Waltham shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||140 mi (230 km) S|
|Unitary authority||North East Lincolnshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Cleethorpes (UK Parliament constituency)|
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.
There was a substantial Saxon settlement on the site of the first village although artifacts show earlier Roman occupation. 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".
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.
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.
Current elected councillors:
- Cllr Iain B Colquhoun (Conservative Party)
- Cllr Philip Jackson (Conservative Party)
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, but was blown down several times. It was last re-built in 1873.
Nearby is the former Second World War bomber airfield RAF Grimsby, 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. A museum at the Waltham Windmill houses a section dedicated to RAF Grimsby.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : North East Lincolnshire Retrieved 18 September 2009
- Wellcome Library, London, no. 1814i
- " Waltham local history and village churches", homepage.ntlworld.com/bazzer3. Retrieved 13 August 2011
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- British Railways Atlas 1947, p. 17
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