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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Whitwell St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Oakham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Whitwell (St. Michael))
- 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 Whitwell 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.