Carlton Scroop

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Carlton Scroop
Church of St Nicholas
Carlton Scroop is located in Lincolnshire
Carlton Scroop
Carlton Scroop
Location within Lincolnshire
Population304 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK949450
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Civil parish
  • Carlton Scroop And Normanton-On-Cliffe
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG32
Dialling code01400 (Loveden)
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°59′38″N 0°35′23″W / 52.993957°N 0.589646°W / 52.993957; -0.589646Coordinates: 52°59′38″N 0°35′23″W / 52.993957°N 0.589646°W / 52.993957; -0.589646

Carlton Scroop is a small village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish (including Normanton) at the 2011 census was 304.[1] It is situated 6 miles (10 km) north-east from the market town of Grantham and 4 miles (6 km) east from the village of Hougham. The A607 road to Lincoln passes through the centre of the village.


The village is listed in the Domesday survey as "Carletune".[2]

Carlton Scroop Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Nicholas.[3] Parts of the fabric are Norman, although the most obvious features are Decorated. The east window, depicting two kneeling figures each holding a shield, is an example of 14th-century medieval stained glass. Called the Newmarch window it dates from 1310. The base of the tower is 12th-century and the upper part from 1632, constructed after the former steeple collapsed.[2][4][5]

Following the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish subscribed to the Grantham Poor Law Union.

The village was once split in two by the Honington and Lincoln railway, opened in 1867, later part of the Great Northern Railway. The railway was closed during the Beeching cuts of 1965.[6]

A microwave tower formed part of a cold war emergency microwave communications system, 'Backbone'.[7] A Cold War era bunker of the Royal Observer Corps was built in 1965 and abandoned in 1968, and is now demolished.[8]


Carlton Scroop is situated below the Lincoln Cliff, an escarpment edge that separates the Lincolnshire Wolds from the Vale of Trent. On the Cliff, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north, is the village of Normanton on Cliffe.

The village is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Carlton Scroop and Normanton on Cliffe, itself part of the Caythorpe Group of parishes in the Loveden Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln. The civil parish has the same boundaries.[9][2] The church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas; the 2013 incumbent is the Rev'd Ali Healy.[10]

The Viking Way long distance footpath passes through the village.

A mast is situated just outside the village, part of the microwave telephone link from London to Scotland.[7]


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Parish plan, includes historical detail and population statistics" (PDF).
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas (1062428)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  4. ^ "National Monument Record for the church".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus: The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire[page needed]
  6. ^ "National Monument Record for the railway".[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "National monument record for the microwave tower".[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "National Monument Record for ROC bunker".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "civil parish details".
  10. ^ "Carlton Scroop w Normanton P C C". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011., Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 21 July 2013

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