Burley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Rutlandshire.
Alternative names: Burley on the Hill
Parish church: Holy Cross
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1577
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1701
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
BURLEY, or Burley-on-the-Hill, a parish in Oakham district, Rutland; in the vale of Catmose, 2 miles NE of Oakham r. station. Post Town, Oakham. Acres, 3,390. Real property, £4,572. Pop., 237. Houses, 40. The manor belonged to the Segraves, the De Lisles, the Spencers, and others; passed to Villiers, Duke of Buckingham; and belongs now to G. Finch, Esq. The Duke of Buckingham, in his mansion here, entertained James I. with Ben Jonson’s mask of the Gypsies, and had the dwarf Geoflrey Hudson served up at table, in the presence of Charles I. and his queen, in a great pasty. The mansion was burnt in the civil wars; but the stables belonging to it are still standing. A Grecian edifice, built by Daniel, Earl of Nottingham, and now the residence of the Finch family, occupies the site of the Duke of Buckingham’s mansion; is 196 feet long; commands a beautiful extensive view; and contains many family portraits and some masterpiece pictures. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £350. Patron, G. Finch, Esq The church is pleasantly surrounded with trees. There is a free school.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
BURLEY (Holy Cross), a parish, in the union of Oakham, hundred of Alstoe, county of Rutland, 2 miles (N. E. by N.) from Oakham; containing 252 inhabitants. The manor came, by purchase, into the possession of Villiers, first duke of Buckingham, who greatly enlarged and embellished the mansion here, in which he successively entertained James I. and Charles I., with their respective courts. This stately edifice, on the breaking out of the civil war, was garrisoned by a small body of parliamentarian troops, who, unable to sustain an attack of the royalists, set fire to the house, which was burnt to the ground; the site is now occupied by an elegant modern mansion. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £10. 13. 1½.; net income, £350; patron and impropriator, G. Finch, Esq.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
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Civil Registration District: Oakham
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)
Rural Deanery: Rutland
Poor Law Union: Oakham