Empingham

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Coordinates: 52°39′59″N 0°35′47″W / 52.666389°N 0.596389°W / 52.666389; -0.596389

Empingham
The White Horse, Empingham - geograph.org.uk - 456705.jpg
The White Horse
Empingham is located in Rutland
Empingham
Empingham
 Empingham shown within Rutland
Area  7.62 sq mi (19.7 km2[1]
Population 815 2001 Census[2]
    - Density  107 /sq mi (41 /km2)
OS grid reference SK949085
    - London  83 miles (134 km) SSE 
Unitary authority Rutland
Shire county Rutland
Ceremonial county Rutland
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OAKHAM
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01780
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
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Empingham is a village in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. It lies close to the dam of Rutland Water and the A606 runs through the village. During construction, Empingham Reservoir was the name of the reservoir but it was renamed Rutland Water to preserve the name of the county which was being merged with Leicestershire.

The fine church of St Peter was a Peculiar of the see of Lincoln. When the diocese of Peterborough was created, this church remained tied to Lincoln Cathedral and the title of a Prebend there.

To the north east on the Great North Road (now A1) the Battle of Empingham was fought in 1470 as part of the Wars of the Roses. The battle is also known as Battle of Losecoat Field (or Losecote Field), supposedly because the defeated Lancastrians, when fleeing, threw off the distinguishing clothing. However the name probably predates the battle and means pigsty field. Forms of Losecote also appear as field names in other parishes in Rutland. Contemporary accounts refer to the battle site as Hornfield. An adjacent woodland is now called Bloody Oaks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 

External links[edit]

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