Thistleton Heritage Project 

The Thistleton Gap Boxing Match

Discover how and why a world championship boxig match with up to 20,000 spectators took place at Thistleton in September 1811

Wednesday 7th September at 7.00pm
Thistleton Church and Community Hub, Main Street, Thistleton, Rutland LE15 7RE

Free event. 

Refreshments available before and after the talk.

More information available by contacting Sue Hughes. Email: 

Thistleton Heritage Project

Anglo Saxon Rutland

Wednesday 6th July at 7.00pm

Many thanks to Peter Liddle MBE - former County Archaeologist for Leicestershire - for this fascinating talk on the Anglo Saxon archaeological finds in Rutland.  Teh talk was part of the Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology and it was great to meet so many visitors from outside our immediate area.

Thistleton Heritage Project


An interactive talk with Sue Hughes

Wednesday 8th June at 7.00pm

Many thanks to Sue for this highly informative talk on how to read the landscape to discover more about the origins of our villages and how our ancestors lived and worked.

A Year’s Journey Through Rutland

A talk by David Wood, High Sheriff of Rutland 2021-22

Wednesday 4th May at 7.00pm

During his year of office, David set out to visit every village in Rutland.  Many thanks to David for his fascinating talk on his experiences and what he learned about the county.

The Rutland Roman Mosaic
(As seen on BBC Digging for Britain)

A talk by Peter Liddle

Saturday 26th March at 2.00pm

Many thanks to Peter Liddle MBE - former County Archaeologist for Leicestershire - for giving a fascinating talk on the latest archaeological excavation of a  Roman villa and mosaic in Rutland.

From Ants to Elephants
Wednesday 16th March at 2.30pm

Many thanks to local photographer, Richard Adams, for a wonderful photographic journey of the animal kingdom with musical accompaniment.  The images drew on local nature and Richard’s extensive travels worldwide.

Multum in Parvo
(The motto of Rutland 'Much in Little')

Thursday 30th September at 7.00pm

Many thanks to Richard Adams, local photographer and creator of the Rutland Calendar, for his visual and musical tour of                      Britain's smallest country.

The evening raised £133.50 for the Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue Trust.

The Thistleton Stories

Wednesday 25th August at 7.00pm

Thistleton Church

Tales of Travellers and Highwaymen

The Parish Records (not just a record of births, marriages and deaths)

The Thistleton Gap Boxing Match


Many thanks to Sue Hughes, local amateur historian, for sharing the latest  results of her research into Thistleton's local history and heritage. 

Roman Thistleton

Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 7.00pm

Many thanks to Peter Liddle MBE - former County Archaeologist for Leicestershire - for giving a fascinating talk on the Roman settlements in Thistleton that were excavated in the 1950s and 60s.

The Thistleton Heritage Project 
Official Launch
July 17th and 18th 2021 

The Thistleton Heritage Project was officially launched on Saturday 17th July 2021 by HM Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness. It was a great morning. Hannah Barclay, Chair of the Friends of Thistleton Church opened proceedings by welcoming guests and giving the background to the project. Dr Furness congratulated everyone involved in the project for saving the church from closure, creating a welcoming community facility and encouraging interest in local heritage. Sue Hughes, Heritage Lead, provided an overview of the heritage work to date before inviting everyone to view the displays and enjoy some refreshments. 

Visit by the High Sheriff of Rutland

This year’s High Sheriff of Rutland, David Wood, plans to visit all 52 villages in Rutland during his year of office.  On June 10th it was Thistleton’s turn to welcome him and his wife Jeffy.  

The visit included a walk around the village, a visit to the church and tea with a group of residents. 

It was an occasion enjoyed by all and we received a lovely letter after the visit, which the High Sheriff was happy for us to share on the website.

National Day of Reflection

Tuesday 23rd March 2021 marked the one year anniversary of the first Coronavirus lockdown and was designated as a National Day of Reflection. At Thistleton Church we lit 126 tealights, one for each 1,000 people who had died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test, and observed a one minute silence at 8.00pm.