The mellow, local stone which has been used to construct some of the houses in Hallaton add to the undoubted charm of this village. It nestles in the Welland Valley, amid south east Leicestershire’s beautiful rolling country-side, centrally placed between Oakham and Market Harborough with Uppingham being the closest town. For leisure pursuits, Rutland Water Nature Reserve is only about 8 miles away. Hallaton has its own primary school, church, public houses, a fortnightly mobile library service and a Post Office, a museum (run by volunteers), cricket team, and not least, the amateur archaeology group, famous for discovering ‘the Hallaton Hoard’ of Iron Age treasure.
Hallaton is also famous for its annual ‘bottle kicking’ festival which takes place on Easter Mondays, against the neighbouring village of Medbourne.
The Domesday book has an entry showing Hallaton known by the name of Alctone. However, findings from the 19th century support the belief that Castle Hill, located just outside Hallaton, was inhabited for more than a thousand years prior to the Norman invasion.
In 2000, one of the most significant hoards of Roman coins ever unearthed was found in the vicinity of Hallaton. Exhibits can now be viewed at the Market Harborough Museum.
To the west of the village but now only surviving as earthworks, stood Hallaton Castle.
Lying about 20 miles to the south east of the city of Leicester, close to the border of Britain’s smallest county, Rutland, Hallaton enjoys a rural location, yet not too far away from a choice of historic and attractive small towns such as Uppingham, Market Harborough and Oakham. There is a village shop in Medbourne .
The nearest mainline railway stations are at Market Harborough and Oakham . These lines run directly to London
The beautiful parish church of St.Michael and All Angels has Norman origins but mainly dates back to the 13th-century.
There is a Post Office and two public house – the Bewicke Arms and The Fox Inn.
Hallaton Manor is a privately run specialist residential home, located on Cranoe Road
The village Recreation Ground is the meeting place for Hallaton’s thriving cricket team.
The Stenning Hall