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St Margaret's Church, Braceby, Lincolnshire.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Braceby
Braceby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF016354
• London95 mi (153 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG34
Dialling code01529
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°54′22″N 0°29′22″W / 52.906154°N 0.489319°W / 52.906154; -0.489319Coordinates: 52°54′22″N 0°29′22″W / 52.906154°N 0.489319°W / 52.906154; -0.489319

Braceby is a small English village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. Its population is included in the civil parish of Pickworth. A nature reserve along the verges of a local road shelters 250 species of plant life.

Parishes and buildings[edit]

Braceby lies to the south of the A52 road, about 6 miles (10 km) east of the market town of Grantham. It forms part of the civil parish of Braceby and Sapperton and has a population of just under 30. Braceby belonged to the historical wapentake of Winnibriggs and Threo,[1] and within that to the Soke of Grantham.[2]

The church, St Margaret's, dates back to the 13th century, but was restored in the 19th.[3] The ecclesiastical parish is one of seven in the North Beltisloe Group in the Deanery of Beltisloe and the Diocese of Lincoln.[4] From 2006 to 2011 the incumbent was Rev. Richard Ireson.[5] Services at Braceby are held monthly, and at Easter, Harvest time and Christmas.[6]

Many village buildings, especially those dating from the 16th and 17th century, are built in part of limestone quarried in the district, at places such as Ancaster.[7] The population peaked about 1861, when there were 168 inhabitants in 37 houses, but the population declined rapidly. By 1970 it was under 20, but a decision by the local landowners, the Welby family, to sell off empty and unwanted cottages led to some recovery and saved the church from closure.[8]

Nature and land use[edit]

The 65 roadside nature reserves maintained by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, under a local-government scheme dating back to 1960, include one that covers both verges of the Braceby–Walcot road south-east of the village.[9] The list of plants found at this reserve runs to 250 species. Notable among them are early purple orchids (Orchis mascula), common orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) and cowslips (primula veris).[10]

Livestock farming (cattle and sheep) in the village has largely given way to arable since the 1970s, but a small amount of permanent grazing remains. Some mixed woodland has also been planted.[11]


  1. ^ Vision of Britain [1] Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ Vision of Britain Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  3. ^ Braceby Past and Present. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Braceby P C C" Archived 12 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  5. ^ "North Beltisloe Group Council Report for PCC AGMs."; PDF download required. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  6. ^ Braceby Past and Present.
  7. ^ Natural England – Kesteven Uplands. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  8. ^ Braceby Past & Present: History [2] Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  9. ^ List of Lincolnshire roadside reserves Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. ^ Braceby Past & Present: Wildlife, nature and birds Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  11. ^ Geology and landscape. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

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