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Pictures of Bisbrooke

a Picturesque Village in the county of Rutland

About Bisbrooke

Bisbrooke is a small village in the small, picturesque county of Rutland. It lies amidst a landscape of gentle hills dotted with rolling farmlands, rivers, reservoirs and woodland. The village's most prominent feature is it's church, this is dedicated to St.John the Baptist and although it looks as though it's history began back in the mist of time, the present church was only built in the 19th century as a replacement for a previous church belonging to the 13th century.

The church is built in the style of 14th century Gothic, it does though have medieval features and these can be seen in the clerestory windows saved from the old church to be incorporated into the new. It also has some 19th century floor slabs which are believed to have been taken from the churchyard, and at the entrance to the churchyard visitors can see two medieval stone coffins. The churchyard holds several interesting headstones, one of the most noted depicts a wagon being drawn by four horses in single file, a Wagoner wearing a slouch hat with whip in hand is to the foreground, with the rest of the headstone being covered in farming implements.

A short way from the church is Bisbrooke Hall, a handsome house mentioned in Pevsner's "The Buildings of England". The house occupies an outstanding park location surrounded by mature trees. This is the second house to be built on this site, it has parts from 1740. In 1840, Lord Carbery substantially renovated the house and in the 1960's further alterations included the former brewhouse and laundry being turned into a baronial hall by Mr. George Boyle whose descendents still reside in the property today.

The village has several cottages from the latter part of the 1800's, these mingle well with properties of a newer build. There are also a couple of scattered farms, orchards, and a market garden.

Located on the side of a hill, the village is quite off the beaten track, it straddles an ironstone ridge between two brooks from which it is possible the village takes its name.

This is an ideal place to stay to explore the numerous tiny hamlets, small villages and towns of the inviting Rutland/Leicestershire countryside. Excellent accommodation can be sought out and for those touring with a caravan why not stay in the tranquil, scenic surroundings of historic Bisbrooke Hall? This has pitches for Tourers, Motor-homes and Tents, it is close to the village pub and all other usual village amenities.
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