Buy the Lyddington History Book

Buildings and People
of a Rutland Manor

Lyddington, Caldecott, Stoke Dry and Thorpe by Water
by Rosemary Canadine, Vanessa Doe, Nick Hill, Robert Ovens and Christopher Thornton

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This 368 page hard-bound full-colour book is the result of a four-year, community-based project on the history of the vernacular buildings and their owners and occupiers in the ancient Manor. The Manor of Lyddington comprised at one time the Rutland villages of Lyddington, Caldecott and Stoke Dry, part of Thorpe by Water and the now-deserted medieval village of Snelston.

The Cecil family of Burghley House, near Stamford acquired the Manor in the mid-sixteenth and held it until the end of the manorial system in the twentieth century. In 2010, Lyddington Manor History Society was formed and awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable it to undertake a research project on the historic buildings and people of the Manor.

Many vernacular buildings have been surveyed and tree-ring dated and information from the archive at Burghley House and from other local and national collections has been used to study the social and economic history of the Manor and to identify occupiers of individual houses.