Burley  Rutland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Burley like this:

BURLEY, or Burley-on-the-Hill, a parish in Oakham district, Rutland; in the vale of Catmose, 2 miles NE of Oakham r. station. Post Town, Oakham. Acres, 3,390. Real property, £4,572. Pop., 237. Houses, 40. The manor belonged to the Segraves, the De Lisles, the Spencers, and others; passed to Villiers, Duke of Buckingham; and belongs now to G. ...

Finch, Esq. The Duke of Buckingham, in his mansion here, entertained James I. with Ben Jonson's mask of the Gypsies, and had the dwarf Geoflrey Hudson served up at table, in the presence of Charles I. and his queen, in a great pasty. The mansion was burnt in the civil wars; but the stables belonging to it are still standing. A Grecian edifice, built by Daniel, Earl of Nottingham, and now the residence of the Finch family, occupies the site of the Duke of Buckingham's mansion; is 196 feet long; commands a beautiful extensive view; and contains many family portraits and some masterpiece pictures. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £350. Patron, G. Finch, Esq The church is pleasantly surrounded with trees. There is a free school.

Burley through time

Burley is now part of Rutland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Rutland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Burley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Burley in Rutland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th July 2021

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