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Remains of Saxon cross in the churchyard
Edenham is located in Lincolnshire
 Edenham shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference TF061218
   – London 90 mi (140 km)  S
Civil parish Edenham Grimsthorpe Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe[1]
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOURNE
Postcode district PE10
Dialling code 01778
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Grantham and Stamford
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Coordinates: 52°47′02″N 0°25′40″W / 52.7840°N 0.4278°W / 52.7840; -0.4278

Edenham is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles (5 km) north-west from Bourne, and on the A151 road. The village is part of the civil parish of Edenham Grimsthorpe Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe.[1]


The Edenham name derives from the Anglo Saxon 'ham' - meaning "homestead". The rest of the name probably derives from 'dene', a "vale in woodland" and 'ea' - "river", though Eada's homestead and Eada's hemmed-in-land have also been suggested.[2] The river East Glen which flows through it is sometimes called the "Eden" by a process of back-formation from the name of the village.[citation needed]

Edenham appears in the Domesday Book as having 32 villagers, 4 smallholders, 24 freemen, 5 lord's plough teams, and 9 men's plough teams, with 400 acres (1.6 km2) of woodland and 29 acres of meadow.[3]

The parish was the site of the Cistercian abbey of Vaudey, founded in 1147 by William, Earl of Albemarle. It was dissolved during the 1536 Suppression.[4]

Documents of 1307 mention the existence in Edenham of "a hospital".[5]

Since 1516 parish land and villages have been owned by the de Eresby family of Grimsthorpe Castle. This major ancestral seat 2 miles (3.2 km) to the north-west of the village influenced Edenham's estate village character. The de Eresby baronetcy has continued in an unbroken line since 1313, and heads of the family have been Earls and Dukes of Ancaster and the Earl of Lindsey.[citation needed]

The 19th-century Baron Willoughby de Eresby built the Edenham and Little Bytham Railway which connected the village to the East Coast Main Line at Little Bytham.[6] Apart from crossing a road in near Little Bytham station, it ran exclusively on his estate.

The Australian poet and novelist Frederic Manning stayed at the vicarage after he arrived in the country in 1903. He returned there after the First World War and began writing The Middle Parts of Fortune (republished in an expurgated version under the title Her Privates We), a novel which he completed in the neighbouring parish, Bourne.[citation needed]


Signpost in Edenham

The Grade I listed church retains some Anglo-Saxon fabric from the earlier building. The Saxon church was dedicated to the 'Holy Cross', but the dedication is now to St Michael, or St Michael and all Angels. It has an Angel Roof, the beams supported on the back of carved and painted angels.[7] Family monuments were moved to St Michael's when St Matthew's church in Normanton was affected by the construction of Rutland Water.[8][not in citation given]

The ecclesiastical parish is Edenham. The church, dedicated to St Michael and all Angels, is part of the Edenham with Witham On The Hill Group of the Beltisloe Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln. The 2013 incumbent is Rev Canon Andrew Hawes.[9]

The vicarage, unlike other vicarages and rectories in rural parishes, has never been sold to a private buyer. It remains the spiritual centre of three parishes and eight small villages, and is run by the Diocese of Lincoln as a retreat for contemplation and prayer.[10]

A cedar tree overhangs the road from the churchyard, and nearby are the remains of a Saxon cross.[7]

The village Church of England primary school has a roll of just over one hundred pupils.[11]

Apart from agricultural employers, businesses in the village include The Five Bells public house, a coal merchant, and a post office.


  1. ^ a b "Parish council details". 
  2. ^ "Notes about the place name".  WebCite
  3. ^ "Modern map-based Domesday extracts". Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 120; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  5. ^ "National Monument record for the hospital". 
  6. ^ Pearson, R.E & Ruddock, J.G. Lord Willoughby's Railway the Edenham Branch (1986) ISBN 0-9511656-0-7[page needed]
  7. ^ a b "National Monument record for the Church". 
  8. ^ Church listing
  9. ^ "Edenham P C C". , Diocese of Lincoln
  10. ^ "Web site for Edenham Regional House (vicarage)". 
  11. ^ "School Web Site". 

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