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Grimsthorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF048229
• London90 mi (140 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBOURNE
Postcode districtPE10
Dialling code01778
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°47′39″N 0°26′46″W / 52.79404°N 0.44606°W / 52.79404; -0.44606Coordinates: 52°47′39″N 0°26′46″W / 52.79404°N 0.44606°W / 52.79404; -0.44606

Grimsthorpe is a hamlet in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the A151 road, and 3 miles (5 km) north-west from Bourne. Grimsthorpe falls within the civil parish of Edenham, which is governed by Edenham Grimsthorpe Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe Parish Council.[1]

Grimsthorpe Castle is 500 yards (460 m) to the west.[2]

John Marius Wilson's 1870 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Grimsthorpe as:

a hamlet in Edenham parish, Lincoln; on the river Glen, 1½ mile W of Edenham village. Pop., 135. Grimsthorpe Park was the seat once of the Duke of Ancaster, afterwards of Lord Gwyder; is now the seat of Lord Willoughby d'Eresby; was built partly in the time of Henry III., but principally by the Duke of Suffolk, to entertain Henry VIII.; is a large, irregular, but magnificent structure; and stands in an ornate park, about 16 miles in circuit. A Cistertian abbey, founded about 1451, by the Earl of Albemarle, and called Vallis Dei, or, vulgarly, Vaudy, formerly stood in the park, about a mile from the castle.[3]


Grimsthorpe signpost

Vaudey Abbey was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1147, dissolved in 1536. The Abbey and its commercial quarries became part of Grimsthorpe Park.[5] The park itself is mentioned in the Domesday Book.[6]

The majority of employment in the village is in agriculture, at Grimsthorpe Castle, or at the Black Horse public house.


  1. ^ "Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Elsthorpe & Scottlethorpe Parish Council - Key Contacts", South Kesteven District Council. Retrieved 15 August 2011]
  2. ^ Historic England. "Grimsthorpe Castle (348511)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ Wilson, John Marius, ed. (1870). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. p. 814.
  4. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870). "The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, Vol III. Grasmoor–Lees". A. Fullarton & Co., Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Dublin. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Vaudey Abbey (348506)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Grimsthorpe Park (1129134)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 15 August 2011.

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