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
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceSK850466
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewark
Postcode districtNG23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°00′38″N 0°44′02″W / 53.010565°N 0.73387°W / 53.010565; -0.73387Coordinates: 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 within the civil parish of Westborough and Dry Doddington. 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.


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]


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, dedicated to St James, 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]

Recent restoration work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has brought the 14th century tower back to its former glory. The tower boasts an impressive tilt of 4.8[7] or 5.1[8] degrees, leaning more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy which is now tilted at 3.97 degrees.

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 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.[9]


  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. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The Wheatsheaf", geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2011
  5. ^ Historic England. "St James, Dry Doddington (323937)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "St James Dry Doddington (1253449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Going for the tourist angle." Newark Advertiser. 11 July 2013
  8. ^ "More Tilt than Pisa Tower Could Boost Dry Doddington Visits." BBC News Services. BBC, 12 October 2015. Web. <https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-34504739>.
  9. ^ "Dry Doddington Memorial". Bomber History. Malcolm Brooke/49 Squadron Association. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.

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