Skellingthorpe shown within Lincolnshire
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Skellingthorpe is a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 3 miles (5 km) west from Lincoln city centre, and just outside the A46 Lincoln ring road.
The village parish church is dedicated to St Lawrence. Skellingthorpe Hall is to the east of the village; Old Wood to the west. There are two village public houses: the Stones Arms (named after Henry Stone) and the Plough Inn, both on High Street.
The east-west Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway used to pass through the village, heading west through Ollerton in Nottinghamshire. The line was built in 1897 and carried freight until 1979. Skellingthorpe railway station closed in 1955. The line is now a cycle path on a National Cycle Route.
Every Wednesday a fish and chip van visits the community centre.
There are three football teams in the village, FVA Jerusalem, Skellingthorpe Plough (adult team) and St. Helens (child team).
The road south-west of the village is called Jerusalem Road. This leads to Lincoln Road via a distinct hamlet called Jerusalem. It is unclear how the hamlet came by this name, although an early 19th-century Ordnance Survey map shows there was at one time a small Victorian-era Methodist chapel sited between two bends in the road.
A village tradition
It is said that local farmer Henry Stone, after whom the Stones Arms pub is named, was working the fields here when he was forced to take shelter beneath a great oak tree during a thunderstorm in 1690. Two times his pet dog attempted to drag him away from the oak, succeeding upon the third attempt: at that exact moment a flash of lightning hit the tree, killing a pheasant that had sought shelter in its branches. To commemorate his curious deliverance, Henry Stone had a picture painted of the tree, the pheasant and his dog. This picture, dated 1693, survives in the Drawing Room of nearby Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire.
Media related to Skellingthorpe at Wikimedia Commons
- St Lawrence's church
- North Kesteven office on Lincoln Road
- Skellingthorpe & District Motorcycle club
- Pictures of Skellingthorpe
- St Lawrence CE Primary School
- Holt Primary School
- Skellingthorpe in the Domesday Book