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St Nicholas

A chapel of ease and lovely example of a rural Victorian church in the tiny rural village of Thistleton in north Rutland.

Thistleton, Rutland

Opening times

The church is normally opened daily from Spring to Autumn with additional opening by request.
In the event that the church is locked, contact the Herb Nursery for a key (50 yards away).
Organised group visits are welcomed and refreshments provided.


Main Street
LE15 7RE

St Nicholas dates back to the 14th century although only the bell tower remains from that time. The nave and chancel were largely rebuilt in Victorian Gothic style in 1879. The work was funded by Revd J Henry Fludyer in memory of his three youngest children who died from Scarlet Fever.

St Nicholas was saved from closure in 2017 by combining the parish with nearby Cottesmore and a commitment by the community to raise funds and a volunteer workforce to maintain and renovate the building. The church remains fully licensed but has a limited number of services each year. The building provides a valuable resource for the community and promotes public interest in local heritage and history through a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The church hosts a cafe every Saturday.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Saturday Cafe 10.30am to 1.30pm from March to October.

  • Church of England

Contact information

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