Seaton, Rutland

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All Hallows church, Seaton
Grid reference: SP904982
Location: 52°34’30"N, 0°40’1"W
Population: 178  (2001[1])
Post town: Oakham
Postcode: LE15
Dialling code: 01572
Local Government
Council: Rutland
Rutland and Melton

Seaton is a village and parish in the county of Rutland. The population of the civil parish was 178 at the 2001 census, including Stoke Dry and Thorpe by Water, increasing to 250 at the 2011 census.[2]

Nearby is the large Seaton Viaduct, on the Oakham to Kettering railway line. It is three quarters of a mile long and took four years to build. It has 82 arches which are up to 72 ft high. For many years the railway was only used for freight traffic, but a restricted passenger service from Oakham to London via Corby and Kettering was opened in 2010. Seaton railway station, on a different line, closed in 1966.

The toponym, first recorded in the Domesday Book as Seieton and Segentone, is of uncertain origin. It probably means the "farm or village of a man named Sǣġa", but it may refer to an otherwise unrecorded stream name Sǣġe, meaning "slow-moving".[3]

Thomas Minot, later Archbishop of Dublin, became parson here in 1351.[4]

Major-General Robert Overton a prominent soldier and scholar who supported the Parliamentary cause during the Civil War, was buried here in 1678.

When Henry Royce (founder of Rolls Royce) was created a baronet, he took Seaton as his territorial designation. His family had worked here as millers.

The village has one public house - the George and Dragon, on Main Street.


  1. "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Seaton, Leic", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978 0 521 16855 7 
  4. Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926
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