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Keadby Bridge.jpg
Keadby Bridge
Althorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population1,752 (2001 census with Keadby)
OS grid referenceSE797101
• London145 mi (233 km) S
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyLincolnshire
Post townScunthorpe
Postcode districtDN17
Dialling code01724
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°34′39″N 0°44′27″W / 53.5775°N 0.7407°W / 53.5775; -0.7407Coordinates: 53°34′39″N 0°44′27″W / 53.5775°N 0.7407°W / 53.5775; -0.7407

Althorpe is a small village in North Lincolnshire, England, four miles (6 km) west of Scunthorpe and the same distance south-east of Crowle, on the A18 road. The population details are included in the civil parish of Keadby with Althorpe.


The Domesday Book records the lords of the manor in 1066 as Alnoth and Ulf Fenman. In 1086, the lord and Tenant-in-chief was Geoffrey of la Guerche. The settlement was small with one ploughland and six sokemen.[1]

A 1620s scheme by Vermuyden for drainage of the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase had two phases:

  1. The southern arm of the River Torne was blocked. The course of the other arm was straightened by cutting a drain, and its waters emptied through a sluice into the River Trent at Althorpe.
  2. A second long drain was cut from Idlestop to Dirtness. This ran parallel to the River Torne and the water was sluiced into the River Trent at Althorpe. In the early 19th century an addition outfall – Folly Drain – was constructed at Derrythorpe. At a later stage these outfalls were replaced by a new outfall for 'the three rivers' at Keadby.[2]


The village lies within the civil parish of Keadby with Althorpe which includes the hamlet of Derrythorpe to the south. To the south of the village is the large civil parish of Belton, North Lincolnshire, and next to the River Trent is part of West Butterwick. It is one of twelve parishes in the Isle of Axholme, and before 1996 was in the Boothferry district of Humberside. Althorpe is in the Axholme North ward of North Lincolnshire. There were eight parishes in the Isle of Axholme. Amcotts was created from part of Althorpe in 1850.

The King George V Swing Bridge (also known as Keadby Bridge) crosses the River Trent near Althorpe to connect the Isle of Axholme to Scunthorpe and the rest of North Lincolnshire. The A18 crosses the bridge, and until the M180 motorway – 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south – opened in 1979, this was the main east–west route to Grimsby (through Scunthorpe). The A18 previously went through the village but was diverted to the north-west.


Althorpe Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Oswald.[3] Built in 1483 by Sir John Neville, it is of Perpendicular style. During a restoration in 1868 sedilia (stone seats) were found to have been erected on a marble slab dedicated to 14th-century rector William de Lound.[4]

The ecclesiastical parish covers the approximate area of the civil parish, with St Oswald's church shared with Keadby in the combined parish of Keadby with Althorpe. The parish group of churches includes those at Amcotts and Belton.

St Oswald's church[5] is in the older part of Althorpe. Althorpe and Keadby Primary School (opened in 1975), and the Post Office,[6] are in the newer part near the bridge over the River Trent. The village public house is The Dolphin[7] – the Original Dolphin Inn stood on the River Trent at the end of Ferry Lane, originally Dolphin Street.

Althorpe railway station, which lies to the north of the village on the South Humberside Main Line, is closer to Keadby.


  1. ^ "Place: Althorpe". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Hatfield Chase Corporation, 1538-1973". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Oswald (1083258)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  4. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 44; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  5. ^ St Oswald's Althorpe; Retrieved 23 June 2011
  6. ^ Keadby Post Office, Retrieved 23 June 2011
  7. ^ The Dolphin Inn, Althorpe, Retrieved 23 June 2011

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