by James Pigot  (1828-29)


Uppingham, a market town and parish, in the hundred of Martinsley, about 90 miles front London, and six from Oakham, is pleasantly seated on an eminence, and consists chiefly of one street, the houses forming which are for the most part well built, and have a clean and neat appearance. The church is an ancient Gothic structure, and contains many monuments, some of which are elegant and well deserving notice. The living is a rectory,in the patronage of the Bishop of London, and incumbency of the Rev. J. G. Dimock. Here are also two chapels for dissenters, a free school, and an hospital for the maintenance of thirteen poor men and six poor women ; two book clubs, and a subscription news' room. The lord of the manor is Sir G. N. Noel, Bart., who hold a court leet annually, when a headborough and constables are chosen for the government of the town, The trade of this town is entirely of a local nature, and the country around it, which is agricultural, presents some very pleasing and extensive prospects, not a little improved by the appearance of many genteel seats and handsome residences. The market day is on Wednesday, and the fairs are March the 7th and July 7th. In 1821 the number of inhabitants in the parish was 1.630.