soke of Oakham|
|Poor Law union||Oakham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Brooke (St. Peter))
- Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1928
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
The Visitation of Rutland, 1618-19 and The Visitation of Rutland 1681-2 are available to browse on the Heraldry page.