Whissendine is a beautiful village and Civil Parish in the county of Rutland, England lying north west of the county town, Oakham. Whissendine boasts a church, a former Methodist chapel, and a windmill. The Methodist chapel closed in 2009, the last service being held on 30 August.
Whissendine Windmill, built in 1809, is again producing flour. Miller Nigel Moon restored the full set of sails in September 2006 and has returned it to wind power. You can buy the flour from the village shop or the Miller who also sells his flour to local bakeries.
The large Parish Church which lies towards the east of the village centre has a prominent tower. The screen to the Lady Chapel was brought here in the 19th century from the old chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge.
The Village Hall is a centre for the community, hosting many events throughout the year including antique fayres and the village pantomime. Each year in July, the village hosts a “feast week”, an ancient custom from the Middle Ages that has been reintroduced and entails a week of activities for the community. This includes a 6-mile (9.7 km) run, an AA approved race, the Feast week extravaganza, the knockout and the fete on the green.
The village also has a Sports Club which plays host to a cricket team, football pitch, tennis club, archery club and a bowling green.
The pasture called The Banks is still let by an ancient custom. The tradition involves a candle into which a pin is stuck and is lit and the last bidder before the pin falls is entitled to rent The Banks for the ensuing year.
The village sits on the Rutland Round, the circular walk around Britain’s smallest county. Other attractions nearby to Whissendine are Burghley House, Normanton Church, Rutland Water, Rockingham Castle and Racetrack, Belvoir Castle. Shopping and sight seeing at Stamford and Uppingham is a real treat with many boutique shops along the high street.