Church of St Peter, Claypole
|OS grid reference|
|• London||105 mi (169 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Claypole is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,382. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east from the market town of Newark-on-Trent, just east of the Grantham to Newark stretch of the A1.
The county of Nottinghamshire forms the western and northern borders of the parish, with Fenton and Stubton parishes to the east and Dry Doddington to the south; the River Witham flows by the west side of the village. The village has a population of around 1100 people and 560 dwellings, with the parish covering about 3,000 acres (1,200 ha).
Claypole primary school is on School Lane. Next to the school is a cricket and football field, home to local teams. In the early 1900s public benefactor Harry Coulby gifted the village school and village hall, and built an American-style house.
Claypole's Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Peter and dates from c.1300. Although the church is now known as St Peter’s, early records refer to it as St Peter's and St Paul's which is likely to have been its original dedication. There was a church in the village in Saxon times, probably built from wood. The church bears over 300 marks in its stonework, some of which have existed for over 300 years. These include Masons Marks, circles, letters and dates, faces, crosses and even a medieval game.
The village public house is the Five Bells Inn on Main Street, and there is a butchers on Doddington Lane.
Oil seed rape in full flower, with St Peter's in the background
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- "High Level Crossing", Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2011
- Claypole Primary School, claypoleprimary.org
- Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1062912)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2013.