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Cottesmore, Rutland

Historical Description

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.

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 parishCottesmore St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionOakham 

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

Church Records

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.

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 Cottesmore 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 Cottesmore are available from a number of sites:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


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