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Uppingham Market Square

Uppingham Market Square

UPPINGHAM MARKET PLACE: The heart of Uppingham is lined with 18th and 19th century facades, though older buildings like behind some of them. In the centre is the drinking fountain erected for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887: sadly it is no longer connected to water. The Falcon Hotel was, as you can see by the stonework around the main entrance, a coaching inn.

Nortons on Uppingham Market Square

Nortons on Uppingham Market Square

Nortons Ironmongers (where you can buy almost anything, including a single sheet of sandpaper) has fulfilled this function since at least 1700 and the attractive curved and columned frontage has an old Rutland plough over the door. The Georgian Post Office building and, opposite, the former Bank are appropriately grand. Friday is market day in Uppingham, and there’s an annual live animal market too, when the square looks much as it did 300 years ago.

OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, UPPINGHAM: You can only view the outside, but stroll round the back of the Church to see the 1584 building that is the origin of today’s famous Uppingham School. Like Oakham, it was founded by Archdeacon Robert Johnson. This is on Uppingham’s excellent town trail: do walk down Beast Hill (as it was called) to enjoy the town’s hidden side.

Uppingham Heritage Trail

Uppingham Heritage Trail

UPPINGHAM SCHOOL (not open to the public): The main school site is on High Street West: you cannot, of course wander in, but there are occasional public events which provide the opportunity to admire the mostly Victorian gothic architecture, though the oldest building on this site is the 1592 ‘hospital’ now the school library. The fine chapel dates to 1865 and is a good concert venue. The new science centre opened in 2014 is a superb contemporary building a short walk up Stockerston Road.

 
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