Kirkby la Thorpe

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Kirkby la Thorpe
St.Denys' church, Kirkby la Thorpe - - 183139.jpg
Church of St Denys, Kirkby la Thorpe
Kirkby la Thorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Kirkby la Thorpe
Kirkby la Thorpe
 Kirkby la Thorpe shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,120 (2011)
OS grid reference TF098458
   – London 105 mi (169 km)  S
District North Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SLEAFORD
Postcode district NG34
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Sleaford and North Hykeham
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Coordinates: 52°59′55″N 0°21′51″W / 52.998718°N 0.364176°W / 52.998718; -0.364176

Kirkby la Thorpe is a village and civil parish in North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England.The population at the 2011 census was 1,120.[1] It lies 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east from Sleaford. The village is near the start of the A17 Sleaford bypass.


There are three possible deserted medieval village sites in the parish,[2][3][4] identified as Thorpe, Laythorpe and Burgh – these from written records including Domesday. The identification of which site refers to which name is unlikely.[5]


The civil parish extends to include that part of Sleaford that lies to the south-east of the town's Boston Road Police Station, including the Poets Estate.[6] In the late 1990s Sleaford Town Council consulted residents over a proposed change in the civil parish boundary, in order to realign these parts within the town, but this was rejected.[citation needed] In 1924, Poets Estate fell within the ecclesiastical parish of New Sleaford,[6] after the boundary between New Sleaford and the parish of Quarrington and Old Sleaford was altered from the River Slea to the railway line.[citation needed]

The village has a Church of England primary school, comprising the original 1860 building with its classroom and school hall. An extension housing three additional classrooms, cloakroom and library was opened in April 2004, and two further rooms were added in the summer of 2011.[7]

The village public house is the Queens Head Inn on Boston Road.


Kirkby's Grade II* listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Denys.[8] Originating in the 12th century, its chancel was rebuilt in 1854 in Early English style. The aisle and crenellated tower with crocketed pinnacles are of Decorated style, with the tower incorporating Saxon elements. There are remnants of 14th-century glass in the aisle windows. Kirkby previously contained two churches – the church of St Peter was pulled down in 1593, and in 1859 fragments of the church were found together with Saxon remains.[9][10] St Denys' was part of the Leasingham Group of churches until the latter part of 2009, when the ecclesiastical parishes of Kirkby Laythorpe and Ewerby became part of the benefice of New Sleaford, to be held in plurality.[11]

The Grange is a Grade II* listed house on Church Lane.[12] Of 15th-century origin, it was altered in the 16th century – Pevsner records a moulded beam that indicates an earlier date.[9] An early 19th-century barn on Church Lane, early 17th-century cottages on Mount Lane, and the mid-18th-century Mount Lane Farmhouse are also listed.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "First DMV (348826)". PastScape. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Second DMV (348832)". PastScape. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Third DMV (348844)". PastScape. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Burg". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Parish map: "New Sleaford: St Denys"; Retrieved 21 April 2012
  7. ^ Prospectus for the Academic year 2011/2012 (PDF). Kirkby la Thorpe Church of England Primary School. October 2011. p. 4. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Denys (1360592)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 586; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096208
  10. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 184; Methuen & Co. Ltd.
  11. ^ Minutes of the meeting held in Aslackby Church at 7.30 pm on Monday 19th October 2009 (Report). Lafford Deanery Synod. 24 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Historic England. "The Grange, Kirkby La Thorpe (1168986)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  13. ^ Historic England. "Barn at Grange Farm, Kirkby La Thorpe (1061817)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Historic England. "Beever Cottage and Bones Cottage, Kirkby La Thorpe (1360593)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Historic England. "Mount Lane Farmhouse 1, Kirkby La Thorpe (1306725)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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