Villages to explore in Melton

Bottesford

Bottesford is the largest in the Vale of Belvoir, bordering Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. After the 1st World War it became a local shopping and tourist centre: on May bank Holiday, 1920, 700 people visited Bottesford by train and horse-drawn waggonettes took rail visitors to Belvoir Castle. Today, the village retains its rural character in the setting of a modern village with shops, pubs and restaurants. I can be reached by train from Nottingham and Grantham and buses connect with Melton and surrounding villages.


Things to See & Do

1. Visit St Mary the Virgin's Church

Sometimes known as the "Lady of the Vale", is a large medieval church at the centre of the village. The church is also the burial place of several earls of Rutland, one of the Rutland tombs is famous for its inscription, which attributes a death to witchcraft by the Witches of Belvoir.

There are two Scheduled Monuments within the village – the packhorse bridge known as Fleming's Bridge and the stone cross in the Market Place. The stocks and whipping post are grade II listed.

Today, the village retains its rural character in the setting of a modern village with shops, pubs and restaurants. It can be reached by train from Nottingham and Grantham, and buses connect with surrounding towns.

Links: Bottesford History Trail

Interesting Fact

Entertainers Laurel and Hardy stayed for Christmas 1952 at the Bull Inn, where the landlady was Stan Laurel's sister Olga. They were appearing at the Empire Theatre in Nottingham. There is a plaque to this effect on the building