Holton cum Beckering

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Holton cum Beckering
All Saints church, Holton cum Beckering, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 94462.jpg
All Saints Church, Holton cum Beckering
Holton cum Beckering is located in Lincolnshire
Holton cum Beckering
Holton cum Beckering
Location within Lincolnshire
Population140 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceTF115813
• London125 mi (201 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLN8
Dialling code01673
AmbulanceEast 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]

Academy Award-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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