Anton's Gowt is in an area once known as Wildmore Fen.
It's believed[by whom?] that the lock, and from it the hamlet, were named after Sir Anthony Thomas, one of a group of people who helped drain the Witham Fens from 1631 onwards. The word 'Gowt' is on old term for "A water-pipe under the ground. A sewer. A flood-gate, through which the marsh-water runs from the reens into the sea."
A Primitive Methodist chapel was built by the Doughty family in 1852, but is no longer in evidence. Its centenary was held in June 1952, in the carpenter's shop of the Burn family, and the service was conducted by a Mr H. Doughty of Lincoln who was 95 years old. The chapel closed in 1964, when it still had 18 Sunday school scholars.
A loop line of the Great Northern Railway (from Peterborough to Bawtry) once ran along the north bank of the River Witham, passing by Anton's Gowt Lock. Today the route of the line is a cycle path to Boston.
- John Hobson Matthews (1905): Cardiff Records: volume 5, pp. 557-598
- "Anton's Gowt Primitive Methodist Chapel", The National Archives. Retrieved 22 November 2013
- The Lincolnshire Village Book, Lincolnshire Federation of Women's Institutes; Countryside Books (2005) ISBN 1-85306-077-1
- "Witham Navigable Drains", The Inland Waterways Association. (web archive). Retrieved 22 November 2013
- "Sports and leisure facilities", Boston Borough Council (web archive). Retrieved 22 November 2013
Media related to Anton's Gowt at Wikimedia Commons
- "Anton’s Gowt Lock taken from footbridge at by Lockkeepers cottage", Langriville Parish Council. Retrieved 22 November 2013
- East Lindsey District Council