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Rutland

Famous as being England's smallest proper county, it has a lot packed into it.

The original Ruddles brewery was in Rutland and the other essential ingredient of an Englishman's diet, the pork pie, reaches the pinnacle of perfection in Melton Mowbray.

Traditions include Rush Bearing at Barrowden and at Whissendine, the pasture called The Banks is still let by an ancient custom. A candle in which a pin is stuck is lit and the last bidder before the pin falls is entitled to rent The Banks for the ensuing year.