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St Andrew's parish church
Whissendine is located in Rutland
 Whissendine shown within Rutland
Area  6.30 sq mi (16.3 km2[1]
Population 1,189 2001 Census[2]
   – density  189/sq mi (73/km2)
OS grid reference SK8314
   – London  89 miles (143 km) SSE 
Unitary authority Rutland
Shire county Rutland
Ceremonial county Rutland
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Oakham
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01664
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
Website Welcome to Whissendine
List of places

Coordinates: 52°43′12″N 0°46′16″W / 52.720°N 0.771°W / 52.720; -0.771

Whissendine is a village and civil parish in Rutland, England north-west of the county town, Oakham. The population at the 2001 census was 1,189, increasing to 1,253 at the 2011 census.[3]

Village showing the school and windmill
The White Lion public house
Whissendine Windmill

It has a pub (The White Lion), a Church of England parish church, a former Methodist chapel, and a windmill. The Methodist chapel closed in 2009, the last service being held on 30 August.

Whissendine Windmill was built in 1809 and returned to milling in September 2006.[4][5][6] The windmill is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

The parish church of St Andrew[8] was built in the 13th century and has a 14th-century tower.[9] The screen to the Lady Chapel was brought here in the 19th century from the old chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.[9] St Andrew's is a Grade I listed building.[9]

Whissendine Church of England Primary School is in the middle of the village.

The Village Hall hosts many events throughout the year including antiques fairs and the village pantomime. Each year in late June, the village hosts a "feast week", an ancient custom from the Middle Ages that has been reintroduced and entails a week of activities for the community. This includes a 6-mile run, an UK Athletics licensed race,[10] the Feast week extravaganza, the knockout and the fete on the green.

The village also has a sports club that has a cricket team, football pitch, tennis club, archery club and a bowling green.

The pasture called The Banks is still let by ancient custom. This involves a candle in which a pin is stuck is lit and the last bidder before the pin falls is entitled to rent The Banks for the ensuing year.

The village had a scout troop up until 2010 and a cub pack until 2012.

The village is on the Rutland Round, the circular walk around Britain's smallest county.

Historic Figures[edit]

Richard Kettle was born in Whissendine in 1838. His family may have emigrated to Australia after the death of Lord Harborough, and the estate, which included Whissendine, was split up (1861) and the tenants had the opportunity to buy their own farms and cottages. Richard Kettle, together with his family, were the early farming pioneers in Helidon, Queensland, Australia. He died in 1915.

In Popular Culture[edit]

"Whissendine" is the title of a song by the band Crippled Black Phoenix


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cotswolds Millwrights Home". Cotswolds Millwrights Co. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nigel brings windmill back to life". Melton Times. Johnston Press. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Working Windmill". BBC News. 8 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Windmill". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 3 February 1972. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  8. ^ St Andrew Whissendine
  9. ^ a b c "Church of St Andrew". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 14 June 1954. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  10. ^ RunBritain website

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Whissendine at Wikimedia Commons

Whissendine Village website