Beaumunt, Beumond (xiii cent.); Beaumond (xv
cent.); Beamont (xvii cent.).
Beaumont Chase is an extra parochial district
within the ecclesiastical parish of Uppingham,
and is divided from Leicestershire by the Eye Brook.
It has an area of 463 acres. In 1885 a detached part
of Uppingham, known as Preston Leys and Preston
Leys Plantation, was added to Beaumont Chase.
There are only two lodges and one or two cottages
in the district, and the population in 1921 was only 14.
The ground is high, in some places reaching a
height of over 500 ft. There are the remains of an
ancient castle (fn. 1) in the north-east of the parish situated
in a commanding position about ¼ mile from the road
from Uppingham to Leicester. It was probably
thrown up during the anarchy of Stephen's reign by
Hasculf, Keeper of the Forest of Rutland and holder of
the property which was afterwards the manor of
Leighfield in Oakham. Beaumont Chase has always
followed the descent of Leighfield (q.v.). The first
mention of the name is in 1254 with regard to an
inquiry as to Peter de Montfort's interest in Upping-
ham sub Beaumont, (fn. 2) and in 1257 an order was given
by the king against the destruction of oaks in Beaumont. (fn. 3)
It was in the possession of the Earl of Gainsborough
in 1689, when it is first alluded to as a chace. (fn. 4)
It continued to pass with Leighfield (fn. 5) until 1925,
when the Beaumont Chase area then in the occupation
of Mr. W. R. Shelton, and another area then occupied
by Mr. W. C. Smith, were sold and there was a re-sale
to these gentlemen in the following year. (fn. 6)
|| V.C.H. Rutl. i, 112.
|| Cal. Close R. 1253–4, p. 307.
|| Ibid. 1256–9, p. 131.
|| Recov. R. Trin. 1 Will. and M.
|| Ibid. Hil. 57 Geo. III, ro. 161.
|| Inf. from Mr. Louis G. Dease.