Waltham, Lincolnshire

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Waltham
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Waltham Village
Waltham is located in Lincolnshire
Waltham
Waltham
 Waltham shown within Lincolnshire
Population 6,420 (2001)
OS grid reference TA259038
   – London 140 mi (230 km)  S
Civil parish Waltham
Unitary authority North East Lincolnshire
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRIMSBY
Postcode district DN37
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Cleethorpes (UK Parliament constituency)
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°30′59″N 0°06′07″W / 53.516483°N 0.102071°W / 53.516483; -0.102071

Waltham is a village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire, England. It is geographically 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west from Grimsby and is close to the villages of Scartho, Brigsley, Barnoldby-le-Beck, and Bradley. Less than 2 miles (3.2 km) to the north-east is the village of New Waltham. According to the 2001 Census, Waltham had a population of 6,420.[1]

History[edit]

All Saints, Waltham

There was a substantial Saxon settlement on the site of the first village although artifacts show earlier Roman occupation.[citation needed] The Waltham name is of Saxon origin, Walt referring to woodland or an area of high forest and Ham to either an estate or a village. It is possible that Saxons changed the name from the Old English 'Wealdhant' which had the same meaning; the first part Ald, prefixed by We, meant "settlement", and Hant a "wooded estate".[citation needed]

Elizabeth Shaw, a centenarian who lived to age 117, was born 22 April 1683 at Waltham. A life portrait of her by R. Sheardown was published in 1800.[2]

Government[edit]

Waltham Ward is part of North East Lincolnshire Council, and covers the villages of Waltham, Brigsley and Ashby-cum-Fenby. It is one of the safest Conservative wards on the council.[citation needed]

Current elected councillors:

  • Cllr Iain B Colquhoun (Conservative Party)
  • Cllr Philip Jackson (Conservative Party)

Landmarks[edit]

Waltham Mill

Waltham's landmarks include Waltham Windmill, which is used as the symbol for the village's Infant and Junior schools. The windmill was originally built in 1666,[3] but was blown down several times. It was last re-built in 1873.[4]

The village has three public houses, The Kings Head, the Tilted Barrel and the Tea Gardens. A branch of the Royal British Legion is also based in Waltham.

There is a cenotaph where a remembrance service is held each Remembrance Sunday.

Nearby is the former Second World War bomber airfield RAF Grimsby,[5] which was originally Grimsby Municipal Airport. After the start of the Second World War the airport was re-constructed by the Air Ministry and became home to 142 Squadron, and later to 100 and 550 Squadrons, before closing in 1945.[citation needed] A museum at the Waltham Windmill houses a section dedicated to RAF Grimsby.[citation needed]

There was once a Waltham railway station on a now closed line between Grimsby and Louth.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : North East Lincolnshire Retrieved 18 September 2009
  2. ^ Wellcome Library, London, no. 1814i
  3. ^ " Waltham local history and village churches", homepage.ntlworld.com/bazzer3. Retrieved 13 August 2011
  4. ^ "A Little History", walthamwindmill.co.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2011
  5. ^ "Bits of info for you", homepage.ntlworld.com/bazzer3. Retrieved 13 August 2011
  6. ^ British Railways Atlas 1947, p. 17

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