Greetham, Rutland

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The main street of Greetham
Greetham Oakham St Mary the Virgin.JPG
St Mary the Virgin parish church
Greetham is located in Rutland
Greetham shown within Rutland
Area 4.81 sq mi (12.5 km2[1]
Population 609 2001 Census[2]
• Density 127/sq mi (49/km2)
OS grid reference SK9214
• London 87 miles (140 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
Website Greetham, Rutland
List of places
52°43′12″N 0°37′52″W / 52.720°N 0.631°W / 52.720; -0.631Coordinates: 52°43′12″N 0°37′52″W / 52.720°N 0.631°W / 52.720; -0.631
Village well

Greetham is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England.

The village is on the B668 road between the county town of Oakham and the A1 and on the north-south Viking Way long distance footpath linking the Humber Bridge and Oakham. The population of the civil parish at the 2001 census was 609 increasing to 638 at the 2011 census.[3]

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin are Norman, but the church today is largely as it was rebuilt in the 13th–15th centuries.[4][5] The west tower and spire are 13th or 14th century and the south porch was built in 1673.[4][5] The church was restored in 1897 by Jethro Cossins. The church is a Grade I listed building.[5] It is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, at priority category: C - "slow decay; no solution agreed".[6]

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust owns Merry's Meadows nature reserve,[7] a SSSI in the parish that is important for species characteristic of unimproved grassland. East of the village just before the Sewstern Lane junction, just north of the B668 is Greetham Lime Quarry[8] owned by the Dickerson Group of Waterbeach.

Greetham has three pubs: the Plough, the Black Horse Inn and the Wheatsheaf, all on the B668. To the east is the Greetham Valley golf course.[9] On the A1 near Stretton is a former pub, the Olde Greetham Inn, now owned by Construction Interior Design.

The village well, of mid-19th century, has an inscription; "All ye who hither come to drink/Rest not your thoughts below/Remember Jacob's well and think/Whence "living waters" flow." It is Grade II listed.[10]

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  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Pevsner 1960, p. 301.
  5. ^ a b c "Church of St Mary, Church Lane". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 14 June 1954. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Church of St Mary, Church Lane, Greetham - Rutland (UA)". Heritage At Risk Register. Historic England. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Merry Meadows nature reserve". Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. 
  8. ^ "Greetham Lime Quarry". Geograph. 
  9. ^ Golf club
  10. ^ Historic England. "Village Well  (Grade II) (1073219)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 


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