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Coordinates: 52°53′46″N 0°31′36″W / 52.8961°N 0.5268°W / 52.8961; -0.5268

Ropsley is located in Lincolnshire
 Ropsley shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference SK992342
    - London 100 mi (160 km)  S
Civil parish Ropsley and Humby[1]
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRANTHAM
Postcode district NG33
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Grantham and Stamford
List of places

Ropsley is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) east from Grantham, and falls within the civil parish of Ropsley and Humby.[2]


Ropsley is the location of the source of the River East Glen, or River Eden. There several disused quarries nearby, two of which are situated in the village itself.[3]

There are two village public houses: The Ropsley Fox and The Green Man.

Ropsley village hall has grounds which incorporate a basketball court, a football pitch and a cricket pitch. There is a golf course located on the outskirts of the village; it has 12 holes after undergoing extension. A running club based in Ropsley is called the Ropsley Road Runners. Ropsley Judo club is no longer active.[citation needed]

Ropsley was the birthplace of Richard Foxe, the Tudor Bishop who funded the Grammar School at Grantham and Corpus Christi College at Oxford.[4]

A 300 year old ring dam, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south-east from the village and identified by a group of trees, was once used as a sheep wash; the blue brickwork of the sheep wash can still be seen.[citation needed] There are paths from the village, past the ring dam, to Little Humby.[3]

St Peter's Church[edit]

St Peter's Church

The church of St Peter dates back to Norman times. Some parts of the church appear to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.[5] The building dates back to at least 1380. In the 17th century part of the church was demolished and re built by the vicar of the time, Reverend Francis Furlong, because dry rot was discovered in the walls.[6]

The ecclesiastical parish is part of The North Beltisloe Group of parishes[7] in the Deanery of Beltisloe in the Diocese of Lincoln.[8] From 2006 to 2011 the incumbent was the Revd Richard Ireson [9] and from 2012 the Revd Mike Doyle.


The first school was built here in 1717, endowed by James Thompson.[citation needed] It was rebuilt about 1805 after a fire.[citation needed] A Public Elementary School was built here in 1874, and enlarged in 1894.[citation needed] The 1894 enlargements, which increased pupil intake to 400, was deemed a great success for the village.[according to whom?]

Today the school teaches almost 100 pupils. It has its own wildlife area, playground, climbing frame and football pitch, and a bell tower and hall.[10]

The school holds a Summer Fete and a Christmas Fayre biannually. Each year at harvest time the school holds a harvest festival; children walk from the school to the church with their offerings. The food collected is then raffled-off.[citation needed]

Ropsley Rise Woods. The centre of the woods was thinned out in 2008

Wildlife and walks[edit]

Many walks in the Ropsley area go through traditional English woodland, including Ropsley Rise Woods and picnic area.[citation needed] There is a wide variety of wildlife in and around the Ropsley.[clarification needed]

Military history[edit]

Ropsley has three war memorials, all of which are recorded.[by whom?] One is situated in the centre of the village and dedicated to First and Second World War servicemen. Two further memorials are inside St Peter's Church: one commemorates War dead, the second, a stained glass window, is a memorial to Sgt Pilot of the Royal Air Force, William Philip Dales from Little Humby. Each year on Remembrance Day, a parade, led by a piper, travels from St Peter's Church to the memorial at the centre of the village for two minutes silence.[citation needed]


Previously there were several small farms in and around the Ropsley area. Today, very little of the land is used for livestock; it is almost all arable farmland, growing crops from barley to oil seed rape.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish details". 
  2. ^ "Ropsley and Humby parish council". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 7 September 2013. "The "Ropsley & District Parish Council" covers the electorial area of the village of Ropsley & the hamlets of Braceby, Great Humby, Little Humby & Sapperton. The Ropsley & Humby Ward elects seven councillors & the Braceby & Sapperton Ward one." 
  3. ^ a b Ordnance survey of Great Britain (3 January 2006). Grantham: Bottesford & Colsterworth (Map). 1:25 000. OS Explorer (A1 ed.). Section 247. ISBN 9780319238332.
  4. ^ "Bishop Richard Foxe". Church web site. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Taylor, H M (1978). Anglo-Saxon architecture : volume 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 1110. 
  6. ^ Church of St.Peter (325721). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  7. ^ "St. Peter's Church, Ropsley", Retrieved 14 May 2012
  8. ^ "Ropsley P C C", Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 14 May 1012
  9. ^ "North Beltisloe Group Council Report for PCC AGMs."; PDF download required. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  10. ^ "Ropsley CofE School web site". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ropsley at Wikimedia Commons