Leadenham

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Leadenham
Stonebuilt shop with modern PVC folding canopy, on a sunny day. A bright pot of flowers on the left, and ivy up the stone building on the right.
Leadenham post office
Location of the village within historic Lincolnshire
Location of the village within historic Lincolnshire
Leadenham
Location within Lincolnshire
Population410 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK952524
• London110 mi (180 km) S
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLincoln
Postcode districtLN5
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
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UK Parliament
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UK
England
Lincolnshire
53°03′32″N 0°34′54″W / 53.0589°N 0.5816°W / 53.0589; -0.5816Coordinates: 53°03′32″N 0°34′54″W / 53.0589°N 0.5816°W / 53.0589; -0.5816

Leadenham is a village and civil parish in North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 410.[1] It lies 11 miles (18 km) north from Grantham, on the A607 between Welbourn and Fulbeck, and at the southern edge of the Lincoln Cliff.

History[edit]

Saint Swithun's church, Leadenham

There is evidence of Bronze Age,[2] Romano-British[3][4] and Early Medieval occupation.[5][6]

The name of the village probably comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'Leodan' and 'ham' for "homestead or village of a man called Leoda." It appears in the Domesday Book as "Ledeneham".[7]

Much of the village belonged to the Reeve family whose family seat is still Leadenham House, a Georgian country house built from 1790 for William Reeve.

The Royal Flying Corps airfield to the east was built in 1916, and closed in 1919.[8]

In 1995 the village was bypassed to the south by the A17.

Community[edit]

Leadenham Anglican church is dedicated to St Swithun; it originated in the 13th century and is in Decorated style.[9]


The ecclesiastical parish is part of the Loveden Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln. As of 2016, the incumbent is Rev Alison Healy.[10]

The Village Post Office is in the heart of Leadenham on Main Road. In 2015, Leadenham Teahouse opened within the Post Office. In March 2017, the Post Office and Leadenham Teahouse won a Rural Oscar with the Countryside Alliance awards for the Best Post Office and Village Shop in the East of England.

The village public house is the George Hotel on High Street (A607).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1053284". PastScape. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1053282". PastScape. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1058987". PastScape. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1058984". PastScape. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 326182". PastScape. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  7. ^ Mills, A. D. (1991). A Dictionary of English Place Names. OUP. p. 291.
  8. ^ Historic England. "RFC Leadenham (1512219)". PastScape. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Swithin (326146)". PastScape. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Diocese of Lincoln: Directory–Leadenham". Diocese of Lincoln. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "- Leadenham Teahouse". Leadenham Teahouse. Retrieved 23 May 2017.