History of Uppingham - A Principal Town of Rutland by 1800. Written by Vivian Anthony. Published September 2015 This small settlement on a plateau above the Eyebrook Valley underwent a transformation into one of the principal towns in the county of Rutland. It saw off the challenges of Ridlington and Lyddington and came to rival Oakham in size and importance. Uppingham benefited from the involvement of the De Montfort family in its planned development after the King’s charter for markets and fairs was acquired in 1281. It survived wave after wave of invasions and settlement. The Corieltauvi tribe got on with the Romans; and successive invaders made their way up the Welland Valley and settled around its tributaries. Over time the area known as Rutland developed its identity and eventually its special position as part of the dower granted to the Queen. In the absence of great lords to determine the way forward, various lesser gentry, yeoman farmers and tradesmen gave the lead. In times of religious conflict, with the Rector commonly an absentee, it was the churchwardens and curates who usually made the pace. Almost everyone in the community was connected in some way with the land and all were affected when enclosure and the other elements of the Agricultural Revolution came to Uppingham late in the 18th century. Occasionally social discontent spilled over and a rebellion was planned but whatever the problems posed by the poor and dispossessed Uppingham was largely a peaceful and prosperous place as reflected in the fine Georgian buildings which remain to this day. Click here for more information. Price £19.95 Postage & Packing £3.00 Uppingham in 1851 - published March 2001, out of print. Click here to download A look at Uppingham on the night of Sunday 30 March 1851, its residents and the non-residents discovered, how people made their livings, who was well off and in authority and who wasn't, how people were housed, connections with surrounding villages and what it was like to live here. Besides the census, maps, court rolls, headstones, rate books, directories, the Stamford Mercury, deeds and old photographs are just some of the sources we have looked at. Uppingham in 1802 - published December 2002, few copies remaining. Click here to download A description of some aspects of what it was like to live in this old market town in the early nineteenth century with profiles of many people who helped shape the community in 'The Age of Improvement'. Each part of the town is looked at in turn and a major trade or occupation associated with it is illustrated by studying one of its leading members. The Group studied and analysed the complete set of Stamford Mercury newspapers published in 1802 then added information from deeds, diaries, account books, rate books, enclosure records, court rolls, parish vestry records, photographs and illustrations. Price including p&p £3.50. The Making of Uppingham - published August 2003, out of print. Click here to read on the web site. Professor Alan Rogers draws on his wide academic knowledge to look at this old market town, explaining why and how it started, then developed as it did and what influence events had upon the buildings, layout and townscape. Perhaps his most surprising conclusion is that it all started with a fifth century Saxon farmstead on the North South footpath close to today's Crown Inn and had little to do with the East West route between Stamford and Leicester until later. After considering what might have existed here at Domesday, Alan Rogers discusses evidence for a planned medieval town then discusses surviving Tudor, Georgian and Victorian features and the people whose influence shaped the town at each of these periods. Baptismal Register of the Congregational Church in Uppingham 1785 to 1837 - published March 2002. Transcribed in full by members of the Group from the original in the National Archive (PRO) and with the help of local knowledge, it is printed here with an introduction and index. Many of the families listed came from surrounding villages and even as far away as neighbouring counties. Of great value to family historians and those interested in nonconformity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Price including p&p £1.50p. The Development of Thorpe's Terrace , - out of print - Click here to download. Using property deeds with help from local maps and sources, Professor Alan Rogers follows the development of the Terrace from open field on the outskirts of the town to a terrace of workmen's dwellings, the builders, residents and usages. Morris' Buildings, Leicester Road - out of print. Known locally as Frog Island, rate books and maps are introduced to explain the development of this intriguing island until the time when deeds became available and from then to 1956. The White Hart, High Street West - Published August 2003 To mark its acquisition by Uppingham School, it is a brief outline and summary of the history of this Tudor wood- framed building recording earlier associated names and owners. Price including p&p £1.00p. Uppingham in Living Memory - Snapshots of Uppingham in the 20th century. Part I Uppingham at War published November 2005 - The first of a new series, bringing together historical research into aspects of wartime Uppingham with personal recollections from residents of the town. Out of print - Click here to download . Part II Uppingham in Peacetime - published December 2007 Covering the years between the Two World Wars and the early part of the second half of the twentieth century. Articles on the railway, the National School, womens' organisations, the cinema, sport, etc. Memories from local people and many photographs. Price including p&p £4.50. Other publications by members of the group H H Stephenson A Cricketing Journey - Kennington Oval to Uppingham School published November 2009. This Biography tells a fascinating story of the Surrey all-round cricketer Heathfield Harman Stephenson (1833 1896). In 1859 he went to North America as a member of the first English side to tour overseas, whilst in 1861/62 he captained the first English team ever to play in Australia. Away from the cricket field Stephenson was employed for many years as a huntsman to the Duc d'Aumale, of the exiled French royal family, at his country estate of Claremont, Esher, and then at Wood Norton, near Evesham. When his first - class cricket career was over he became a cricket coach at Uppingham School where his influence was legendary. Price including p&p £6.50 The Story of Uppingham Methodist Church - written and published in 2017 by Margaret Stacey. A new and updated edition to commemorate the church’s bicentenary. It recounts the history of Methodism in Uppingham from 1817 until 2017. Price including p&p £6.00 The Story of The Twin Boards - published in 2005 and covers the period 1939-1945 when the Methodist school Kingswood was evacuated to Uppingham and formed close links with the Uppingham Methodist Church. Out of print, Click here to download . Mary Drake and the Missionary - published in 2010. Mary (1815—1901) was a member of the influential Drake family of Uppingham Methodists. This account from the archives is produced as a 20 page A5 booklet and is sold for £2 plus postage in aid of the Methodist Fund for World Mission. Click to download . The Magnetism of Edward Thring - An edited version of the talk given to the Uppingham Local History Study Group June 2016 By Malcolm Tozer - Click here to download For orders and enquiries please Click here to contact us
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