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For the surname, see Waddingham (surname).
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill.jpg
Andersons mill, Waddingham
Waddingham is located in Lincolnshire
 Waddingham shown within Lincolnshire
Population 548 (2001)
OS grid reference SK984961
   – London 145 mi (233 km)  S
District West Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DN21
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Gainsborough (UK Parliament constituency)
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Coordinates: 53°27′12″N 0°31′09″W / 53.453234°N 0.519252°W / 53.453234; -0.519252

Waddingham is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is geographically situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east of the A15 road, 10 miles (16 km) south-east from Scunthorpe and 16 miles (26 km) north from Lincoln. According to the 2001 Census Waddingham had a population of 548.


Originally there were two settlements, Stainton (where the present church is) and Wadingham, which were on either side of the Waddingham Beck which runs through the village. Both settlements are mentioned in the Domesday Book but they existed long before then.[according to whom?] Both places have Anglo Saxon names: Stainton is derived from The Old English "Stan" (stone), and the Old English "Tun" (farm), meaning stony farm. Waddingham is derived from two common OE suffixes: "ing" (person), or "ingas" (people), and "ham" (village or settlement), meaning the village of, or belonging to, the Wada family or tribe. (University of Nottingham Institute for Name Studies).[citation needed]

Waddingham Church

St Mary & St Peter (originally St Peter) church chancel arch is 13th-century, the tower being a 15th-century addition. The church was largely rebuilt in 1862. Apart from the church, no extant structures can be dated with certainty prior to the early 18th century,[according to whom?] and there are only a handful of those.[citation needed]

The cottages which once comprised the entrance to the yard and stables, close to the church, may be of 17th-century origin.[citation needed] Nevertheless, it is possible to judge[according to whom?] that Waddingham was a large and important village prior to the population migration into towns and cities of the 18th and 19th centuries.[according to whom?] As elsewhere in England, the wattle and daub thatched dwelling have not survived, but the size of the village green gives testimony[according to whom?] to the very considerable economic activity which must have centred on the village.[citation needed]


Waddingham has a post office, a village shop, and a Methodist chapel. Opposite the Jubilee Hall (built to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977), which houses a doctor's surgery, is Waddingham Primary School. The village public house is the Marquis of Granby.

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