Gunthorpe, Rutland

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Gunthorpe
Gunthorpe is located in Rutland
Gunthorpe
Gunthorpe
Gunthorpe shown within Rutland
Area 0.74 sq mi (1.9 km2[1]
Population 19 2001 Census[2]
• Density 26/sq mi (10/km2)
OS grid reference SK869056
• London 83 miles (134 km) SSE
Unitary authority
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OAKHAM
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01562
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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UK
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Rutland
52°38′31″N 0°42′58″W / 52.642°N 0.716°W / 52.642; -0.716Coordinates: 52°38′31″N 0°42′58″W / 52.642°N 0.716°W / 52.642; -0.716

Gunthorpe is a civil parish and a hamlet in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England.

The population of Gunthorpe grew to several hundred before being devastated by the plague which ravaged Great Britain and much of Europe from 1347 to 1351. Today, Gunthorpe remains as one of Rutland's smallest inhabited hamlets, with just 10 houses and 16 residents. Despite being dissected by the railway and the main Oakham to Uppingham A6003 road, the tiny hamlet of Gunthorpe remains a lively idyll, which typifies the agricultural heart of the county of Rutland. Set in the rolling hills adjoining the River Gwash, approximately 2½ miles south of Oakham and on the western shores of Rutland Water, Gunthorpe has several footpaths and bridleways which offer some of the county's most enjoyable, all-year round views. The population of the civil parish remained less than 100 at the 2011 census and was included in the civil parish of Manton.

The estate was sold by the Earl of Ancaster to Charles Harvey Dixon in 1906.[3]

Gunthorpe's oldest surviving building was built circa 1840. Now a farmhouse, the Durham Ox Inn was a popular haunt[according to whom?] of the navvies and labourers engaged in the construction of part of the railway which became known as the London Midland and Scottish Railway, running between Kettering and Oakham from the mid 19th Century and to this day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  3. ^ conveyance in Lincs Archives

External links[edit]

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