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Redbourne, Snitterby and Waddingham, 1872

Extracted from White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire MDCCCLXXII

Published : 08 August 2019

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Extracted from White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire MDCCCLXXII

REDBOURNE is a neat and pleasant village on the Lincoln road, 5½ miles S. by W. of Brigg, 2½ miles E.N.E. of Kirton-in-Lindsey, and 2½ miles from Kirton and Scawby Stations. It has in its parish 336 inhabitants, and about 3919 acres of land, and is all the property of the Duke of St. Albans, whose principal seat is Redbourne Hall, a large and handsome mansion, near the village, in a well-wooded park of 150 acres; but it is now occupied by John Dalton Dannatt, Esq. The manor was anciently held by the Sothill family, and afterwards by the Carters, whose heiress carried it in marriage to Lord William Beauclerk, who, in 1816, succeeded his nephew as Duke of St. Albans, and died in 1825, when his titles and estates passed to his son, the late Duke, who died in 1849, when he was succeeded by his son, William Amelius Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, the present Duke of St. Albans, Earl of Burford, Baron of Heddington, Baron Vere of Hanworth, hereditary Grand Falconer of England, and hereditary registrar of the Court of Chancery. His Grace is the tenth Duke of St. Albans, was born in 1840, and married in 1867, Sybil, daughter of the late Hon. General Grey, who was private secretary to Her Majesty.

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A moated area, near Redbourne, called Tunstal, is the site of a small priory of Gilbertine nuns, founded in the reign of Stephen, by Reginald de Crevequer, and given by his son Alexander to Bullington priory. The Church (St. Andrew) is a handsome structure, with a lofty tower and six bells, and its nave and chancel have side aisles. The aisle on the south side of the chancel is lighted by a painted glass window, and contains several handsome memorials of the Carter and St. Albans families, whose vault is under this part of the church. On the north side of the communion table is a tomb, bearing the figure of a knight in armour, and inscribed to Gerald Sothill, who died in 1401. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £5 10., is now worth £280 per annum, and is in the incumbency of the Rev. George Godfrey, M.A., who has a neat Gothic vicarage house. The Duke of St. Albans is the patron and impropriator. The tithes were commuted for yearly rent-charges in 1841; the rectorial for £528, and the vicarial for £236. The National School was built by the late Duke in 1840, on a moated area called Castle hill, being the site of a castellated mansion, which was the residence of the ancient lords of the manor. It is attended by over 40 children of both sexes. The poor parishioners have £2 a year, charged on land in Waddingham, by Thomas Waterhouse, in 1723.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Robert Rowley's, where letters arrive a.t 9.30 a.m., and are despatched at 4.30 p.m. on week days, and on Sundays arrive at 11.30 a.m., and despatched at 1 p.m., via Kirton, which is the nearest Money Order Office, and it and Scawby are the nearest Railway Stations.

Redbourne Church of St. Andrew

Redbourne Church of St. Andrew


  • Brearley William, master, National School
  • Campbell Miss Maria, farmer (Hall & C.), South field
  • Campbell Thomas, farmer, Hays ; h Grange, Owston
  • Cuthbert Timothy, farmer, River Head farm
  • Dannatt John Dalton, farmer, The Hall
  • Dorner Thomas, shopkeeper & blacksmith
  • Godfrey Rev Geo., M.A. Vicarage
  • Goodhand Elijah, shopkeeper, draper, joiner and wheelwright
  • Hall & Campbell, farmers, South field
  • Hall William, farmer, Manor house
  • Hall William, jun. farmer (H. & Campbell), Southfield
  • Herring George Bland, farmer, Stonelands farm
  • Hill John, farmer, Northwood
  • Nocton Mrs Harriet, Redbourne Villa
  • Osgodby Thomas, victualler, Red Lion commercial hotel
  • Rowley Joseph, shoemaker & parish clerk
  • Rowley Robert, shoemaker & postmaster
  • Travis John, farmer, Harewood farm
  • Walker Joseph, farmer, Cliff farm

CARRIER - Thomas Broughton (from Kirton) passes through, to Brigg, on Monday and Thursday




SNITTERBY is a parish 4 miles N.N.E. of Spittal, 4 S.E. of Kirton-in-Lindsey, and 9 miles S. of Brigg, containing 300 inhabitants, and 1640 acres of fertile land, mostly occupied by the owners. The representatives of the late Mr. Thomas Hall are the lords of the manor. It was a township and chapelry in the parish of Waddingham until 1858, when it was constituted a separate parish for civil as well as ecclesiastical purposes. The Church (St. Nicholas) is in the Early English style, was rebuilt in 1866, at a cost of £1000 raised chiefly by subscription, aided by a parish rate, and contains accommodation for about 150 worshippers. The benefice is a rectory, valued at £392 per annum, in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Richard Edward Warner, M.A., who resides at the Rectory House.

