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"UPPINGHAM, a market-town and parish in the hundred of MARTINSLEY, county of RUTLAND, 6 miles (S.) from Oakham, and 89 (N.N. W.) from London, containing 1630 inhabitants. This town, the name of which is descriptive of its elevated situation, consists chiefly, of one street,  ... The market, granted by Edward I., in 1280, to Peter de Montfort, is held on Wednesday; and fairs are on March 7th and July 7th, chiefly for horses, horned cattle, sheep, and coarse linen cloth. By statute of the llth of Henry VII., the standard of weights and measures for the county is kept here. The living is a rectory, in, the archdeaconry of Northampton, and diocese of Peterborough, rated in the king's books at £20. 0. 10., and in the patronage of the Bishop of London, The church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, stands on the southern side of the square; ... There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. A free grammar school, and an hospital for poor men, adjoining the churchyard, were founded, in 1584, by the Rev. Robert Johnson, Archdeacon of Leicester: these institutions are precisely similar to those at Oakham, the number of scholars varying occasionally at each place. At this school Dr. Charles Manners Sutton, late Archbishop of Canterbury; Lord Manners, late Chancellor of Ireland; Henry Feme, D.D., Bishop of Chester; and various other eminent persons, were educated. A National school is supported by voluntary contributions." [Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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