Thistleton

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Coordinates: 52°45′07″N 0°38′53″W / 52.752°N 0.648°W / 52.752; -0.648

Thistleton
Thistleton Rutland, St Nicholas.JPG
The church of St Nicholas
Thistleton is located in Rutland
Thistleton
Thistleton
 Thistleton shown within Rutland
Area  2.15 sq mi (5.6 km2[1]
Population 99 2001 Census[2]
    - Density  46 /sq mi (18 /km2)
OS grid reference SK913180
    - London  89 miles (143 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 01572
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
List of places
UK
England
Rutland

Thistleton is the most northerly village in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England.

The Thistleton area has shown evidence of Romano-British occupation including a large temple precinct and a possible small market settlement.[3] To the north of the village there has been extensive mining for ironstone, a stone that has featured very prominently in the building of many churches and other buildings in the area for centuries. It was thought that the mining had obliterated evidence of the former greater extent of the village but much archaeology has survived showing that the original Romano-British settlement extended some 100 acres (0.40 km2) at least. Extensive surveys, brought about by the planning of a haulage road to the quarry to pass through the site of the ancient township, revealed features including a well preserved Roman road and the skeleton of a child buried well away from the cemetery. The archaeology is ongoing as the mining continues.[4]

The village contains several listed buildings including the Old Rectory and the Church of St Nicholas.[5] Many of the village’s buildings are stone walled and thatched. Although the church is of medieval origin only the 14th century, three stage tower, complete with gargoyles, remains. The church has been rebuilt in the late 18th by the Brudenells, and the rector, the Rev Sir J Henry Fludyer, Bart to whose family the elaborate chancel is probably a memorial. The newer building is fourteenth century in style however the shape of the apse is, unusually, half an octagon externally and a semi circular shape inside. Most of the internal fittings, including the font and the organ, are relatively modern.[6]

Close by, to the south of the village, lies the RAF Cottesmore airfield established a few years before WW2. The airfield is now the Army's Kendrew Barracks.

Boxing Match[edit]

Molineaux vs Cribb, 1811

On 28 September 1811 a massive crowd of up to 20,000 watched a prizefight at Thistleton Gap. Tom Cribb fought the American Tom Molineaux in a hotly contested re-match for the heavyweight championship of England. The match was a matter of national pride and the names of both these men were famous throughout the land. The venue was chosen as the three counties of Rutland, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire met there and if the police arrived to halt the illegal fight the boxers and crowd could escape across the county boundary. In the eleventh round Cribb knocked out Molineaux. The original match, a year before, had ended in exhaustion for both men after a gruelling 33 rounds with accusations of cheating. During the intervening period both men had lost weight; Cribb because of extensive training with the famous Captain Barclay and Molineaux due to loss of muscle whilst earning his keep at local prizefighting venues.[7]

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