Seaton, Rutland

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Church of All Hallows, Seaton - - 255733.jpg
All Hallows church, Seaton
Seaton is located in Rutland
Seaton shown within Rutland
Area 2.26 sq mi (5.9 km2[1]
Population 178 2001 Census[2]
• Density 79/sq mi (31/km2)
OS grid reference SP904982
• London 78 miles (126 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
List of places
52°34′30″N 0°40′01″W / 52.575°N 0.667°W / 52.575; -0.667Coordinates: 52°34′30″N 0°40′01″W / 52.575°N 0.667°W / 52.575; -0.667

Seaton is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The population of the civil parish was 178 at the 2001 census, including Stoke Dry and Thorpe by Water , increasing to 250 at the 2011 census.[3] Nearby is the large Seaton Viaduct, on the Oakham to Kettering railway line. It is three quarters of a mile long and took four years to build. It has 82 arches which are up to 72 feet (22 m) high. For many years the railway was only used for freight traffic, but a restricted passenger service from Oakham to London via Corby and Kettering was opened in 2010. Seaton railway station, on a different line, closed in 1966.

The toponym, first recorded in the Domesday Book as Seieton and Segentone, is of uncertain origin. It probably means the "farm or village of a man named Sǣġa", but it may refer to an otherwise unrecorded stream name Sǣġe, meaning "slow-moving".[4]

Thomas Minot, later Archbishop of Dublin, became parson here in 1351.[5]

Major-General Robert Overton a prominent soldier and scholar who supported the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War, was buried here in 1678.

When Henry Royce (founder of Rolls Royce) was created a baronet, he took Seaton as his territorial designation. His family had worked here as millers.

The village has one public house - the George and Dragon, on Main Street.

In the east of the parish is Seaton Meadows SSSI.


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office foer National Statistics. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Seaton, Leic", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978 0 521 16855 7 
  5. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926

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