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Church of Saint Martin de Tours, Blyton
|Population||1,383 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||135 mi (217 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Blyton is a village and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) north-east from Gainsborough. From Blyton the village of Laughton lies to the north, and Pilham to the south-east, while the course of the River Trent runs nearby to the west.
According to A Dictionary of British Place Names Blyton derives from a combination of the Old Norse and Old English Bligr+ton, meaning "farmstead of a man called Bligr". The settlement is listed in the Domesday Book as "Blitone".
Great Central Railway's heavy rail line between Gainsborough and Grimsby came to Blyton around 1848, whereby Blyton railway station was established within the parish. Although the line is still operational, the station has closed.
During the Second World War, Blyton was home to the bomber airfield RAF Blyton, just north-east of the village. It was abandoned in 1954. The B1205 road skirts the southern border of the old airfield, and the A159 runs through its western edge. Today the airfield has been converted into Blyton Raceway for motor sports and karting.
In March 1886 a part of Pilham parish, known as Pilham Carr, was transferred to Blyton. Some records refer to it simply as "Carr".
For governance, Blyton parish was in the Corringham Wapentake in the West Lindsey district of the Parts of Lindsey. From 1894 until 1974 it lay within Gainsborough Rural District in the administrative county of Lindsey.
The Grade I listed Anglican church, established in the 11th century, is dedicated to St Martin. The lower parts of the tower are Norman and sections of the aisle are Early English. The chancel was rebuilt in 1877, but retains a window from c.1300. The font is of Perpendicular style. The north wall of the chancel bears an inscription to the children (d.1613 and 1615) of Sir John Wray.
There is also a Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1851.
Primitive Methodist chapel
- United Kingdom Census 2001. "Blyton CP (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
- "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p. 64. ISBN 019960908X
- A Vision of Britain through Time. "A vision of Blyton cum Wharton AP/CP". Retrieved 13 June 2007.
- Historic England. "Church of St Martin (1064159)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Cox, J. Charles (1916). Lincolnshire. Methuen & Co. Ltd. p. 65.