All Saints, Little Casterton
Toll Bar late Methodist Chapel
Little Casterton is an outstanding conservation village in Rutland. Together with Toll Bar they are served by one Parish Council. The villages are a mixture of traditional stone cottages and some of a more modern design. A working farm in the centre of Little Casterton is an important part of the life of the community. Tolethorpe is included in the parish, together with the restored Tolethorpe Hall which is used for theatre productions during the summer. A small part of the new housing in Stamford north is now included in the parish.
The village church of Little Casterton can easily be missed as it is tucked away behind Church Lane near the old School House and Chantry. There has been a church on this site since Norman times and is still used for Village worship.
Directly east of the church is Tolethorpe Park Cricket Club. The club plays friendly matches and the sound of bat on ball heralds the start of warm summer days. We will not mention the time a cricket ball went through a church window!
Tolethorpe was a separate village until it was finally united legally with Little Casterton in 1509. A descendant of the Browne family who lived at Tolethorpe was one of the original group that broke away from the Anglican Church and fled to Holland to live and worship. This eventually led to the founding of the church in America and is better known as the Pilgrim Fathers.
To experience the sights there is a public footpath that leads through Tolethorpe Park which passes a preserved building that was the original Tolethorpe Mill used by the estate for grinding corn.
For more information go to https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1073802
The Toll Bar is only a small but thriving community with plenty to offer. There is a Garden Centre incorporating a very busy Café which is a popular watering hole for walkers and cyclists.
On the top of the hill on the old A1 leading towards Stamford there is a Garage and Mini Supermarket which is popular with the nearby new housing estate. This also incorporates several small industrial units. Nearby not to be missed is a Nature Reserve, Casterton High Banks this is adjacent to the B1081 the old A1 road.
Toll Bar has a camp and caravan site which is popular being close to the A1 Stamford Bypass.
Toll Bar is served by a Bus route which is popular for getting to nearby Stamford or Peterborough.
HANDS, FACE, SPACE
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:46 by Tony Dolby
We are pleased to announce that the proposed defibrillator has now been installed in Little Casterton.
Posted: Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:25 by Tony Dolby
The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the village will soon have it's own life saving Defibrillator. Western Power will shortly consult with the Parish Council on a suitable location for the electrical connection which is hoped to be in close proximity to the telephone box in the centre of the village. More information will be posted as soon as the location has been agreed.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:43 by Tony Dolby