Careby Aunby and Holywell

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Careby Aunby and Holywell
Civil parish
Hollow cottages, typical terrain for the parish
Hollow cottages, typical terrain for the parish
Careby Aunby and Holywell in Lincolnshire
Careby Aunby and Holywell in Lincolnshire
Coordinates: 52°43′48″N 0°29′38″W / 52.730°N 0.494°W / 52.730; -0.494Coordinates: 52°43′48″N 0°29′38″W / 52.730°N 0.494°W / 52.730; -0.494
Primary councilSouth Kesteven
RegionEast Midlands
 • TypeParish Council
 • UK ParliamentGrantham and Stamford
 • Total143
WebsiteCareby Aunby and Holywell Parish Council

Careby Aunby and Holywell is a civil parish in the district of South Kesteven, south-west Lincolnshire, in England.[2] It stretches from the county border with Rutland in the west to the River West Glen in the east. The B1176 road from Corby Glen passes through Careby and on past Aunby toward Stamford. The main London to Scotland railway line passes through the parish, the line upon which Mallard took the speed record for the LNER.[3]

The total population in the 2001 census was 146, falling marginally to 143 at the 2011 census.[4] The population in 1801 was 65, and had risen to 133 by 1911

The centre of the parish is near grid reference TF017157

Places in the parish[edit]


Other Locations[edit]

Earthen banks forming the remains of a small moated medieval structure in the woods between Aunby and Holywell.[5]

At the western boundary with Rutland there is a small but important Nature Reserve called Robert's Field at Lincolnshire Gate.[6]

At the Eastern side on the lane to Witham on the Hill is a small but important Nature Reserve called Stanton's pit, a former sandpit now important to bird life.[7]

Grassland designated an SSSI.[8]

An Iron-Age hill fort in modern woodland.[9]

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The parish's geology is a complex mixture of numerous strata of Jurassic rocks with the highest ground formed of glacial drift. The northernmost part lies on the gravels and sands which filled the valley of a Cromerian Stage river. To the east and west of Careby are patches of chalky glacial till, the eastern one overlying a thin remnant of Kellways beds with cornbrash fairly extensively exposed to its south. There are exposures of Blisworth clay, Blisworth Limestone, Upper Estuarine Series, and Upper Lincolnshire Limestone. Holywell’s quarries supplied stone for various building projects including Windsor Castle.[10]


The ecclesiastical parish includes Careby Aunby and Holywell and is part of the Castle Bytham with Creeton group of parishes under the Beltisloe Deanery, Diocese of Lincoln. The shared parish priest is The Revd Sue Evans.[11]

Once part of the Beltisloe Wapentake in Kesteven, the parish is now part of South Kesteven District. Its obligations under the 19th century poor law were undertaken by the Bourne Poor Law Union from 1835 onwards.[12]

The present Electoral arrangements are as follows:[13]

In lieu of a parish council, local democracy takes the form of a Parish Meeting.[2][14]

Economy and amenities[edit]

Most of the businesses in the parish are farms.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2001 Census data
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish details".
  3. ^ Hale,Don (25 May 2008). Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Steam Speed Record. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1845133450.
  4. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Castle Dyke (348315)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust: Robert's Field". Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust: Stanton's pit". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  8. ^ "SSSI citation for Holywell Banks". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Careby Camp (348223)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Geology of Britain". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013.Zoom map to location, click on layers for description
  11. ^ "ecclesiastical parish details". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Private web site dealling with history of the Bourne poor law union". Retrieved 15 February 2011.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Unofficial web site summarising local representatives". Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Careby, Aunby & Holywell Parish Meeting - Key Contacts". South Kesteven district council. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  • Ordnance Survey map Pathfinder Sheet 877
  • Institute of Geological Sciences map Sheet 143
  • Soil Survey of England and Wales Sheet 4
  • Ordnance Survey Map of Southern Britain in the Iron Age
  • Map of civil parish boundaries from SKDC[dead link]
  • Google (18 August 2013). "Parish Outline" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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