Holton cum Beckering

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Holton cum Beckering
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All Saints Church, Holton cum Beckering
Holton cum Beckering is located in Lincolnshire
Holton cum Beckering
Holton cum Beckering
Holton cum Beckering shown within Lincolnshire
Population 140 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TF115813
• London 125 mi (201 km) S
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LN8
Dialling code 01673
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
53°19′01″N 0°19′34″W / 53.317°N 0.326°W / 53.317; -0.326Coordinates: 53°19′01″N 0°19′34″W / 53.317°N 0.326°W / 53.317; -0.326

Holton cum Beckering is a small village and civil parish in West Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 6 miles (10 km) south from Market Rasen at the junction of the B1202 and B1399 roads. At the 2001 Census it had a population of 140.[1]


Around the village is evidence of Medieval settlement, defined by cropmarks and ridge and furrow earthworks indicating crofts and enclosures. Near Holton Hall are possible remains of a moat.[2]

In 1885 Kelly's noted that the parish was of 1,862 acres (7.54 km2) with chief agricultural production being of wheat, oats, barley and seeds, and an 1881 population of 165.[3]


All Saints' Church is a Grade I listed Anglican church.[4] Kelly's mentions that it comprises a chancel, nave, aisles and south porch, and a square tower containing three bells, with the chancel incorporating richly painted frescoes and a carved oak screen separating the chancel from the nave. Benches were carved by a Mr Swaby of Marsh Chapel when the chancel was rebuilt in 1851 by a Mr Nicholson of Lincoln.[3] The church was restored in 1859-60 and 1870-74 by George Gilbert Scott, who rebuilt the north arcade and added, according to Pevsner, a "glittering mosaic reredos... made, according to Canon Binnal, by a Catholic Italian who insisted on smoking his pipe while doing it". Also noted was a chalice and paten cover dated 1569[5] Scott also repaired both aisles, and rebuilt a mortuary chapel and the whole roof.[3]

Other listed buildings are early 18th-century Holton Hall[6] and late 17th-century Abbey Farm House.[7]


The amateur dramatic society was originally known as the Holton Players. Following a move to Wickenby, in 1970, they were renamed the Lindsey Rural Players.[8]

Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Broadbent was born in the village in 1949; his parents, Roy and Dee Broadbent, were founder members of the Holton Players.[9][10]

BBC documentaries[edit]

The village was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary Conchies of Holton-Cum-Beckering on 7 May 2007. Presented by Billy Bragg, it interviewed the surviving members of a group of Second World War conscientious objectors who formed themselves into farming communities and an amateur dramatic society.[11]

A documentary on BBC Radio 4 Extra The Holton Players was broadcast on 1 September 2014 (and repeated on 21 June 2017). It was presented by Jim Broadbent.[12]


  1. ^ "Area: Holton cum Beckering CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Holton cum Beckering (1056524)". PastScape. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 482
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1064035)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 274; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  6. ^ Historic England. "Holton Hall (1359513)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Abbey Farm House (1064034)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Our History", Lindsey Rural Players at The Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby. Retrieved 29 October 2011
  9. ^ "It's a Golden Globe for Jim Broadbent", Louth Leader, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2011
  10. ^ "Roy Broadbent (1915-1972)", Broadbent.org. Retrieved 29 October 2011
  11. ^ "Conchies of Holton-Cum-Beckering", BBC Radio 4, 7 May 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2011
  12. ^ "The Holton Players", BBC Radio 4 Extra, 1 September 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017

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