Braunston-in-Rutland is a village in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands, with Leicestershire on the parish's western boundary, and the county town of Oakham about two miles to the north.
The village has a long history, with records going back to the middle ages, and many historic buildings. Local families such as the Cheseldines and the Hanburys have left their mark on the village and you can discover many references to these families as you go around the village. Nowadays, we have a thriving community of about 180 households, with around four hundred people.
Our public house, the thatched 17th century Blue Ball Inn, claims to be the oldest inn in the county of Rutland and serves great food and drink.
The church, in a circular churchyard, is dedicated to All Saints, and has traces of mediaeval wall paintings still visible. These paintings were recently under threat from a resident bat colon, but thanks to works as part of a bat conservation project will hopefully now last for many more years. In the churchyard there is also a strange carved stone figure, thought to be pre-Christian but its origins and purpose are uncertain.
Next to the church is the village hall, nearly one hundred years old and still going strong.
We also have a children's playground with fenced area containing traditional playground equipment, a range of adventure equipment for older children, plus a grassy area for ball games.
The RCC mobile library visits the village on alternate Mondays at 9.50am.
Every month a newsletter is distributed to everyone, keeping us all up to date with what's going on.
We also have a village 'Welcome Pack' which has lots of practical village information and is reviewed and updated every year. It is available as a downloadable PDF on our Welcome Pack page.