Dry Doddington

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Dry Doddington
St.James' church, Dry Doddington, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 81108.jpg
Church of St James, Dry Doddington
Dry Doddington is located in Lincolnshire
Dry Doddington
Dry Doddington
 Dry Doddington shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference SK850466
   – London 105 mi (169 km)  S
Civil parish Westborough and Dry Doddington
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newark
Postcode district NG23
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Sleaford and North Hykeham
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°00′38″N 0°44′02″W / 53.010565°N 0.73387°W / 53.010565; -0.73387

Dry Doddington is a small village in the north-west of the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-east from Newark, approximately 8 miles (13 km) north-west from Grantham, and just over 1 mile (2 km) to the east from the A1 road.

History[edit]

Dry Doddington means the "dry estate of a man called Dodda". There was a deserted medieval village called 'Stocking' or 'Stockyng' associated with Dry Doddington in the early 14th century; its precise location is unknown.[1]

Dry Doddington CE School was built as a National School in 1872, but was closed between 1926 and 1929, after which it re-opened as a primary school. It closed for the last time in 1961.[2]

Today, the village forms part of the civil parish of Westborough and Dry Doddington, which had a population of 335 in 2001. Before 1931 Dry Doddington was a separate parish.[3]

The village public house is The Wheatsheaf Inn on Main Street.[4]

Geography[edit]

The village, on a small hill called Lincoln Hill, is surrounded by the River Witham to the west and south. The village of Claypole is to the north and Westborough and Long Bennington 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. The East Coast Main Line passes 1 mile to the north-east.

The Church of St James[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St James, which has a west-ward leaning tower. It is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 12th century, with an early 14th-century tower. It was restored in 1876.[5][6]

The church contains a memorial to a No. 49 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster that crashed near the village on 26 November 1944. The aircraft, called 'O-Oboe', was piloted by F/O[further explanation needed] Le Marquand (PB432). It had only been in the air for a few minutes before it crashed, laden with bombs and fuel. Whilst five members of the crew survived, Norman Langley, the wireless operator and air gunner, and Edward Blake, the mid-upper gunner, were killed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stocking deserted medieval village". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dry Doddington CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dry Doddington". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Wheatsheaf", geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2011
  5. ^ "St James, Dry Doddington". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "St James Dry Doddington (1253449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dry Doddington Memorial". Bomber History. Malcolm Brooke/49 Squadron Association. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

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