Blyton

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Blyton
St Martin de Tours, Blyton.jpg
Church of Saint Martin de Tours, Blyton
Blyton is located in Lincolnshire
Blyton
Blyton
 Blyton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,086 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SK855945
   – London 135 mi (217 km)  S
District West Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GAINSBOROUGH
Postcode district DN21
Dialling code 01427
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Coordinates: 53°26′26″N 0°42′43″W / 53.440515°N 0.711932°W / 53.440515; -0.711932

Blyton is a village and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) north-east from Gainsborough. From Blyton the village of Laughton lies to the north, and Pilham to the south-east, while the course of the River Trent runs nearby to the west.

Blyton had a population of 1,086 in the 2001 Census.[1]

History[edit]

The name Blyton is thought[by whom?] to be from a combination of the Old Norse and Old English Bligr+ton, meaning "farmstead of a man called Bligr".[2] It appeared in the Domesday Book as Blitone.

Great Central Railway's heavy rail line between Gainsborough and Grimsby came to Blyton around 1848, whereby Blyton railway station was established within the parish. Although the line is still operational, the station has closed.

During the Second World War, Blyton was home to the bomber airfield RAF Blyton, just north-east of the village. It was abandoned in 1954. The B1205 road skirts the southern border of the old airfield, and the A159 runs through its western edge. Today the airfield has been converted into Blyton Raceway for motor sports and karting.

Governance[edit]

From a very early time,[when?] Blyton was part of an ancient parish, Blyton cum Wharton, within the historic county boundaries of the Parts of Lindsey in Lincolnshire[3]

In March 1886 a part of Pilham parish, known as Pilham Carr, was transferred to Blyton. Some records refer to it simply as "Carr".

For governance, Blyton parish was in the Corringham Wapentake in the West Lindsey district of the Parts of Lindsey. From 1894 until 1974 it lay within Gainsborough Rural District in the administrative county of Lindsey.

Since 1974 Blyton has been within the shire district of West Lindsey.

Churches[edit]

The Grade I listed Anglican church, established in the 11th century, is dedicated to St Martin.[4] The lower parts of the tower are Norman and sections of the aisle are Early English. The chancel was rebuilt in 1877, but retains a window from c.1300. The font is of Perpendicular style. The north wall of the chancel bears an inscription to the children (d.1613 and 1615) of Sir John Wray.[5]

There is also a Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1851.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001. "Blyton CP (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Mills, A. D (1991) "A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time. "A vision of Blyton cum Wharton AP/CP". Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  4. ^ English Heritage. "Church of St Martin (1064159)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916). Lincolnshire. Methuen & Co. Ltd. p. 65. 

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