Little Casterton

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Little Casterton
All Saints, Little Casterton - geograph.org.uk - 1496381.jpg
All Saints' Church
Little Casterton is located in Rutland
Little Casterton
Little Casterton
 Little Casterton shown within Rutland
Area  1.92 sq mi (5.0 km2[1]
Population 148 2001 Census[2]
   – density  77/sq mi (30/km2)
OS grid reference TF020100
   – 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 STAMFORD
Postcode district PE9
Dialling code 01780
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
List of places
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England
Rutland

Coordinates: 52°40′43″N 0°29′31″W / 52.6785°N 0.4919°W / 52.6785; -0.4919

Little Casterton is a small village and civil parish in Rutland, England. It is about two miles (3 km) north of Stamford on a minor road that runs to the south of the River Gwash between Great Casterton and Ryhall.

The parish church is dedicated to All Saints. The east and west windows are by Christopher Whall and are in memory of former tenants of Tolethorpe Hall. The east window of 1911 depicts St Hubert, Christ in Majesty and St Francis and is in memory of Hubert Francis Christian Harrisson. The west window features St George and dates to 1919.

About half a mile to the north-east is Tolethorpe Hall, a 17th-century mansion. Since 1977, it has been used as the venue for an open-air Shakespearean theatre.

The Little Casterton Working Weekend is held in the village each September. Veteran and vintage agricultural machinery is showcased in a working context. Combines, tractors and other equipment demonstrate harvesting, threshing, ploughing and other activities.

The Rutland Dinosaur[edit]

In June 1968, the Rutland Dinosaur, a specimen of the sauropod dinosaur Cetiosaurus oxoniensis was found in the Williamson Cliffe quarry in the parish. It was calculated to be around 170 million years old, from the Aalenian or Bajocian part of the Jurassic period.[3] It is one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons found in the UK, being fifteen metres long. Since 1975 the remains have been in Leicester's New Walk Museum.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "1968 Williamson Cliffe brick-pit, Rutland: Late/Upper Bajocian, United Kingdom". The Paleobiology Database.