Ashwell, Rutland

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The well at Ashwell
Ashwell is located in Rutland
Ashwell shown within Rutland
Area 2.87 sq mi (7.4 km2[1]
Population 290 2001 Census[2]
• Density 104/sq mi (40/km2)
OS grid reference SK865137
• London 88 miles (142 km) SSE
Unitary authority
Shire county
Ceremonial county
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
List of places
RutlandCoordinates: 52°42′58″N 0°43′12″W / 52.716°N 0.720°W / 52.716; -0.720

Ashwell is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The population of the civil parish was 290 at the 2001 census falling to 269 at the 2011 census.[3] It is located about 3 miles (5 km) north of Oakham.

St Mary’s church is mainly of 14th-century origin, but in 1851 it underwent a major restoration by William Butterfield. The Reverend J. W. Adams, rector, who won a Victoria Cross in Afghanistan in 1879, is buried in the churchyard.

Ashwell Hall stands in a small park about half a mile south of the village. It was built in 1879 in the Tudor style.

Aviator Beryl Markham (née Clutterbuck) was born in Westfield House and lived here until her family moved to Kenya when she was four years old.

Lychgate in Ashwell

Ashwell Prison, a former Category C prison, was located about 2 miles (3 km) south of the centre of the village but actually in the parish of Burley. Previously the site was a Second World War US army base, home to part of the 82nd Airborne Division. The prison closed in March 2011 and has been redeveloped as Oakham Enterprise Park, a business park for office and light industrial use.

The previous kennels of the Cottesmore Hunt, opposite the prison, have now been converted to residential use and the hunt kennels are now based at a farm in the parish.

The Royalist rector, Thomas Mason, was ejected in 1644 and Richard Levett (or Levet) was intruded in his place on 13 May 1646. The legitimate incumbent was reinstated in 1660 when Charles II was restored to the throne and served for twenty years until his death. The minister Levett was the father of Sir Richard Levett who was possibly born in Ashwell; he was Lord Mayor of London in 1699 and owner of Kew Palace.[4] Levett Blackborne, grandson of Sir Richard, who sold the Levett properties at Kew to the Royal family, was a barrister and longtime adviser to Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland.[5]

The Palmes family of Lindley, West Yorkshire was also seated at Ashwell.[6] The family, a branch of the Palmes family of Naburn Hall, Yorkshire, included Sir Guy Palmes, High Sheriff of Yorkshire.[7]


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "British History Online". University of London. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  5. ^ The Records of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Vol. I, Lincoln's Inn, H.S. Cartwright, London, 1896
  6. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "Palmes, Bryan". Dictionary of National Biography. 43. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  7. ^ Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-century England: Three Women and Their Books of Hours, Kathryn Ann Smith, University of Toronto Press, 2003 ISBN 0712348506

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