Ashwell, Rutland

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Ashwell is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. It is located about three miles (5 km) north of Oakham.

Ashwell Prison, a former Category C prison, is located about two miles (3 km) south of the centre of the village. Previously the site was a WWII US army base, home to part of the 82nd Airborne Division. The prison was closed in March 2011, and its future use is yet to be determined. The kennels of the Cottesmore Hunt have moved to a farm in the parish.

St Mary’s church is mainly of 14th century origin, but in 1851 it underwent a major restoration by William Butterfield.

The Reverend J.W. Adams, who won a Victoria Cross in Afghanistan in 1879, is buried in the churchyard.

Aviatrix Beryl Markham (née Clutterbuck) was born in Westfield House and lived here until her family moved to Kenya when she was four years old.The Reverend Richard Levett (or Levet) was named vicar of Ashwell on 13 May 1646. He was brought in to minister the parish when the previous rector, a Royalist, offended the locals. Mr Levett kept his job throughout Cromwell's reign, but lost it as soon as King Charles II was restored to the throne, when the previous incumbent was reinstated. He was the father of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London in 1699 and owner of Kew Palace. Levett Blackborne, grandson of Sir Richard, who sold the Levett properties at Kew to the Royal family, was a well-known Lincoln's Inn barrister and...
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