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Church of St Mary, Clipsham - - 188940.jpg
The Church of St Mary
Clipsham is located in Rutland
 Clipsham shown within Rutland
Area  2.61 sq mi (6.8 km2[1]
Population 120 (2001 Census)[2]
   – density  46/sq mi (18/km2)
OS grid reference SK969163
   – London  88 miles (142 km) SSE 
Unitary authority 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

Coordinates: 52°44′10″N 0°33′58″W / 52.736°N 0.566°W / 52.736; -0.566

Clipsham is a small village in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. It is in the northeast of Rutland, close to the county boundary with Lincolnshire.

The village is well known for its limestone quarries. Clipsham stone,[3][4] part of the Upper Lincolnshire Limestone Formation, can be found in many of Britain's most famous buildings including King's College Chapel (Cambridge), the Examination Schools in Oxford, York Minster, and in repairs to the Houses of Parliament. The earliest recorded use of Clipsham stone was for Windsor Castle between 1363 and 1368. The London Stone is made of it, however, and dates back at least to about 1100.

The parish church of St Mary is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

The Olive Branch[6] is one of the very few pubs to hold a Michelin star and in 2008 was chosen as winner of the Michelin Pub of the Year.

Fantastic topiary at Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue
A topiary windmill

The topiary Yew Tree Avenue, once the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, has been maintained by the Forestry Commission.[7] The avenue stretches for 500 metres (1,600 ft), with some 150 shaped yew trees leading towards the Hall, an Grade II* listed mansion[8] set in a landscaped park. Many of the trees are over 200 years old and have been trimmed since the late 19th-century into various shapes depicting birds and animals on the tops and designs in relief on the sides.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Clipsham Quarry Company website
  4. ^ The Stamford Stone Company operates Clipsham Medwells Quarry
  5. ^ Historic England, "Church of St Mary (1361803)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 October 2015 
  6. ^ The Olive Branch, Clipsham, UK.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Historic England, "Clipsham Hall (1073244)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 October 2015 

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Film of Clipsham Quarry in 1927