Uppingham Heritage Trail highlights town’s history

High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle and Uppingham mayor David Casewell at a trail  interpretation board in Beast Hill. Photo by Rod Marshall.
High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle and Uppingham mayor David Casewell at a trail interpretation board in Beast Hill. Photo by Rod Marshall.
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A tourism project which has been launched to celebrate the historic sites of a market town is now up and running.

The Uppingham Heritage Trail was officially opened by the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle on Sunday in front of a group of 40 volunteers who helped set it up.

The trail is a route that identifies 20 sites within the town, linked by a printed map and guide, that highlight historical facts about each point.

The points featured on the route include Market Place, Uppingham School and Tod’s Piece.

The scheme has been supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and drawn up by Uppingham Town Council.

Uppingham mayor David Casewell, who was at the opening, said: “The trail was inspired by the sight of visitors to the town wandering around not really knowing what to look for. Uppingham is a gem of a town but you really need to know what to look for.

“The heritage trail will help everybody get the most of their experience of the town.”

Coun Casewell thanked the heritage trail committee and the Heritage Lottery fund for their support in the project.

The trail includes a virtual museum to portray the history of the town. This currently focuses on capturing the biographies of Uppingham residents who gave their lives during the First World War.

There are also seven interpretation boards giving further facts and information along the route.

Each site is identified by a numbered plaque with a QR code that links those with the necessary phone equipment to the trail’s website.

The group who walked the trail on Sunday enjoyed a buffet lunch at The Falcon Hotel after to celebrate the opening.

Copies of the Uppingham Heritage Trail leaflet are available at most shops, pubs and restaurants in the town.

For more information and to see the route, visit www.uppinghamheritagetrail.org.uk