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Whitwell, Rutland

Historical Description

Whitwell or Wightwell, a village and a parish in Rutland, 4¼ miles E of Oakham station on the M.R. Post town. Oakham; money order and telegraph office, Empingham Acreage, 629; population, 108. The manor belongs to the Earl of Gainsborough. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £227 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Gainsborough. The church is a small and plain but ancient building of stone in the Early English 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 parishWhitwell St. Michael 
Poor Law unionOakham 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1700.

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



Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael, standing on a knoll near the road, is a small-and plain but ancient edifice of stone in the Early English style (but there are traces of Saxon work) consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a western turret, containing 2 small bells: the church was reopened Nov. 10, 1881, after restoration, at a cost of about £1,600, wholly defrayed by the Rev. R. V. C. Kinleside M.A. curate of the parish 1865-9: there are 120 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 Whitwell 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 Whitwell 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