Visit Ryhall and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ryhall, Rutland. The Church of St John the Evangelist here is traditionally associated with the legend of St Tibba, the patron saint of falconers. She was the niece of King Penda of Mercia, and is said to have lived, about 1,300 years ago, in a cell where the church now stands. In the 9th century her remains were transferred to the great abbey of Medeshamstede, later called Peterborough, but there is still a St Tibba's Well to be seen near the church today. The 13th century tower and spire of St John's are particularly beautiful; the sedilia are 14th century; in the north arcade is a crouching stone figure of St Christopher, wearing a coronet of fleurs-de-lis; the south doorway, with its border of floral moulding, is surmounted by a priest's chamber, which was once a school.
From here drive 1 mile North up the B1174 to Essendine, so tucked away off the busy A-roads that you are likely to see a golden pheasant crossing unhurriedly in front of the car.
Surrounded by a moat in which water still lies are the small remains of the old home of the Cecils, a 12th century castle given by Queen Elizabeth to Lord Burghley. The Church of St Mary, said to have been the castle chapel, is still substantially a Norman building, remodelled in the 13th century and with an especially remarkable door (c. 1140), which is often photographed. Note especially the tympanum decorated with a figure of Christ and two angels — more usually found in French churches. The double bellcots are typical of Rutland, South East of the church is a l7th century bridge with massive cutwaters.
Do not miss the chance of driving 1 mile North along the B1174 to Cariby to see the enchanting little church with its 700-year-old spire, rescued from decay in the 1930s.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Barholm, Barnack, Barrowden, Baston, Bourne, Braceborough, Careby, Carlby, Casterton, Castle Bytham, Clipsham, Collyweston, Counthorpe, Creeton, Duddington, Easton on the Hill, Edenham, Edith Weston, Empingham, Essendine, Exton, Glinton, Great Casterton, Greatford, Greetham, Gunby, Helpston, Ketton, Langtoft, Little Bytham, Lound, Marholm, Market Deeping, Milton, Morcott, Normanton, North Luffenham, North Witham, Northborough, Oakham, South Luffenham, South Witham, Southorpe, Stamford, Stretton, Swinstead, Tallington, Thornhaugh, Tickencote, Tinwell, Toft, Ufford, Ufford, Upton, Wakerley, Wansford, West Deeping, Whitwell, Wilsthorpe, Wittering
Have you decided to visit Ryhall or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Ryhall bed and breakfast (a Ryhall B&B or Ryhall b and b)
- a Ryhall guesthouse
- a Ryhall hotel (or motel)
- a Ryhall self-catering establishment, or
- other Ryhall accommodation