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Broughton shown within Lincolnshire
|Population||5,629 2011 Census|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||140 mi (230 km) S|
|Unitary authority||North Lincolnshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Brigg and Goole|
Broughton is a small town and civil parish situated on the Roman Ermine Street, in the North Lincolnshire district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) north-west from the town of Brigg. The hamlets of Wressle, Castlethorpe, and part of Scawby Brook lie within the parish boundaries.
A settlement existed at Broughton in the Neolithic Stone Age (New Stone Age). Stone tools have been found particularly on the commons near Wressle. Pottery was discovered at a house on Ermine Street in 1956, thought to date back to the Bronze Age period. There were burials discovered around 1850 in the commons to the north-east of Broughton.
Broughton's St Mary's Church is thought to date back to the 11th century with major alterations in the 12th, 14th and 17th centuries. Gokewell Priory was founded nearby in the late 12th century to house a community of nuns.
To the west and north, Broughton has extensive woodlands that stretch toward Dragonby, Scunthorpe and Appleby. These were granted by the late Rupert Dixon, who placed the land in the control of a trust for its care and maintenance, and to provide public access. The south of the woods sits one of the few 4-star hotels in the area, and which has a 27-hole golf course.
Though considered by many to be a village, it became a town in 1974, although it still has a village hall. Broughton has grown substantially since the mid-1980s, with new housing developments to the north and northwest of the town. At the 2011 Census, the size of Broughton parish was slightly larger than its neighbour Brigg, due to housing developments at the edge of the parish in Scawby Brook.
The Broughton Bulletin is a parish newsletter published by the town council most months, and The Broughton Book is a town magazine published every two or three years.
- "Town web site". Broughton town council. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- "Wressle, North Lincolnshire". UK Grid Reference Finder. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- St Mary's church
- Lundy, Darryl. "p. 12311 § 123105". The Peerage.[unreliable source?] - Sir Edmund Anderson, 1st Bt.
- Lundy, Darryl. "p. 12315 § 123147". The Peerage.[unreliable source?] - Sir Charles Henry John Anderson, 9th Bt.
- Information from linc2u[dead link]
- "Broughton Local History Pack". North Lincolnshire council. Retrieved 13 April 2013.