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Church of St Andrew, Dowsby
Dowsby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population204 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF113294
• London90 mi (140 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBourne
Postcode districtPE10
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°51′05″N 0°20′54″W / 52.851308°N 0.348465°W / 52.851308; -0.348465Coordinates: 52°51′05″N 0°20′54″W / 52.851308°N 0.348465°W / 52.851308; -0.348465

Dowsby is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the western edge of The Fens at the junction of the east-west B1397 road and the north-south B1177. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) north-east from Rippingale and just south of Pointon. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Graby. Nearby to the east, along the B1397 at Dowsby Fen, is Car Dyke.[1] The civil parish population taken at the 2011 census was 204.[2]


The name Dowsby is from the Old Scandinavian 'Dusi+by', for "farmstead of Dusi", appearing in the Domesday Book as "Dusebi".[3]

Hoe Hills (52°51′32″N 0°20′37″W / 52.85889°N 0.34361°W / 52.85889; -0.34361 (Hoe Hills)) was a group of round barrows dating back to the Bronze Age where Roman and Medieval finds have been made.[4][5]

St Andrew's Church, originating from the 12th century,[6] was mostly rebuilt and enlarged in 1864, although Norman fragments remain as part of the fabric. A recumbent effigy of Etheldreda Rigdon, and six brasses to the Burrell family from 1682 lie in the vestry. Built into the outer wall of the south aisle are parts of a Saxon cross.[7][8]

On the edge of the fen was a decoy used to trap ducks commercially in the 19th century. These would almost certainly have been shipped for sale by railway, probably from Rippingale railway station which was approximately a mile from the decoy.[original research?]


Dowsby Grade II* listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.[6] The ecclesiastical parish is part of the Billingborough Group of the Lafford Deanery, Diocese of Lincoln. The 2013 incumbent is the Rev. Anna Sorensen.[9]

Dowsby Fen falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board.[10]

Most employment in the parish is agricultural. The former rectory is now a care home for the elderly, providing some employment. The nearest shops are in Billingborough, 3 miles (5 km) to the north, the nearest public house in Aslackby, 2 miles (3 km) to the west. A bus service operates to Bourne on Thursdays, provided by Kimes Buses.


52°51′13″N 0°21′59″W / 52.85361°N 0.36639°W / 52.85361; -0.36639 (Graby)
The hamlet of Graby is situated 1 mile to the west of Dowsby, and on the line of Mareham Lane Roman Road. Graby incorporates the site of a deserted medieval village, with cropmark and earthwork evidence of sunken lanes, crofts, ponds and ridge and furrow field systems.[11]


  1. ^ "Car Dyke, Dowsby Fen, Lincs", Retrieved 22 July 2011
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ Mills, A. D. (1991). A Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Hoe Hills (350993)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Hoe Hills:Report on Geophysical Surveys, October 1994 & March 1995". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Andrew (1164977)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  7. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 118; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  8. ^ Historic England. "St Andrews Church (350583)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Dowsby PCC". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Black Sluice IDB".
  11. ^ Historic England. "Graby deserted medieval village (350651)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 December 2012.

Further research[edit]

  • Lane, Tom "Hoe Hills, Dowsby", Fenland Research, vol. 9 (1994), pp. 16–19.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dowsby at Wikimedia Commons
  • Media related to Graby at Wikimedia Commons
  • "Dowsby", Retrieved 22 July 2011
  • Hoe Hills, First series OS (1865). Retrieved 22 July 2011