Nettleton shown within Lincolnshire
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|– London||140 mi (230 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Nettleton is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situates less than 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west from the town of Caistor. According to the 2001 census the village had a population of 579.
On Boxing Day, shoemakers would traditionally 'beat the lapstone' at the house of any 'water drinker' (teetotaller), as a mocking act and practical joke. The tradition derives from an 18th-century story in which a Nettleton resident, Thomas Stickler, who had declined alcohol for twenty years, became inebriated after drinking half a pint of ale at his shoemaker on Christmas Day. When questioned by his wife, he replied that he was not drunk but had simply fallen "over the lapstone".
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