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Ryhall is located in Rutland
Ryhall shown within Rutland
Area 4.19 sq mi (10.9 km2[1]
Population 1,614 2011 Census[2]
• Density 392/sq mi (151/km2)
OS grid reference TF036108
• London 83 miles (134 km) SSE
Unitary authority
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°41′06″N 0°27′58″W / 52.685°N 0.466°W / 52.685; -0.466Coordinates: 52°41′06″N 0°27′58″W / 52.685°N 0.466°W / 52.685; -0.466

Ryhall is a village and civil parish[3] in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. It is situated close to the eastern boundary of the county, about 2 miles (3 km) north of Stamford.


Nave of the church

There is an early thirteenth-century parish church, dedicated to St John the Evangelist.[4] The exterior has a number of interesting carved figures. The southern entrance has a porch with a room over it, originally for the priest, now called the Parvis Room.

Saint Tibba, patron saint of falconers, is believed to have lived in Ryhall in the 7th century. She was buried here, but in the 11th century her relics were translated to Peterborough Abbey, now Peterborough Cathedral, by Abbot Ælfsige (1006–1042).[5][6] According to legend, St Tibba was a niece of King Penda of Mercia.[7] The remains of a small hermitage associated with the saint can be seen on the west side of the north aisle of church.[4]

A 19th-century book refers to a holy well dedicated to Saint Tibba, though the location cannot now be identified,[8] and there is similar doubt about the location of a well said to have been dedicated to Tibba's alleged relative, St Ebba.[9]

The route of the Stamford and Essendine railway passed through the parish, on embankments still clearly visible today. It included a station called "Ryhall & Belmisthorpe", located in Belmesthorpe.[10] The line opened in 1856 but closed a century later in 1959.


Village sign

In 2011 Ryhall had a population of 1,614, making it one of the largest villages in Rutland. It is bounded to its west by the A6121 main road from Stamford to Bourne and on the other three sides by the River Gwash, although some development has spilled over the river to the north and out along the Essendine road.

Ryhall has a Church of England Primary School, with an attendance, in 2003, of 170 pupils aged 4 to 11.

The village also has a post office/village shop, Methodist Chapel, library and two public houses, The Wicked Witch and The Green Dragon. The former Fordham's supermarket of the 1960s-70s was a kitchen showroom, which closed in 2016.


The football club, Ryhall United F.C. re-formed during the 2009-10 season and are currently playing in the Peterborough and District Football League Division 1.

Sign in Belmesthorpe

Parish structure[edit]

Also in the parish is the hamlet of Belmesthorpe situated just South of Ryhall about three miles (5 km) north of Stamford in Lincolnshire.

The ecclesiastical parish is Ryhall with Essendine and Carlby, part of the Rutland Deanery of the Diocese of Peterborough.[11] The incumbent is The Revd Patrick McKee.[12]

Businesses in Ryhall[edit]

  • The Wicked Witch pub
  • The Green Dragon Inn
  • Village Store
  • C S Fenn & Sons, Builders
  • T&S Fenn
  • Quibble Content

Businesses in Belmesthorpe[edit]

  • The Blue Bell Inn

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish details". 
  4. ^ a b "National Monument Record for church and Anchorite's cell". 
  5. ^ Mellows, William Thomas; Mellows, Charles, eds. (1941). The Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus. Peterborough Natural History, Scientific and Archæological Society. p. 27.  The society is now known as Peterborough Museum Society
  6. ^ A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2, Page, W. (ed.), 1935. British History Online. Retrieved 16 March 2010
  7. ^ Rollason, D.W., The Mildrith Legend A Study in Early Medieval Hagiography in England, Leicester University Press, 1982 (e.g. p. 115, in Medieval Latin).
  8. ^ "National Monument record for St. Tibba's well". 
  9. ^ "National Monument Record for St Ebba's well".  For the relationship between St Tibba and St Ebba ("Domne Eafe"), see e.g. Rollason, D.W., The Mildrith Legend A Study in Early Medieval Hagiography in England, Leicester University Press, 1982, p.77.
  10. ^ "National Monument record for Ryhall & Belmisthorpe Station". 
  11. ^ Deanery list
  12. ^ "Ecclesiastical Parish details". 

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