A National School was built here in 1863, at an expense of about £160, and is attended by 35 children of both sexes. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel in the parish; the former was erected in 1840, and the latter in 1849. Letters arrive at 12 a.m. and are despatched at 3 p.m, via Kirton-in-Lindsey, which is the nearest Money Order Office and Railway Station.

Snitterby Church of St. Nicholas

Snitterby Church of St. Nicholas


  • Anderson Mr John, The Villa
  • Atkinson James, farmer
  • Atkinson William, farmer
  • Bell William, farmer, The Carr
  • Blackburn David, watch cleaner
  • Boulton John, farmer, Sandhays
  • Bowness John, farmer, The Carr
  • Capes George, blacksmith
  • Creaser Albert, farm bailiff
  • Daddy Mrs. Sarah
  • Dixon Thomas, shoemaker
  • Goodwin Miss Sarah, National school mistress
  • Holton Matthew John, shopkeeper, draper and carrier to Lincoln, Brigg, and Market Rasen
  • Kirby Robert, farmer, Thornecroft
  • Lidgard John Belton, farmer
  • Robinson John, farmer, South moor
  • Sissons John, sexton
  • Thomas Joseph, farmer
  • Towell William, farmer
  • Trafford George, farmer, Sandhays
  • Trafford Toft Walker, farmer, Snitterby house
  • Ward John, farmer
  • Warner Rev. Richard Edward, M.A., rector, The Rectory
  • Wilkinson John, farmer and victualler, Royal Oak
  • Worrall William, farmer, The Carr
  • Wright Thomas, farmer, Sandhays

CARRIER - Matthew John Holton to Market Rasen, Tuesday, Brigg, Thursday, and Lincoln, Friday

WADDINGHAM or Wadingham, an ancient village on one of the branches and near the sources of the river Ancholme, 8 miles S. by W. of Glanford Brigg, and 5 miles S.E. of Kirton, has in its parish the small hamlets of Brandy Wharf and Windle Bridge, and included formerly the township and chapelry of Snitterby, which lies south of the village, in Aslacoe Wapentake, but which was separated from it in 1858 and constituted a distinct parish. It contains 723 inhabitants, and 3720 acres 3 rods & 22 perches of land. Sir Theodore Henry Lavington Brinckman, Bart., son of the late T. H. Broadhead, Esq., is lord of the manor, but resides in London. A part of the soil belongs to the Duke of St. Albans, W. and G. Skipworth, Esqrs., and to the Kirby, Wray and many other families. Brandy Wharf is on the Ancholme navigation, 2 miles E. of Waddingham. At Windle or Wingall Bridge, there was anciently a ferry across the Ancholme.

Here were anciently two Churches, dedicated to St. Mary and St. Peter; but only the former now remains, upon a commanding eminence, and all traces of the latter are gone. It consists of nave, having a clerestory, north and south aisles, chancel, south porch and vestry, and was restored in 1862, at an expense of £840, raised by subscription, except the cost of the restoration of the chancel, which was defrayed by the rector. It contains an organ, built by Nicholson of Lincoln. The united rectories of St. Mary and St. Peter, valued in K.B. at £29. 6s. 8d., and now having a yearly tithe-rent of £760, and upwards of 133 acres of glebe, mostly allotted at the enclosure of Waddingham and Snitterby, are in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Revel Eardley Wilmot, M.A., Honorary Canon of Worcester, and successor to the Rev. William Josiah Irons, D.D. He occupies a small rectory house, built in 1861, at an outlay of £1200, borrowed from the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty.

Waddingham Church of St. Mary and St. Peter

Waddingham Church of St. Mary and St. Peter

The Free School, which was rebuilt in 1830, at a cost of £200, was founded in 1719, by Mr. James Thompson, who endowed it with 21 acres of land, called "South-North Hill", 7 acres in the Carrs, a common-right in Cowfield, and one "rake" in the South Carr. This land is now let for about £60 a year, but eight acres of it are subject to the Ancholme drainage tax. The greater part of the parish was enclosed under a decree of the Court of Chancery, in 1700, under which 20 acres were allotted to the poor, and the rent is carried to the poor rates. The "North Carrs" were enclosed under an Act of Parliament, and the commissioners awarded the herbage of all the roads in the said carrs to be let, and the rents applied towards the reparation of the said roads. They also allotted 24 acres 2 rods 31 perches, called the Stonefield and Hemp dykes, for the freeholders of the parish to get stone therein, for the reparation of the roads, and to "rett their hemp in;" and they also awarded 7 acres 29 perches for the reparation and maintenance of the drains and bridges. Here are two small chapels, belonging to the Wesleyan and the Primitive Methodists, built in 1816 and 1835, and attached to which are Sunday schools.

