Drinsey Nook

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Drinsey Nook
A narrow drain crossed by a small bridge. The bridge is of rusted, and untreated steel, and consists of a straight steel beam supporting the road deck, with, behind it, a steel arch. The arch is fixed in a buttress of dressed and coursed stonework, visible only on the far bank. There is another on our side of the drain, but it is obscured by vegetation. Rusty handrails protect pedestrians from falling. The water is flat, reflecting (where it is not in shadow), the blue sky above.
Tom Otter's Bridge
The Fosdyke curves through the picture, its surface smooth white ice. The two banks are brown with dead grass, and the fields either side crop-less and white with hoar. Farther along the bank, in the middle distance, a small group of redbrick buildings are grouped together. Lamp posts are ranged on the right bank, facing away from the canal. They are for lighting the adjacent, but invisible, A57 road.
The Foss Dyke, frosted over
Drinsey Nook is located in Lincolnshire
Drinsey Nook
Drinsey Nook
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceSK870743
• London153 mi (246 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLincoln
Postcode districtLN1
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°15′33″N 0°41′47″W / 53.259189°N 0.696325°W / 53.259189; -0.696325Coordinates: 53°15′33″N 0°41′47″W / 53.259189°N 0.696325°W / 53.259189; -0.696325

Drinsey Nook is a small village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) south-west from Saxilby, close to the county border with Nottinghamshire. The village sits on the bank of the east of Lincoln section of the Foss Dyke, a canal which runs from the River Trent to the River Witham. The population of the village is included in the civil parish of Kettlethorpe.

Drinsey Nook is notable for Tom Otter, a man who murdered his new wife in 1805. Otter, reputedly from Treswell, was already a married when he married his wife, Mary, whom he murdered the same day near the bridge that now bears his name. He was hanged in 1806, and was held in a Gibbet post adjacent to Gibbet Wood.[1][2] Tom Otter lane is the B1190 running south from the village, and Tom Otters Bridge is named after the site of the murder.[3][2]


  1. ^ The handbook guide to lincoln and business intelligencer (3 ed.). R. E. Leary. 1855. p. 64. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Tom Otter - Fact or Fiction?". Saxilby and District History Group. 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  3. ^ Pickering, W (1848). The Gentleman's Magazine (Vol 30 ed.). p. 296.

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