We are a mixed group of enthusiastic but amateur historians who enjoy researching the history of our village and sharing what we have learned with our fellow villagers and visitors. We were formed in 2007 and recently published a guided tour of Cottesmore - 'Cottesmore Round' which takes you on a leisurely and hopefully enjoyable walk around the village showing its historical content including twenty-seven listed buildings. The guide is available as a download on this site or can be obtained from a variety of places around Rutland including the post office and The Sun Inn in Cottesmore. At village events we put on displays about past life in the village. And now we have some web pages for everyone to see.Cottesmore is a small village in Rutland in the middle of England. We have a long and mainly uneventful history. Like so much of England, our past was agricultural. We grew good grass and good sheep on it. We also grew wheat and barley – some for local use and some for export through the East Anglian ports.The buildings in the centre of Cottesmore are mostly of Ketton limestone, some thatched and around twenty listed by English Heritage. A pretty place.There is evidence of early settlement here and the Romans must have visited as we are between Watling Street and Ermine Street.In the 19th Century, ironstone was quarried here to feed the Industrial Revolution.
Then seventy years ago, the Royal Air Force arrived. The airfield grew to be Rutland’s largest employer in an area of few other high quality jobs. Now it is about to be home to a thousand or more soldiers, continuing our military connection. During the year we will be producing publications on notable people of the Village and some changes that have taken place. These will include the story of Janet Erskine Stuart who as the 13th child of the local rector became a catholic nun, eventually becoming the head of the convents of the Sacred Heart. Also included will be a short history of a Mr Richard Westbrook Baker who was the steward of the Exton Estate in the middle of the 19th century who brought about many innovations in agricultureOne of the trends to be looked at will be changes in retailing within the village from the middle of the 19th century up to today.We meet once a month at the Sun Inn and new members are always welcome as well as any contributions or suggestions for future projects . If you are interested please click here to send us an email.Like a walk around our historic village, click here to download the Cottesmore Round self guided walk