Colston Bassett is a beautiful village with a population of approximately two hundred people situated within the rolling countryside of the picturesque Vale of Belvoir. It is located in South Nottinghamshire, but within five miles of the borders of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, so truly, it is East Midlands in regional character.
Historically the village has been at the forefront of events, being the location of various skirmishes and incidents during the English Civil War, particularly due to split allegiances of two major local families. Both sides held claim to the support of the village during the course of the war.
Being an estate village since the Norman conquest, its unique character and its subsequent development has been shaped by the various owners from Ralph Basset, who was awarded the village by William the Conqueror, through to the Le Marchant family, who acquired the village in the late nineteenth century. The original Market Cross at the centre of village was erected in 1257 when Henry III granted Ralph de Basset and his heirs the right to hold a weekly market each Wednesday, as well as an annual three-day fair, but these rights are no longer exercised.
The village was one of the first villages in Nottinghamshire to acquire full conservation area status in the early 1970’s and this too has influenced its special character and development to the present time.
Although predominantly agricultural in nature, the village has also a number of local businesses which have developed in its special environment. Notably, Colston Bassett & District Dairy Limited, the producers of world famous traditional Stilton cheese. The Dairy, which was formed in 1913, is a community based company which uses local milk and suppliers to create its award winning traditional stilton cheeses.
The village is also home to the award winning pub and restaurant, the Martins Arms. Also within the village is the livery stables and riding school, Belle Vue Stables, on New Road. Furthermore, the long established and well known Belvoir Boarding Kennels are located within the parish.
Colston Bassett is, therefore, a truly tranquil and beautiful village that offers the visitor a special experience, whether walking the many public footpaths or enjoying all that the village has to offer.
For further information, please contact Nige Mayglothling, Clerk to the Parish Council on 01949 81549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org