Althorpe

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Coordinates: 53°34′39″N 0°44′27″W / 53.5775°N 0.7407°W / 53.5775; -0.7407

Althorpe
Keadby Bridge
Keadby Bridge
Althorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Althorpe
Althorpe
 Althorpe shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,752 (2001 census with Keadby)
OS grid reference SE797101
    - London 145 mi (233 km)  S
Civil parish Keadby with Althorpe
Unitary authority North Lincolnshire
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Scunthorpe
Postcode district DN17
Dialling code 01724
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Scunthorpe
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Althorpe is a small village in North Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 4 miles (6 km) west from Scunthorpe, 4 miles south-east from Crowle, and on the A18 road.

History[edit]

Domesday Book 1086. Only " one carucate of land to be taxed. Land to one plough. Six sokemen have there one Plough."

Mostly marsh and stream, usable land would be on the river bank.

A 1620's scheme by Vermuyden for drainage of the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase had two phases:

  1. The southern arm of the River Torne was blocked. The course of the other arm was straightened by cutting a drain, and its waters emptied through a sluice into the River Trent at Althorpe.
  2. A second long drain was cut from Idlestop to Dirtness. This ran parallel to the River Torne and the water was sluiced into the River Trent at Althorpe. In the early 19th century an addition outfall – Folly Drain – was constructed at Derrythorpe. At a later stage these outfalls were replaced by a new outfall for 'the three rivers' at Keadby.

Geography[edit]

The village lies within the civil parish of Keadby with Althorpe which includes the hamlet of Derrythorpe to the south. To the south of the village is the large civil parish of Belton, North Lincolnshire, and next to the River Trent is part of West Butterwick. It is one of twelve parishes in the Isle of Axholme, and before 1996 was in the Boothferry district of Humberside. Althorpe is in the Axholme North ward of North Lincolnshire. There used to be only eight parishes in the Isle of Axholme. Amcotts was created from part of Althorpe in 1850.

Main article: Keadby Bridge

The King George V Swing Bridge (also known as Keadby Bridge) crosses the River Trent near Althorpe to connect the Isle of Axholme to Scunthorpe and the rest of North Lincolnshire. The A18 crosses the bridge, and until the M180 motorway – 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south – opened in 1979, this was the main east-west route to Grimsby (through Scunthorpe). The A18 previously went through the village but was diverted to the north-west.

Community[edit]

Althorpe Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Oswald.[1] Built in 1483 by Sir John Neville, it is of Perpendicular style. During a restoration in 1868 sedilia (stone seats) were found to have been erected on a marble slab dedicated to 14th-century rector William de Lound.[2]

The ecclesiastical parish covers the approximate area of the civil parish, with St Oswald's church shared with Keadby in the combined parish of Keadby with Althorpe. The parish group of churches includes those at Amcotts and Belton.

St Oswald's church[3] is in the older part of Althorpe. Althorpe and Keadby Primary School (opened in 1975), and the Post Office,[4] are in the newer part near the bridge over the River Trent. The village public house is The Dolphin[5] – the Original Dolphin Inn stood on the River Trent at the end of Ferry Lane, originally Dolphin Street.

Althorpe railway station, which lies to the north of the village on the Doncaster to Cleethorpes Line, is closer to Keadby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ English Heritage. "Church of St Oswald (1083258)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 July 2011 .
  2. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 44; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  3. ^ St Oswald's Althorpe; geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  4. ^ Keadby Post Office, geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2011
  5. ^ The Dolphin Inn, Althorpe, geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2011

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