The current building dates back to the 14th century although only the bell tower remains from that time. The nave and chancel were rebuilt in 1879. The church underwent extensive repairs in 2020 including a new Collyweston slate roof and internal reordering to level the floors and install heating.
People and Events
In this section you can read about some of the people associated with Thistleton. They include Sir Henry Fludyer, Louise Burrows and the boxers Tom Molyneaux and Tom Cribbs.
Thistleton has a long history. It is named in the Domesday Book. Further back the area was the site of Iron Age and Roman settlements. Thistleton today is a small rural village with just 47 households. It is situated in the north of Rutland, two miles from the A1.
We are fortunate to have a copy of some of its earliest parish records although who made the copy is unknown. In beautiful copperplate handwriting, the copy is a wonderful record of the births, marriages and deaths of our ancestors who were living in Thistleton between the years 1574 to 1799. The copy appears to have been assembled from four original registers, books I - IV which were transferred to the Leicestershire and Rutland Records Office some decades ago. From the slightly ad hoc way in which the entries have been written, it’s likely that some of the original entries were written on loose papers or parchment which were then collated together. Much more than just a record of births marriages and deaths, there are many details within the four books that give us clues to the major and minor events that affected the lives of Thistleton residents over a 200-year period. internal://c29e430a-0275-4caf-857a-4a77b8c9300b
Thistleton is a very interesting Roman site in Rutland, including a long running temple precinct with Iron Age origins, evidence for a small industrious town and a villa site. It was excavated by the Ministry of Works (the forerunner of English Heritage) in the 1950s to early 1960s. Objects from the site can be seen in Rutland County Museum
National Lottery Heritage Fund Project in 2020
Thanks to a grant from the National lottery Heritage Fund, the church underwent extensive repairs in 2020. The Collyweston slate roof on the nave and vestry were reslated and internal reordering was carried out to level the floors and install heating. Photographs showing the progress of the work are contained here and in the Gallery section.