Corby Glen

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Corby Glen
Corby Glen
Corby Glen is located in Lincolnshire
Corby Glen
Corby Glen
 Corby Glen shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,017 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK999249
   – London 90 mi (140 km)  S
Civil parish Corby Glen
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRANTHAM
Postcode district NG33
Dialling code 01476
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Grantham and Stamford
List of places

Coordinates: 52°48′45″N 0°31′05″W / 52.812619°N 0.51816988°W / 52.812619; -0.51816988

Village sign in Corby Glen

Corby Glen is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England.[1] It is situated approximately 9 miles (14 km) south-east from the market town of Grantham.


The Church of England parish church dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist dates in part from the 12th century[2] and has a notable collection of 14th- and 15th-century murals.

Following the purchase of Irnham Hall by a Protestant family in the mid-19th century the Catholic Chapel of the hall as taken down and re-erected in Corby Glen as the Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to the designs of architects Weightman, Hadfield & Goldie. A thousand wagonloads of material were carried between the two sites. The new church opened in 1856.[3] The church closed in 2012. The church and the attached presbytery are Grade II Listed buildings.[4][5]

The village's first Methodist chapel was built in 1846, and replaced in 1902 by the present building which is still in use. The original chapel is now a private house.[6]

To the north of the parish church is a substantial castle mound or Motte.[7][8] Historian David Roffe refers to it as "an early defended manor house".[9]

In 1238 King Henry III chartered a weekly market and an annual sheep fair. The sheep fair is still held and is claimed to be the longest-established such event in Britain.[10]

The Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery is housed in a 17th-century building that was originally Reads Grammar School. The school was founded in 1669 by the bequest of Charles Read (1604–1669), who was born at Darlton in Nottinghamshire and became a wealthy shipper in Hull. Read also founded Read School at Drax in Yorkshire and a grammar school at Tuxford in Notts. Reads Grammar School in Corby closed in 1909.[11] The building was restored and reopened for its current uses in 1965 by the Willoughby Memorial Trust which was founded by Lord Ancaster in memory of his son Timothy, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, who died in 1963.[12] The gallery holds a series of exhibitions from Easter to November and an annual Open Art Competition.[13]

In 1852 the Great Northern Railway opened the East Coast Main Line near Corby Glen. In 1853 the GNR opened Corby Glen railway station on the main line about 1 mile (1½ km) from the village. Corby Glen was served by local trains between Peterborough and Grantham. On 3 July 1938 the London and North Eastern Railway locomotive Mallard passed at high speed through Corby Glen shortly before achieving its world speed record for a steam locomotive seven miles further south near Carlby.[14] British Railways closed Corby Glen station in 1959 and its yard is now occupied by a sawmill.[15]


The village of Corby Glen is in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. It lies mainly to the north of the A151, a former toll road, and to the east of the West Glen River, near where the Glen flows through a small graben in the Jurassic limestone.

Until the 1950s the name of the village was simply Corby, Lincs. However, in the nearby county of Northamptonshire another Corby had been greatly enlarged by the addition of a steel works and housing to match. Some confusion arose between the two Corbys, so British Railways consulted the villagers to choose an additional name to distinguish the two. The villagers chose "Glen" in reference to the western branch of the River Glen which flows through the village.


The ecclesiastical parish of Corby Glen is part of the Corby Glen Group of the Deanery of Beltisloe.[16][17]

The Roman Catholic church closed in 2012, and is currently unused.[18] Worship is still available in Bourne, Stamford, or Grantham.

The Methodist congregation is still active in its own chapel, which is part of the Grantham and Vale of Belvoir circuit.[17][19]

The village has two active public houses, the Fighting Cocks (in the market place) and the Woodhouse Arms (at the crossroads).[17][20][21] There is a small Co-op supermarket and an independent shop in a wooden hut next to the Fighting Cocks pub car park, and The Pantry, also in the market square.[22][23] Other businesses include a Garage, the Sawmill, and the Hey Wine company.[17] The former doctor's surgery in the market place is now a Tea Rooms and Grocery.[24] The Post office branch is maintained in the Church Rooms.[25][26]

Community meeting rooms are available at the Church Rooms in Church Street, the Methodist Church, and the Ron Dawson Memorial Hall.[17] The Ron Dawson Hall is part of the Sports complex in Swinstead Road.[27] There is an active Bowls club with a crown green behind the Willoughby arts gallery.[17][28]

There is a small lending library at the Art gallery, and a monthly visit by the mobile library.[29]

The Sheep Fair is still the biggest social event of the year.[30] The 2013 event was the 775th, and attracted a very large crowd. The traditional auction of sheep was held on the Monday.[31][32][33]

The village is served by bus routes 303 to Bourne,[34] and Route 4 to Stamford or Grantham.[35]


A new secondary school opened in Corby Glen in 1963. The school became a comprehensive, and in 1999 it was renamed the Charles Read High School.[36] It converted to an academy in January 2011 and in 2013 the David Ross Foundation took responsibility for maintaining the school.[37]

Corby Glen also has a community primary school.[38]



  1. ^ "Civil parish listing". SKDC. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "St John the Evangelist’s Church, Corby Glen". Retrieved 4 August 2013
  3. ^ "Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Chapel of Ease)" (PDF). Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel  (Grade II) (1062853)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Presbytery House at Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel  (Grade II) (1166023)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Steel, David I. A. (1979). A Lincolnshire Village. Longman, for the Willoughby Memorial Trust. p. 191. ISBN 0-582-50285-3. 
  7. ^ "The Motte". Geograph project. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Corby moated mound  (Grade Scheduled) (1005001)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Roffe, David. "Castle Mound". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sheep Fair". Retrieved 4 August 2013
  11. ^ "Corby Glen, Retrieved 4 August 2013
  12. ^ Historic England. "Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery (formerly listed as Old School)  (Grade I) (1062848)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Willoughby Memorial trust". The Bythams web site. 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Hale,Don (25 May 2008). Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Steam Speed Record. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1845133450. 
  15. ^ Historic England. "Corby Glen station (499038)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Corby Glen P C C". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Business and services in Corby Glen". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Church in Corby Glen to close". Grantham Journal. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Corby Glen Methodist Church". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Woodhouse Arms". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Fighting cocks". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Co-op store". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Pauline's Store". Geograph project. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  24. ^ The Pantry, in the market square
  25. ^ "Post office". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  26. ^ Village hall and post office
  27. ^ "Ron Dawson Hall". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Bowling green". Geograph project. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Mobile library". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  30. ^ Honeywood, Steve (7 October 2011). "Sun and fun at Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Bourne Local. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
    Sheep Fair picture from the Bourne Local
  31. ^ "Record crowds at the 2013 Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Grantham Journal. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. Chairman Steve Honeywood said: “It was a memorable weekend, with thousands of visitors to the event, a great street market, a day full of entertainers, a samba band leading the village parade, combined with a Dakota flypast, a well supported dog show, a traditional fun fair and a successful clay shoot raising funds for the air ambulance – and everyone enjoying themselves.” 
  32. ^ {{Sheep Fair social networking}}
  33. ^ "Record crowd for Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Stamford Mercury. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  34. ^ "Bus route 303" (PDF). Delaine bus company. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  35. ^ "Bus route 4" (PDF). Centrebus. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  36. ^ "History of the School". Retrieved 4 August 2013
  37. ^ "Charles Read Academy saved from closure by trust" Stamford Mercury 11 June 2013
  38. ^ "Corby Glen Community Primary School". Retrieved 4 August 2013

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