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About Rutland

About Rutland

Rutland is the smallest historic county in England (just 18 miles from north to south, and 17 miles from east to west). It is landlocked by Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire, yet in the centre of the county lies Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in the UK – an important nature reserve, serving as an overwintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys.

Rutland was absorbed into Leicestershire in 1974 and after a long battle was reinstated as a county in 1997. The only towns in Rutland are Oakham, the county town, and Uppingham.

Oakham Castle (actually a Great Hall), is the oldest English court building that has remained in continuous use, with trials taking place there as early as 1229 ad.

Peers of the realm who pass through Oakham for the first time must give a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor. This unique custom started over 500 years ago and still continues today.
Over 200 horseshoes are displayed in Oakham Castle – the oldest surviving is said to have been given by Edward IV in about 1470.

Unusually Rutland Horseshoes are hung upside down, for two reasons: so that the devil cannot make a nest in the bottom of the horseshoe; and so the luck falls from them onto those that walk beneath.

There are two independent boarding schools in Rutland: Oakham School and Uppingham School. Both were founded in 1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson. Notable alumni include Stephen Fry, Jonathan Agnew, Boris Karloff, Rick Stein, Donald & Malcolm Campbell (Uppingham), Stuart Broad, Matthew Macfadyen, Miles Jupp & Jay Kay (Oakham).

Rutland has a Latin motto, ‘Multum in Parvo’, meaning Much in Little, and Rutlanders are known as ‘Raddlemen’.

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