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Parish Church of St. Margaret, Huttoft - - 173284.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Huttoft
Huttoft is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population585 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF513764
• London120 mi (190 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAlford
Postcode districtLN13
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°15′48″N 0°16′03″E / 53.263434°N 0.267533°E / 53.263434; 0.267533Coordinates: 53°15′48″N 0°16′03″E / 53.263434°N 0.267533°E / 53.263434; 0.267533

Huttoft is a big village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated about 4 miles (6 km) east of the market town of Alford, on the A52 road between Ingoldmells and Sutton-on-Sea.


Huttoft is listed three times in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hotoft,[2] in the manors of both Huttoft and Greetham in the Calcewath Hundred of the South Riding of Lindsey. The combined listings record over 19 households, and 20 villagers, 23 smallholders, 69 freemen, 20 ploughlands, and meadows of 860 acres (3.5 km2). Before the Norman Conquest Earl Harold was lord of Greetham; this in 1086 transferred to Earl Hugh of Chester who also became tenant-in-chief to King William I. The 1086 tenant-in-chief of Huttoft was Alfred of Lincoln.[3]

Huttoft is an Anglo-Norse place name derived from Old English hoh "decline", "slope" and Old Norse topt "site of a house". However, the Dictionary of British Place Names defines Huttoft as a "homestead on a spur of land."[4] De Beaurepaire states that it is the same name as the Hottot; Hotot (f. e. Hotot-en-Auge) ; Hautot (former Hotot. f. e. Hautot-sur-Seine) in Normandy.[5]


St Margaret's Church is built of stone in the decorated style,[6] and is a Grade I listed building. Built of greenstone, limestone, and with some brick patching, Restorations took place in 1869, 1882, and 1910. The west tower is 13th-century,although it was extended in the 14th century. The font is 15th-century, although the cover is 19th-century.[7]The churchyard cross, is a Grade II listed structure,[8] which was restored in 1896 with the addition of a crucifix.[9]

The Poet Laureate John Betjeman (1906–1984) was fond of Lincolnshire: Wolds, Marsh and the Georgian town of Louth. He refers to St Margaret's, Huttoft, in the second of his Lincolnshire poems, A Lincolnshire Church.[10] This is one of his longer poems and also mentions the vicar of 1943–59, Theophilus Caleb, whom he met.

The Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Sutton Road, Huttoft, became part of the Alford, Skegness and Wainfleet Methodist Circuit in 1997.[11]

The Primitive Methodists also had a chapel, in Church Lane, which was on the Alford Methodist circuit until 1963, and has since been demolished, although the graveyard remains.[12]

Huttoft windmill, standing in the centre of the village, is a Grade II listed building.[13]It lost its sails in 1945 in a storm after a century of milling.[14]

Huttoft School was built as a National School in 1840 and enlarged in 1874. It was known as Huttoft CE School by 1914, and became Huttoft County Primary in 1947. It became a grant-maintained school and has been known as Huttoft Primary (GM) School since 1999.[15]

Huttoft Bank Pit, some 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of the village, is a nature reserve protected by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. It provided clay for repairs to the sea bank after the North Sea flood of 1953. It includes a large open water area and extensive reed beds.[16] Huttoft Bank leads to Huttoft Beach, also known as Moggs Eye.[17]

Huttoft is the location of the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary.



Population of Huttoft Civil Parish
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Population[18] 286 340 401 470 515 586 597 535 469 468 458 461 448 404 546 585


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. ^ Albert Hugh Smith, English Place-names Elements, 2 volumes, Cambridge, 1972.
  3. ^ "Huttoft". Domesday Map. Ann Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.252. ISBN 019960908X
  5. ^ de Beaurepaire, François; Les noms des communes et anciennes paroisses de la Seine-Maritime, éditions Picard 1979. p. 92. ISBN 2708400401
  6. ^ "Kellys Directory" (PDF). Kellys Directories Ltd. 1919. p. 808. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "St Margarets Church (1360009)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Cross in Churchyard, South Side, Huttoft". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Churchyard Cross, St Margarets (1147238)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  10. ^ Collected Poems (1958), p. 141 Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Huttoft". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Huttoft Primitive Methodist Chapel". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Huttoft Mill, Huttoft". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Time Travel Britain". Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  15. ^ "Huttoft School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  17. ^ "Huttoft Beach". Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  18. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 23 August 2011.

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