Wymondham, Leicestershire

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Wymondham windmill.jpg
Wymondham windmill
Wymondham is located in Leicestershire
Location within Leicestershire
Population623 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSK850187
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLE14
Dialling code01572
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
List of places
52°45′36″N 0°44′28″W / 52.760°N 0.741°W / 52.760; -0.741Coordinates: 52°45′36″N 0°44′28″W / 52.760°N 0.741°W / 52.760; -0.741

Wymondham (pronounced phonetically) is a village in the Borough of Melton in Leicestershire, England. It is part of a civil parish which also covers the nearby hamlet of Edmondthorpe; the parish has a population of 623, increasing to 632 at the 2011 census.[2] It is close to the county borders with Lincolnshire and Rutland, nearby places being Garthorpe, Teigh (in Rutland) and South Witham (in Lincolnshire).


The village church is St Peter's; the pub is the Berkeley Arms. There is a windmill that has been converted into a visitor attraction with tea room and craft shops. A part-time mobile Post Office visits the village twice a week. Wymondham has a primary school and a pre-school group. There is also a large playing field named after Sir John Sedley.

St Peter's church[edit]

St Peter's Church

The parish church dates back to the 13th century and was built in the "Early English style on a cruciform plan"; the third storey of the tower and the spire are in the Perpendicular style;[3] the church priest is also responsible for Buckminster and Sewstern (South Framland). The church saw the wedding of footballer Michael Carrick and Lisa Roughead in June 2007.

Disused railway[edit]

A disused railway line, part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway branch line between Saxby and Bourne, runs just to the north of the village; the Edmondthorpe and Wymondham railway station closed to passengers in 1959[4] though the line remained open for ironstone freight, and HM Queen Elizabeth journeyed along it in 1967. The route was also used for holiday trips from Leicester to Skegness; the former goods yard, goods shed, station, Station House and Navvies' Cottage (Grade II Listed) are passed when travelling from the village along Butt Lane towards the windmill.

Stilton cheese[edit]

Frances Pawlett (or Paulet), a "skilled cheese maker" of Wymondham, has traditionally been credited as the person who set modern Stilton cheese's shape and style characteristics in the 1720s,[5][6] but others have also been named.[7]


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. ^ Taylor, Ralph Peniston (1976). St Peter's Church Wymondham. Trevor Hickman for Wymondham Parochial Church Council.
  4. ^ "Edmondthorpe - Wymondham Station Photographs". Wymondhamleics.free-online.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ Linford, Jenny (20 October 2008). Great British Cheeses. Penguin. pp. 208–. ISBN 9780756651008. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  6. ^ Weinzweig, Ari (14 November 2003). Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate, and Much More. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 286–. ISBN 9780547348117. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  7. ^ McCartney, Stewart (30 April 2012). Popular Errors Explained. Random House. pp. 36–. ISBN 9781409021896. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
Church Lane

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