Pickworth, Rutland

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For the Lincolnshire village, see Pickworth, Lincolnshire.
Remains of Pickworth old church and Manor House - geograph.org.uk - 127554.jpg
Remains of Pickworth old church and Manor House
Pickworth is located in Rutland
Pickworth shown within Rutland
Area 3.88 sq mi (10.0 km2[1]
Population 81 2001 Census[2]
• Density 21/sq mi (8.1/km2)
OS grid reference SK990140
• London 86 miles (138 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Pickworth
Unitary authority
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STAMFORD
Postcode district PE9
Dialling code 01780
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°42′53″N 0°32′01″W / 52.7146°N 0.5335°W / 52.7146; -0.5335Coordinates: 52°42′53″N 0°32′01″W / 52.7146°N 0.5335°W / 52.7146; -0.5335

Pickworth is a civil parish and small hamlet in the county of Rutland in a region characterised by Rutland County Council as the clay woodlands of the Rutland Plateau (a Jurassic limestone plateau). The population of the civil parish at the 2001 census was 81. This remained less than 100 at the 2011 census and was included in the town of Stamford.

In the 13th century Pickworth was quite a substantial village, but by the end of the 14th century it was almost non-existent. It now comprises a small church, a disused Methodist chapel, a few large houses and a couple of rows of terraced and council houses, with a population of 81.[3]

At the southern boundary of the village is a crossroads leading to Great Casterton about three miles (5 km) to the south, the A1 road at Tickencote Warren to the west, Lincolnshire Gate and Castle Bytham to the north and an unmaintained track to Ryhall Heath to the east.

The current church, All Saints, was built in 1821 and lies to the west of the village. Maps previously showed the spire of the demolished church under the name Mockbeggar to the west of the current village site.

The remains of the old medieval village lie mainly to the west of the current village centre in an area referred to as Top Pickworth.[4] The only visible remains, other than earthworks, is a stone arch.[5]

Just to the west of the village lie the remains of a lime kiln. In 1817 this was the workplace of local poet John Clare. About two miles (3 km) south-east is Walk Farm, formerly known as Walkherd Lodge, which was the home of Martha "Patty" Turner, who became John Clare's wife. Both the lime kiln and Walk Farm featured in a television documentary that was made about the poet in the late 1960s.

About two miles (3 km) to the west of the village is the site of the Battle of Losecote Field in 1470. It has been claimed that the village was depopulated as a result of the fighting.[4][5]


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