Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Elsthorpe and Scottlethorpe
Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe
Farmland between Edenham and Grimsthorpe,
something like the centre of the parish
Edenham Grimsthorpe Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe in Lincolnshire
|Primary council||South Kesteven|
|• Type||Parish Council|
|• UK Parliament||Grantham and Stamford|
|• EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|Population (2001 census)|
|Website||Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe Parish Council|
The broad valley is incised into a gently sloping and much dissected plateau of glacial till which is more graphically described by the older term, boulder clay. The till caps the ridges to either side, the one clothed by the Bourne Woods and the other by the park of Grimsthorpe Castle. All the solid geology is Jurassic. The valley sides are of Kellaways clay, Kellaways sand and Oxford clay while its bottom is of cornbrash and Blisworth clay. In the south and west of the parish are much greater exposures of this solid geology with extensive areas of Blisworth Limestone and the Upper Estuarine Series. In the valley, there are also strips of alluvium and patches of glacial sand and gravel.
Although Grimsthorpe Castle is on higher ground to the west, the village of Grimshtorpe shares the geology of the rest of the parish.
The main village is
- Edenham For more details on this topic, see Edenham.
The parish includes a number of outlying hamlets
- Grimsthorpe For more details on this topic, see Grimsthorpe.
- Scottlethorpe For more details on this topic, see Scottlethorpe.
- Elsthorpe For more details on this topic, see Elsthorpe.
The parish is associated with two lost settlements:
- Elsthorpe  located near the modern hamlet of that name.
Aislestorp is mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Alfred of Lincoln and having a mill, 5 villagers, all Freemen; 2 ploughlands. 1 lord's plough team, 2 men's plough teams; 18 acres of Meadow, and 240 acres of Woodland. Sunken roads, building plots, and a fishpond have been located at the site of the original settlement.
Sudtorp is mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Guy of Craon and having a mill, 10 villagers, of whom 6 were smallholders; 2 ploughlands. 2 lord's plough teams, 2 men's plough teams; 16 acres of Meadow, and 200 acres of Woodland. The village is mentioned from the time of the Domesday Survey onwards. There was a chantry chapel here in the 12th century. A priest was last instituted at Southorpe in 1521, and, by 1563, one family only remained.
Once part of the Beltisloe Wapentake in Kesteven, the parish is now part of South Kesteven District. Its obligations under the 19th century poor law were undertaken by the Bourne Poor Law Union from 1835 onwards.
The present Electoral arrangements are as follows:
- South Kesteven District Council, Glen Eden ward, Councillor Maureen Spencer-Gregson OBE
- Lincolnshire County Council, Folkingham Rural ward, Councillor Martin Hill OBE
- Westminster, Stamford and Grantham constituency, Nicholas Boles MP
- European Parliament, East Midlands, Derek Clark Roger Helmer Glenis Willmott Emma McClarkin Bill Newton Dunn
Apart from agricultural employers there is a post office, coal merchant and agricultural dealer.
- 2001 Census data
- "Parish council details". SKDC. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- Institute of Geological Sciences Geological Maps of England and Wales One-Inch Series Sheet 143 (1967)
- "BGS map mashup of geological information". - can be zoomed to show the villages
- Historic England. "Elsthorpe (348468)". PastScape. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
- Domesday Survey.
- Historic England. "Southorpe (348516)". PastScape. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- Domesday Survey.
- "Private web site dealling with history of the Bourne poor law union". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- "Unofficial web site simmarising local representatives". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- "Eclesiastical parish details". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- "Eclesiastical parish web site". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- "Deanery details, Diocesan web site". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- Media related to Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Elsthorpe and Scottlethorpe at Wikimedia Commons
- Geanealogy web site references to the parish
- Another general historic resource
- Another general history site
- Map of parish boundaries
- Official list of MEPs