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St.Benedict's church, Candlesby, Lincs. - - 119081.jpg
St.Benedict's Church, Candlesby
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Gunby Hall
Candlesby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF455674
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSpilsby
Postcode districtPE23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°11′03″N 0°10′35″E / 53.184235°N 0.176301°E / 53.184235; 0.176301Coordinates: 53°11′03″N 0°10′35″E / 53.184235°N 0.176301°E / 53.184235; 0.176301

Candlesby is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is part of the civil parish of Candlesby with Gunby, and situated 5 miles (8 km) east from Spilsby. Gunby is a hamlet about 1 mile (1.6 km) east from Candlesby.


Candleby appears in the Domesday Book as "Calnodesbi", in the Wapentake of Candleshoe.[1] Although wapentakes were abandoned as local government units in the 1890s, the Candleshoe name lives on as the local Deanery.

Gunby Hall was built around 1700 for Sir William, 3rd Baronet Massingberd, and was the former seat of the Massingberd family. The last in residence was Field Marshal Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd. Today the hall is owned by the National Trust, and is a Grade I listed building.[2][3]

Ancient finds at Candlesby include a crucifix brooch, armour, swords, and a shield, believed to be Saxon.[4]


The present Candlesby parish church is dedicated to Saint Benedict, and is a Grade II listed building.[5] It was built by E. D. Rainey of Spilsby,[6] in 1838, replacing an earlier church that had become derelict.[7]

Gunby ecclesiastical parish is said to number "27 souls", and is served by St Peter's Church. Rebuilt on medieval foundations in the 1870s the Church is accessible only through the Hall's gardens but it remains the active parish church of Gunby with a service once a month.[8]

A school was built here in 1872, but closed in 1933 with only three children in attendance.[9]

The Royal Oak

The village has several daily bus services associated with school travel, and an hourly service to Lincoln and Skegness.[10] The bus stop is adjacent to the Royal Oak public house.


  1. ^ "Candlesby". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Gunby Hall, Candlesby with Gunby". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Gunby Hall (1063656)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 355279". PastScape. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Benedict, Church Street (1359683)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Church of St Benedict, Candlesby". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Candlesby", Retrieved 9 April 2013
  8. ^ "St Peter's Church". Our Parishes. Forward in Faith movement. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Candlesby Public School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Summary of bus services". Retrieved 20 October 2013.

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