Cottesmore St Nicholas
|Area||3.91 sq mi (10.1 km2) |
|Population||2,062 Including Barrow. 2011 Census|
|• Density||596/sq mi (230/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||87 miles (140 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Cottesmore (pronounced Cotts'more as a result of its origins as Cotts Moor) is a village in the north of the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. In terms of population it is the largest village in Rutland, and the third-largest settlement after Oakham and Uppingham. This is due in part to the presence of Kendrew Barracks, formerly RAF Cottesmore.
The Cottesmore Hunt takes its name from the village (although the kennels are not now in the parish). Sir William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale brought the foxhounds he had bought from Thomas Noel to Cottesmore in 1740.
At the time of Edward the Confessor (mid 11th century), "Manors Cottesmore" was held, together with Greetham, by Saxon called Goda. Goda held 12 carucates of land, three of which were held in tax to the Danegeld. The King held three carucates in demesne and three socmen with 40 villeins and six bordarii held 20 carucates. Of the land held by the manor, one Goisfridus held half a carucate; he had one plough and eight villeins. Cottesmore also had 40 acres (160,000 m2) of meadow and a wood measuring a mile in length by seven furlongs in breadth.
- Alfred Cattell, rugby international for Wales
- Cottesmore School, a prep school in Sussex, England, founded by Geoffrey Davison Brown who was born in the village
- Janet Erskine Stuart, Roman Catholic nun and educator
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