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Empingham, Rutland

Historical Description

Empingham, a village and a parish in Rutland. The village stands on the river Gwash, 3½ miles NNW from Ketton station on the M.R., and 6 WNW from Stamford; was once a market-town; is traditionally said to have been anciently an important town, containing two churches. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Stamford. The parish comprises 4875 acres; population, 688. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £380 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Peterborough. The church is Early English, with Norman arches, and has a curious handsome tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The parish has a share in Forster's charities.

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 parishEmpingham St. Peter 
Poor Law unionOakham 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559.

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



Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter, formerly the seat of a prebend, is a large edifice of stone, in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, transepts, south porch, and a fine embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire containing a clock and 6 bells, 5 of which were re-cast and a new bell added in 1895: the chancel retains sedilia and a double piscina, and a priest's doorway; the present transepts were formerly chantry chapels; the Early English south transept has considerable remains of wall painting and two piscinae, as well as a square-headed recess; probably a founder's tomb: in the north-east wall of the nave is one of the original clerestory windows, a plain circular opening: in the north wall of the north transept is a tomb attributed to one of the Normanvills, and also some wall painting: the 17th century pulpit has been reset on a stone base: some of the windows still have remains of ancient heraldic glass: the church was thoroughly restored in 1894-95, when the old pews were removed and the floor re-laid, at a cost of nearly £3,000: there are 350 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Empingham 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 Empingham 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