Little Ponton

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Little Ponton
St.Guthlac's church, Little Ponton, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 144537.jpg
St Guthlac's Church, Little Ponton
Little Ponton is located in Lincolnshire
Little Ponton
Little Ponton
 Little Ponton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 135 
OS grid reference SK925324
   – London 95 mi (153 km)  S
Civil parish Little Ponton and Stroxton
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRANTHAM
Postcode district NG33
Dialling code 01476
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Grantham and Stamford
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 52°52′53″N 0°37′32″W / 52.88125°N 0.62553°W / 52.88125; -0.62553

Little Ponton is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 2 miles (3 km) south from Grantham.

History[edit]

Part of the Roman road of Ermine Street (known locally as the High Dyke) passes through the parish.[1]

The village belonged to the historical wapentake of Winnibriggs and Threo.[2]

Geography[edit]

Bridge under the East Coast Main line on Whalebone Lane

Little Ponton is part of the civil parish of Little Ponton and Stroxton.[3] It is situated just off the B1174 (the former A1).

Little Ponton ecclesiastical parish extends along a footpath across the west side of the A1 as far north as Warren Plantation. The boundary crosses the A1 just before the A1 reaches the summit of the hill (as viewed northwards). It follows Tollemache Road South on the industrial estate then follows the road down to the Saltersford sewage works, passing to the north of Daily Mail Farm, where it meets the parish of Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without. Most of the sewage works is in the parish. The boundary crosses the East Coast Main Line and due east it meets Whalebone Lane, crossing it on the north edge of Whalebone Spinney. Eastward it crosses the High Dike or Ermine Street (B6403), where it meets the parish of Old Somerby. The south the parish includes Woodnook and Woodnook Farm. The boundary follows a footpath south-west through Griff's Plantation. At a point 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the B6403, the boundary meets Boothby Pagnell. At a point south of Poplar Farm and north of Boothby Great Wood, the boundary meets the parish of Great Ponton. The boundary crosses the B6403 next to Ponton Park Wood (east of the B6403). It follows due west to cross the East Coast Main Line just north of Great Ponton. It crosses the River Witham and due west, then crosses the A1 and reaches Gibbet Hill. At Stroxton Spinney, the boundary follows northwards, crossing the Stroxton-Little Ponton road and follows a footpath.[1]

Woodnock Valley[edit]

Bombus hortorum on Field Scabious, Woodnook Valley, July 2012

Woodnook Valley has been a SSSI since March 1986.[4]

Community[edit]

With Stroxton, the civil parish has a population (in 2001) of 135. There are no village amenities.

The ecclesiastical parish is part of the Colsterworth Group of the Deanery of Beltisloe . The 2013 incumbent is Rev'd Eric John Lomax.[5][6] Little Ponton parish church is dedicated to Saint Guthlac. It dates from the Norman period, but is largely of Decorated style. The west front was rebuilt in 1657. The chancel arch may be Saxon.[7]

The film and stage actor and soldier Richard Todd (1919–2009) is buried in the churchyard, between two of his sons, who predeceased him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grantham: Bottesford & Colsterworth (Map) (A1 ed.). 1:25 000. OS Explorer. Ordnance survey of Great Britain. 3 January 2006. § 247. ISBN 9780319238332. 
  2. ^ Vision of Britain site: Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Civil parish details". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "SSSI name: Woodnook Valley". SSSI information. Natural England. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Colsterworth Group of Churches". , Colsterworth5.co.uk
  6. ^ "Little Ponton P C C". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Historic England. ""St Guthlacs church" (325757)". PastScape. 

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