Stretton, a village and a parish in Rutland, 5½ miles W by S of Little Bytham station on the G.N.R., and 8 NNW from Stamford, with a post office under Oakham; money order and telegraph office, Cottesmore. Acreage, 1976; population, 194. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to the Earl of Ancaster. Stocken Hall is a country mansion standing amidst some thick woods near the boundary of the county with Lincolnshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £220 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in mixed styles, Norman, Early English, and Jacobean.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Stretton St. Nicholas|
|Poor Law union||Oakham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1631.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Stretton:
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The church of St. Nicholas is a building of stone, erected in the 11th century, and consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, transepts, south porch and a small double bell-cote of Early English date, containing 2 bells, dated respectively 1710 and 1663: the earliest portions of the church are Norman, dating from about 1080, and comprise the south doorway and the west and south walls: the arcade between the nave and aisle is Early English, and dates from about 1160: the south transept is Jacobean: the church was thoroughly restored in 1881 at a cost of £1,600, under the superintendence of James Fowler esq. F.R.I.B.A. and affords 180 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Stretton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Stretton (St. Nicholas))
- 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 Stretton 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.