POST OFFICE at Mr. John Houseman's. Letters arrive at 10.30 a.m., and are despatched at 3.30 p.m. via Kirton-in-Lindsey, which is the nearest Money Order Office and Railway Station.



Marked * are at Brandy Wharf.
  • Abey Robert, grocer and draper
  • Anderson David, tailor and draper
  • Anderson John, grocer and draper
  • Anderson Robert, farmer
  • Anderson William, corn miller & farmer
  • Aston Joseph, M.R.C.S.E. & L.A.C. surgeon and medical officer, Waddingham district
  • Bavin Thomas, farmer, Mount Pleasant
  • Bee John, parish clerk
  • Bland Luke, shopkeeper
  • Broughton Mrs Sarah, farmer
  • Cash Christopher, grocer & draper
  • Catlin William, farmer
  • Charles Elijah, tailor and draper
  • Charles Mr James
  • Charles James jun. bricklayer & plasterer
  • * Cousins John, coal dealer h North Kelsey
  • Driffill John, joiner and wheelwright
  • Ducker Richard, carrier
  • Ducker William, grocer and draper
  • Everatt Thomas, farmer
  • * Fenton James, coal merchant and wharfinger
  • Goldsmith George James, schoolmaster (Free School)
  • Good Thomas, farmer, farrier & castrator
  • Herring Frederick, farmer, Sandhays
  • Herring Mr Joseph, Sandhays
  • Hiles Edward, farmer
  • Hiles Joseph, farmer
  • Houseman John, postmaster
  • Howlett Mr Elisha
  • Howlett James, joiner & wheelwright
  • Howlett Joseph, farmer, Common
  • * Johnson William, joiner
  • Kemp Joseph, shopkeeper
  • Kent Thomas, corn miller & baker
  • Kirby Thomas, farm bailiff, Holmes
  • Kirby William, farmer, Grange
  • * Major Dennis, coal merchant (R. & D.)
  • Major Robert and Dennis, coal merchants and farmers
  • * Major Robert, coal merchant &c. (R. & D.)
  • Martin William, farmer
  • Martin William, farm bailiff
  • May Samuel, grocer and draper
  • Page John, farmer
  • Rands John, shoemaker
  • Roberts George, farmer
  • Rayner Thomas, farmer & victualler, Marquis of Granby commercial hotel
  • Roberts William, farmer
  • Robinson William, farmer & carrier
  • Seaton Richard, blacksmith
  • Stow George, farmer
  • Surfleet John, farmer
  • Traves Christopher, farmer & victualler, Anchor Inn
  • Wilmot Rev. Edward Revel Eardley, M.A. rector and hon. canon of Worcester ; The Rectory
  • Wilson George, tailor
  • Wilson John, farmer
  • Wray John, farmer, Waddingham house
  • Young James, butcher and farmer

CARRIERS - Richard Ducker & William Robinson, to Gainsborough, Tuesday; Brigg, Thursday; Caistor, Saturday. Richard Ducker to Kirton, and William Robinson to Lincoln, on Friday

Anchor Inn, Brandy Wharf

Anchor Inn, Brandy Wharf

TL;DR - Conclusion.


In 1872, Queen Victoria was the ruling monarch, William Gladstone was the Prime Minister. It was the wettest year ever recorded with over 50 inches of rain falling on England and Wales, due in no small part to climate change and global warming brought on by those new-fangled steam engines. Britain wasn't actually at war with anyone, but troops were deployed in British Honduras against some revolting indians who objected to the British stealing their land and resources. The Licensing Act of 1872 made it an offence to be drunk in public, and of being drunk in a public place while in charge of a horse, a cow, a steam engine, or a carriage, or in possession of a loaded firearm, which no doubt curtailed many a good night out at Brandy Wharf pub. Incidentally, Redbourne, Snitterby and Waddingham were all going to be on the route of the North Lincolnshire Light Railway until it didn't get built, but this was a few years later and the subject of a different article. Meanwhile in Norway, Roald Amundsen was born, this is seen by many as his first serious step towards beating Robert F. Scott to the South pole some 40 years later.







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