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St.Mary's church, Ludborough
Ludborough is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population191 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF296955
• London135 mi (217 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGRIMSBY
Postcode districtDN36
AmbulanceEast Midlands
List of places
53°26′26″N 0°03′00″W / 53.44062°N 0.05007°W / 53.44062; -0.05007Coordinates: 53°26′26″N 0°03′00″W / 53.44062°N 0.05007°W / 53.44062; -0.05007

Ludborough is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) north from Louth, and at the eastern end of the A18 road. Ludborough has a population of 191 people. The Prime Meridian passes to the east of the village.


Evidence of Neolithic activity in the area was confirmed by a find, in the 1970s, of a stone axe believed to be of the Langdale type.[2] While aerial photographs in 2010 led to the identification of a rectangular enclosure dating to the Iron Age or Roman period as cropmarks.[3]

In A Dictionary of British Place Names, A.D. Mills interprets Ludborough's name to mean a 'fortified place' that may be associated in some way with the Lincolnshire town of Louth.[4]

In the Domesday Book of 1086, Ludborough had 38 freeman and was considered 'very large'.[5] Before the Conquest lordship was held by Thorgot Lag, and after, Berengar of Tosny, with Robert of Tosny as tenant-in-chief and the head of the manor at Binbrook.[5]

On 4 May 1297, King Henry III granted the manor holders, Richard de Breuse and his wife Alic, the right to hold a market in the village.[6]

The parish church, dedicated to St. Mary, retains elements from the 13th to the 15th century but was substantially renovated by James Fowler in 1858.[7] Following the lengthy closure for renovation the church was re-opened on 1 May 1860.[8]

In 1821, the parish had a population of 281, and had 45 homes. Around this time, part of the south aisle of St. Mary's Church was used as a school.[9]


Ludborough is noted for its railway station, the base for the heritage Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument No.893174 (893174)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Monument No.1581431 (1581431)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b Ludborough in the Domesday Book
  6. ^ "Gazetteer of Market Towns in Lincolnshire". The Centre for Metropolitan History. Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  7. ^ Historic England. "St. Mary's Church (353241)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Restoration and re-opening of Ludborough church". Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser. 5 May 1860. Retrieved 16 November 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ History of the County of Lincoln: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. J. Saunders. 1834. p. 203.

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