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Clipsham, Rutland

Historical Description

Clipsham or Kelpisham, a village and a parish in Rutland, adjacent to the boundary with Lincoln, 4 miles W by S of Little Bytham station on the G.N.R., and 9 NNW of Stamford, with a post office under Oakham; money order and telegraph office, Castle Bytham. Acreage, 1669; population, 178. Clipsham Hall, the seat of the Davenport-Handley family, is a fine mansion of stone in the Doric style. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, £217 with residence. The church (St Mary's), an ancient building of stone in mixed styles, has among its painted windows one made up of ancient glass removed from Pickworth, and is very interesting and in thoroughly good order. There was formerly a small chantry (St Nicholas').

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 parishClipsham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionStamford 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1726, several volumes of an earlier period being missing.

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



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone in the Early English, Norman and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles, north chapel, south porch and a western tower with broach spire, containing 3 bells: the nave is Norman, the chancel Decorated, and the aisles Early English, but one of the buttresses of the original Norman edifice remains on the west side of the tower: the north chapel retains some ancient stained glass, with the arms of the Neville family: there are also remains of an ancient chantry, dedicated to St. Nicholas, on the south side of the nave: in the church is a handsome marble monument to the Snow family, dated 1706, a brass to the Rev. Matthew Snow M.A. d. April, 1809, and other memorials to persons of the same name: the church was restored and the whole of the windows filled with stained glass in 1858, chiefly at the cost of J. N. Paget esq. and family: there are 250 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 Clipsham 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 Clipsham 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