Bottesford, Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°33′07″N 0°40′17″W / 53.55206°N 0.67143°W / 53.55206; -0.67143
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Stone church with a square tower. Unusually the windows in the nave are circular. The tower is on the left and dominates the picture. It has a crenellated flat top with stone pinnacles at each corner, narrow arched-top bell ports high up and very narrow slit windows lower down. The nave is receding left to right and is partly obscured by one of the two large yews that frame the picture. In shadow the porch can just be made out near the tower. The day is sunny and the sky mostly blue. The stonework of the church appears golden, similar to Cotswold stone. In the short grass of the foreground the top of a single gravestone can be seen.
St Peter's Church, Bottesford
It is a bright February day, with some blue sky between rolling white clouds. A decent-sized stream, well filled with fast-moving water runs toward us down the middle of the picture. On eather side are wide, flat grassy banks. On the left is a footpath, and further left a stand of bare-branched silver birch, with a single evergreen spruce at our end of the plantation. On the right, in the immediate foreground, is a bare blackthorn bush. Behind that the right bank extends away as a field planted with winter wheat. The original photographer wrote:'Bottesford Beck. Looking east along Bottesford Beck, years ago it was heavily polluted with outflow from Scunthorpe steelworks, today it flows to the Trent much clearer.'
Bottesford Beck
The southern parish boundary
Bottesford is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population11,038 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE895079
• London145 mi (233 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townScunthorpe
Postcode districtDN16, DN17
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°33′07″N 0°40′17″W / 53.55206°N 0.67143°W / 53.55206; -0.67143

Bottesford is a town in North Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, England.[1]

Historically a village, Bottesford forms a contiguous urban area of Scunthorpe.[2] In the 2001 Census, Bottesford's population was recorded as 11,171, falling to 11,038 at the 2011 census.[3] The town is directly south of Scunthorpe, west of Brigg and north of Gainsborough and Kirton in Lindsey.

History and landmarks[edit]

Bottesford is written in Domesday as "Budlesford",[4][5] and until the 20th century it was a small farming village.[6] Yaddlethorpe appears in Domesday as "Laudltorp".[7]

The Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Peter ad Vincula.[8] The church is Early English style and cruciform in plan, built on the site of an earlier Saxon church.[9] It was restored in 1870; during restoration were found two Saxon sundials that were incorporated into the south porch.[10][11]

Local landmarks include Bottesford Beck, and Bottesford Preceptory where it is said that the Knight's Templar and later Knights of St John made a base.[12]

Lincolnshire preceptories[edit]

Until their disbandment in 1312, the Knights Templar were major landowners on the higher lands of Lincolnshire, where they had a number of preceptories on property which provided income, while Temple Bruer was an estate on the Lincoln Heath, believed to have been used also for military training.[13] The preceptories from which the Lincolnshire properties were managed were:[14]

Amenities and schools[edit]

A flat-roofed temporary building, neatly finished in cream. A ramp for 'disabled access' leads to the door, and two cars are parked on the right. Prominent on the left a sign decorated with 'wrought' iron scrolls reads Bottesford town council, TEA POT HALL, pop-in room for the benefit of senior citizens
Tea Pot Hall – formerly a meeting place for the elderly, since relocated.

There is a library[15] and medical centre[16] on Cambridge Avenue.

There are two junior schools, Bottesford Junior,[17] and Leys Farm Junior School.[18] There is also one primary school, Holme Valley Primary, on Timberland.

The local secondary school, the Frederick Gough School,[19] opened in 1960 as Ashby Grammar School. It became Bottesford Grammar School, then Frederick Gough Grammar School named after the first chairman of the school governors. It became comprehensive in 1969 when it joined with Ashby Girls' Secondary School, a secondary modern school on Ashby High Street.[9] Other students travel to the nearby Melior Community Academy in Scunthorpe[20] which has special links to the Leys Farm junior school.[18]

The ecclesiastical parish is Bottesford St Peters part of the Bottesford with Ashby Team Ministry of the Deanery of Manlake. The team vicar is The Revd Graham Lines.[21][22] Whilst the two Methodist chapels recorded in 1872 have closed,[23] in 2002 a new Baptist church was opened in Chancel Road, having been meeting in the Civic Hall since 1978.[24]

A civic hall is run by the town council for social events.[25] A sports hall stands adjacent to the football and cricket pitches in Birch Park.[26]


  1. ^ List of town councils in North Lincolnshire Bottesford is listed but has no separate web presence. Retrieved 14 April 2013
  2. ^ Map of Town and Parish boundaries in North Lincolnshire Archived 15 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 14 April 2013
  3. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Bottesford in the Domesday Book". National Archives. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Bottesford in the Domesday Book". Open domesday. 1086. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  6. ^ "A Vision of Britain through Time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. 15 April 2013. p. History of Bottesford in North Lincolnshire. Retrieved 14 April 2013.Population 1891=298, 1921=315, 1951=1515. 1961=3120
  7. ^ "Yaddlethorpe in the Domesday Book". Open domesday. 1086. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  8. ^ Historic England. "St Peter ad Vincula (1083014)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Bottesford", Retrieved 30 June 2011
  10. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 75–76; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  11. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter Ad Vincula (60792)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Preceptary (60786)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  13. ^ Ward, Penny (2009). Dennis Mills (ed.). The Knights Templar in Kesteven (2nd ed.). Heckington: Heritage Lincolnshire Publications. ISBN 978-0-948639-47-0.
  14. ^ Page, William, ed. (1906). "Houses of Knights Templars: Willoughton, Eagle, Aslackby, South Witham and Temple Bruer". A History of the County of Lincoln. Victoria County History. Vol. 2. pp. 210–213. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Bottesford Library". North Lincolnshire Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Cambridge Medical Centre" Archived 11 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 30 June 2011
  17. ^ "Bottesford Junior School". Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Leys Farm Junior School". Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Frederick Gough school". Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  20. ^ "Melior Community Academy". Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Bottesford St Peters D C C". Diocese of Lincoln. 2011. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Church web site". Bottesford with Ashby team ministry. 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  23. ^ Wilson, John Marius, ed. (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  24. ^ "Bottesford Baptist Church". St Mark's church. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  25. ^ "Bottesford Civic Hall". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  26. ^ "Bottesford Sports Hall". North Lincolnshire council. 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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