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Rutland county
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Country United Kingdom
Part of the country England
region East Midlands

status Unitary Authority , Ceremonial County , Traditional County
First mention 11th century (as Roteland )

Ceremonial county

Unitary Authority
Administrative authority Rutland County Council
Administrative headquarters Oakham
ISO-3166-2 GB-RUT
surface 382 km²
Residents 39,697
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 00FP
GSS code E06000017
NUTS code UKF22 (with Leicestershire )

Rutland is a county ( County ) and autonomous administrative unit ( Unitary Authority ) in England and is bordered to the west and north by Leicestershire , northeast of Lincolnshire and on the southeast by Northamptonshire .

The largest extension in north-south direction is 29 km, in west-east direction it is 27 km. In terms of population, Rutland is the second smallest of the 48 ceremonial counties in England (only the City of London is smaller).

The two main towns are Oakham , the administrative center, and Uppingham . In the center of the county there is a large reservoir , Rutland Water , an important nature reserve that serves as a wintering place for geese and a breeding ground for ospreys . The place Stamford is located across the border in a projecting part of Lincolnshire.

Rutland's largest employer is the American mail order company Lands' End , whose European headquarters are in Oakham.

In the 1970s , one of the Monty Pythons , Eric Idle , teamed up with Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band to produce a television comedy series called Rutland Weekend Television .


The northwestern part of the county is listed in the Domesday Book as Rutland, a part of Nottinghamshire . The southeastern part is listed as the wapentake of Wicelsea in Northamptonshire . Rutland was first mentioned in 1159 as an independent county.

In the 19th century, Rutland was divided into the hundreds Alstoe , East , Martinsley , Oakham, and Wrandike .

Rutland is one of the traditional counties and is also the smallest of these. 1888 was added to an administrative county ( administrative county converted). In the course of local government reform of 1974 Rutland became a district of Leicestershire; This was reversed in 1997 and Rutland has been a unitary authority ever since. It still belongs to the ceremonial counties .

towns and places


Web links

Commons : Rutland  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of England and Wales on June 30, 2012 ( ZIP ; 832 kB)

Coordinates: 52 ° 40 ′  N , 0 ° 39 ′  W