Cottesmore, a village and a parish in Rutland. The village stands 2 miles E of Ashwell station on the M.R., and 4¼ NE of Oakham. The parish includes also the hamlet of Barrow, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Oakham. Acreage, 2504; population of the civil parish, 431; of the ecclesiastical, 536. The living is a rectory united with Barrow, in the diocese of Peterborough; joint yearly value, £500 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Gainsborough. The church is a fine building of stone in the Early English style. Cottesmore Hall is the residence of the Dowager Countess of Lonsdale. The famous Cottesmore Hunt takes its name from this place, but the kennels are now in the parish of Langham.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Cottesmore 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 1655.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Cottesmore:
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The church of St. Nicholas is a fine Early English building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and a tower, with broach spire, containing a clock and 5 bells: the western doorway is Norman: a new organ was provided in 1911: the interior was restored in 1866, and has 300 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Cottesmore from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Cottesmore (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 Cottesmore 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)
Villages, Hamlets, &cBarrow
The Visitation of Rutland, 1618-19 and The Visitation of Rutland 1681-2 are available to browse on the Heraldry page.