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Burley House (Burley-on-the-Hill)

Burley House is the big house at Burley-on-the-Hill in Rutland.

Standing proudly on the top of the hill overlooking Oakham and the Vale of Catmose, the first house was built for Sir John Harrington in the16th century, but rebuilt for the Duke of Buckingham between 1620 and 1630, but was destroyed in the Civil War.

It was here that Jeffrey Hudson, the Rutland Dwarf, was introduced to Charles I by leaping out of a pie.

Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham, rebuilt the house in the last years of the 17th century.

It has now been converted into apartments.

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