Rutland is the smallest county in England,
with dimensions of about fifteen miles from north to south and the same
from east to west and a population of 19706 in 1901. Its borders are Leicestershire,
Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
Kelly, 1901, notes very good rail communications and a network of 300
miles of roads.
With air described as 'healthy' , gentle hills and fertile soil, Rutland
was essentially rural and the local directories record many people working
on the land in dairy or arable farming and in the services which supported
agriculture. It seems to have been known for barley, oats, sheep, turnips
and Stilton cheese; and the remains of old forests were a source of timber.
There were monthly cattle fairs in Oakham and fairs twice a year in Uppingham.
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