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Brook at Moorby - - 523651.jpg
The brook at Moorby
Moorby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population50 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF292640
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBOSTON
Postcode districtPE22
Dialling code01507
AmbulanceEast Midlands
List of places
53°09′27″N 0°04′07″W / 53.15749°N 0.06856°W / 53.15749; -0.06856Coordinates: 53°09′27″N 0°04′07″W / 53.15749°N 0.06856°W / 53.15749; -0.06856

Moorby is a small village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The village is situated 4 miles (6 km) south-east from Horncastle and 1 mile (1.6 km) east from Wood Enderby. The village is in the civil parish of Claxby with Moorby, where Claxby refers to Claxby Pluckacre. Moorby has a population of about 50 inhabitants. At the 2011 census the population remained less than 100 and in included in the civil parish of Wood Enderby.


According to Mills, Moorby derives from the Old Norse for 'mór' plus 'bý', a "farmstead or village in the moor".[1]

Moorby is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Morebi", in the Horncastle Hundred of Lindsey South Riding. The village contained 18 households, 10 smallholders, 8 freemen, a meadow of 240 acres (0.97 km2), woodland of 6 acres (0.02 km2), and a church. In 1066 Queen Edith held the Lordship, which in 1086 was transferred to William I as Lord of the Manor and Tenant-in-chief.[2]

In 1885 Kelly's noted Moorby as a village with a Wesleyan chapel, and a school, founded 1856, for children of the parishes of Moorby, Wilksby, Claxby Pluckacre, and Wood Enderby. The school was supported by voluntary contributions and held 70 pupils, with an average attendance of 40. Parish soil was described as heavy loam with a subsoil of white clay, on which were grown wheat, barley, seeds and turnips. Parish population in 1881 was 98. Moorby occupations included four farmers, a wheelwright who was also a beer retailer, a blacksmith, and a farm bailiff.[3]

A church, dedicated to All Saints, was demolished in the 1980s[4] Kelly's (1885) notes the church as a small structure in Early English style, constructed of Ancaster stone with brick bands, and comprising a chancel, nave and vestry, a north porch, and a small square tower with one bell and a spire. The arcade was of three arches, the reredos of carved stone and encaustic tile, and the pulpit of Caen stone. The parish registers dated from 1561, and included those of Claxby Pluckacre. The living was a rectory and 14 acres (0.06 km2) of glebe land at Wildmoor Fen.[3] The Shell Guide to Lincolnshire describes Moorby church as being "much restored by James Fowler in 1866, but he left a large and very early font".[5] In 1964 Pevsner noted a square font that included images of a virgin, sun and moon, kneeling and seated figures, a cadaver, and an angel. The vestry held a 16th-century stone panel with the image of a man playing bagpipes and two dancing figures. A 1712 paten by John Stocker also existed.[6]

Moorby was 'a Great War landing ground' for the RAF.[7]

The village contains remains of POW Camp 79. The camp was a standard Second World War working camp for German soldiers. It was later used as a poultry farm.[8]


Most local gatherings in the village take place in the village hall, a Rural Education Centre on Cooks Farm (including village council meetings and the annual Harvest Supper, which residents of Wilksby also attend) or on the village green, a small grassy area on the site of an old farmyard, probably owned by the nearby Scrivelsby estate.[citation needed] Church services are held in Wilksby church (built by the Stanhope family at a cost of £99) every third Sunday in the month.[citation needed]

Village buildings include 12 houses, including the Old Rectory, the Old School House, and the Royal Oak, no longer a licensed premises.[citation needed] A Methodist chapel still stands but is now outhouses for a private residence. The village is also home to Oslinc, a farm where ostriches are reared for meat, eggs, and feathers.


On New Year's Eve 2002 a farm at Moorby was taken-over by 70 people for an illegal rave, causing damage and fires. The farmer complained that Lincolnshire Police took no eviction action after sending two officers to investigate. The police stated that "officers could only intervene to break up rave parties if certain criteria were met".[9]


  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p. 333, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
  2. ^ "Domesday Map". Moorby. Anna Powell-Smith. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 582,583
  4. ^ Historic England. "All Saints Church, Moorby (527270)". PastScape. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ Thorold, Henry; Yates, Jack (1965). A Shell Guide to Lincolnshire. Faber and Faber, London. p. 105.
  6. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire pp. 317, 318; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram in 1989, Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096208
  7. ^ "Moorby",
  8. ^ Historic England. "POW Camp Moorby (1434353)". PastScape. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Police fail to stop rave", BBC News, 3 January 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2013

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