Market Deeping

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Market Deeping
The Market Place, Market Deeping - - 672549.jpg
Market Place (former A16)
Market Deeping is located in Lincolnshire
Market Deeping
Market Deeping
Location within Lincolnshire
Population6,008 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF137102
• London80 mi (130 km) S
Civil parish
  • Market Deeping [1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE6
Dialling code01778
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°40′39″N 0°19′02″W / 52.6776°N 0.3173°W / 52.6776; -0.3173Coordinates: 52°40′39″N 0°19′02″W / 52.6776°N 0.3173°W / 52.6776; -0.3173

Market Deeping is a market town and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, on the north bank of the River Welland and the A15 road. The population of the town at the 2011 census was 6,008.[2]


The town's market has been held since at least 1220.[3]

The £10 million four-mile-long (6.4 km) A15 and A16 bypass opened in July 1998, which incorporates a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) stretch of single and dual carriageway. The A16 has now moved to the former A1073 from Crowland to Spalding, and the bypass became the A1175 in October 2011.


The town is part of the South Holland and The Deepings Parliamentary Constituency but is also part of South Kesteven District. It sends three district councillors to SKDC which is based in Grantham. It currently has one Conservative and two Independents although since 1983 it has mostly returned Liberals and Independents. The first Green Party candidate stood in 2007 and was runner-up.[4]

The town and some of the surrounding villages including West Deeping and Tallington form the new Deepings West and Rural division of Lincolnshire County Council which will elects one councillor (currently a Conservative since the May 2017 elections).

The town elects 13 councillors to form Market Deeping Town Council which is based at Market Deeping Town Hall.[5]


Market Deeping, with 2,462 households,[6] is the largest of The Deepings followed by the large village Deeping St James. The River Welland forms the border with the Peterborough unitary authority area. It is the seventh-lowest-lying town in terms of height above sea level in England. The town is known for its stone buildings dating back to the 17th century, its largely 15th-century church dedicated to St. Guthlac and the remains of a market cross.


On 1 February 1994 Prince Edward, Duke of Kent visited Park Air Electronics on the Northfields Industrial Estate, accompanied by Sir Henry Nevile, then the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.[7] This company is now called Park Air Systems, owned by Northrop Grumman. Best of British magazine is based on Market Gate.[8] In July 2010 the Eventus Business Centre was opened on the Northfields Industrial Estate, a purpose-built business centre financed through Lincolnshire County Council.[9][10]



The main secondary school is the Deepings School, in neighbouring Deeping St. James, an academy school with a comprehensive intake. It was built as the Deeping County Secondary Modern School in 1958, and became a comprehensive in the mid-1970s. The rest of South Kesteven operates a selective education system. Market Deeping's two primary schools are the Market Deeping William Hildyard CE Primary School[11] and the Market Deeping Community Primary School.[12]


The parish of Market Deeping falls within the Diocese of Lincoln and the town's Anglican church is dedicated to St Guthlac. It is situated on Church Street. It is the only church in the town although there are five in neighbouring Deeping St James namely: the Catholic Church of St Mary and Guthlac; Deepings Methodist Church, Deeping Baptist Church and the Open Door Baptist Church of the Deepings.


The Deeping Stage

The Deeping Stage Hotel is in Market Place is by the River Welland. Other Deeping pubs include The Vine, The White Horse, The Bull, and The Stone Loach. The Old Coach House public house (currently vacant)

The town has two significant fish and chip shops: The Boundary, which won the East of England Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award in 2007, "one of the top ten in the country;"[13] and Linford's which was one of seven runners-up in the National Fish and Chip Awards in 2012.[14]

Market Deeping's food and grocery outlets include Domino's, Tesco, Co-op, Italian, Thai, British, Nepalese, Indian and American restaurants.


Market Deeping is covered by the Sandy Heath transmitter which broadcasts BBC local news service Look East and ITV Anglia, or the Belmont transmitter for BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) and ITV Calendar (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire). There is also reception from the Waltham transmitter which broadcasts BBC East Midlands Today and ITV Central.

Local radio is provided by Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Lincolnshire. The area is one of the few in Lincolnshire to be covered by a local DAB multiplex, NOW Peterborough.[15]

Newspapers covering Market Deeping, based in larger towns nearby, are the Stamford Mercury, the Lincolnshire Free Press and the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. There is also several local publications including the monthly I'd rather be in Deeping magazine and the weekly Deepings Advertiser.


Market Deeping's football team is Deeping Rangers F.C., formed in 1964. The local rugby union club is Deepings Rugby Union F.C.;[16] its 1st XV were Champions of Midlands 6 East (South) in 2007. The girls' football team is the Deeping Diamonds F.C.[17] There is also Deepings Swimming Club,[18] Woody Heights skate park in nearby Deeping St James, and a BMX track adjacent to the remains of the original 1980s track, located on the John Eve Playing Field. The Bourne Deeping Hockey Club has recently been formed!

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Market Deeping". Lincolnshire Council. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Gazetteer of Market Towns in Lincolnshire". The Centre for Metropolitan History. Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ "South Kesteven 2007 Election Result". South Kesteven District Council. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Market Deeping Town Council to buy town hall from South Kesteven District Council for £1". Rutland and Stamford Mercury. 11 September 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Court Circular". The Independent. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  8. ^ Best of British
  9. ^ Eventus
  10. ^ SKDC Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ William Hildyard CE primary school
  12. ^ MCDP
  13. ^ "Award: Fish and chip shop scales new heights", Peterborough Evening Telegraph 15 November 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2011
  14. ^ "National Fish and Chip Awards 2012", National Fish and Chip Awards. Retrieved 10 February 2019
  15. ^ Peterborough DAB map Archived 9 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Deepings Rugby Union F.C.
  17. ^ Deeping Diamonds F.C. Archived 22 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Deepings Swimming Club
  19. ^ "Lincolnshire Olympians"; BBC Lincolnshire, 14 August 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2012

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