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Ryhall - geograph.org.uk - 63329.jpg
Ryhall is located in Rutland
Location within Rutland
Area4.19 sq mi (10.9 km2[1]
Population1,614 2011 Census[2]
• Density392/sq mi (151/km2)
OS grid referenceTF036108
• London83 miles (134 km) SSE
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE9
Dialling code01780
AmbulanceEast 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. The parish includes the hamlet of Belmesthorpe.


The village's name means 'Rye nook'. The 'nook' in question has been identified as a bend in the River Gwash.[4]

Nave of the church

The 13th-century Church of St John the Evangelist, Ryhall, has a number of carved figures around the exterior. 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.[8]

A 19th-century book refers to a holy well dedicated to Saint Tibba, though the location cannot now be identified,[9] and there is similar doubt about the location of a well said to have been dedicated to Tibba's alleged relative, St Ebba.[10]

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.[11] 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 Academy School with an attendance, in March 2022, of 192 pupils aged 4 to 11.[12]

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


The local football club, Ryhall United F. C., left Ryhall in 2015, moving to nearby Stamford under the new name of Stamford Lions.[13]

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. Apart from the Blue Bell Inn, there are two old farmhouses here as well as a few old cottages in the main street as well as two former dovecotes both now converted into private dwellings. Castle Rise is a cul-de-sac added in the 1960s but there is no evidence for any castle having been located there.

The ecclesiastical parish is Ryhall with Essendine and Carlby, part of the Rutland Deanery of the Diocese of Peterborough.[14] As of April 2022, the incumbent is The Revd Jo Saunders.[15]

Businesses in Ryhall[edit]

  • The Millstone pub
  • The Green Dragon Inn
  • Village Store
  • C S Fenn & Sons, Builders
  • T&S Fenn
  • Quibble Content[16]

Businesses in Belmesthorpe[edit]

  • The Blue Bell Inn

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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Civil Parish details".
  4. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  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 church and Anchorite's cell". Archived from the original on 24 December 2012.
  9. ^ "National Monument record for St. Tibba's well". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012.
  10. ^ "National Monument Record for St Ebba's well". Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. 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.
  11. ^ "National Monument record for Ryhall & Belmisthorpe Station". Archived from the original on 11 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Ryhall CofE Academy". Get Information about Schools. Gov.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Ambitious Ryhall United move and become Stamford Lions". Stamford Mercury. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  14. ^ Deanery list Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "About us". Gwash and Glen Churches. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Digital & Content Marketing Agency Leicester - Quibble Content". Quibble Content. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

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