Clipsham stone

Clipsham stone

Coordinates: 52°44′10″N 0°33′58″W / 52.736°N 0.566°W / 52.736; -0.566


The Church of St Mary
Area  2.61 sq mi (6.8 km2[1]
Population 120 2001 Census[2]
    - Density  46 /sq mi (18 /km2)
OS grid reference SK969163
    - London  88 miles (142 km) SSE 
Unitary authority Rutland
Shire county Rutland
Ceremonial county Rutland
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OAKHAM
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01572
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
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Clipsham is a small village in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. It is in the northeast of Rutland, close to the county boundary with Lincolnshire.

The village is well known for its limestone quarries. Clipsham stone,[3][4] part of the Upper Lincolnshire Limestone Formation, can be found in many of Britain's most famous buildings including King's College Chapel (Cambridge), the Examination Schools in Oxford, York Minster, and in repairs to the Houses of Parliament. The earliest recorded use of Clipsham Stone was for Windsor Castle between 1363 and 1368.

The Olive Branch[5] is one of the very few pubs to hold a Michelin star and in 2008 was chosen as winner of the Michelin Pub of the Year.

The topiary Yew Tree Avenue, once the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, is now maintained by the Forestry Commission.[6] The avenue stretches for 500 metres (1,600 ft), with some 150 shaped yew trees leading towards the Hall, an 18th-century mansion set in a landscaped park. Many of the trees are over 200 years old and have been trimmed since 1870 into various shapes depicting birds and animals on the tops and designs in relief on the sides.


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Film of Clipsham Quarry in 1927