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All Saints' Church, Nettleham
Nettleham is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,437 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceTF008754
• London120 mi (190 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLINCOLN
Postcode districtLN2
Dialling code01522 & 01673
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53°15′58″N 0°29′16″W / 53.266167°N 0.487741°W / 53.266167; -0.487741

Nettleham is a large village and civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east from the city of Lincoln between the A46 and A158.

The population of the civil parish was 3,437 at the 2011 census.[1]


The now-demolished Bishop's Manor House at Nettleham was the property of Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor and later Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, before passing into the possession of the Bishops of Lincoln, who enlarged it to create a Bishop's Palace appropriate to one of the country's most important Sees. On 7 February 1301 King Edward I was staying in the Bishop's Palace when he created his son Edward (later King Edward II) as the first Prince of Wales. The building was damaged during the Lincolnshire Rising of 1536 and completely demolished by 1650, only traces of foundations remaining on the site now called Bishop's Palace Field.[2]

The parish church of All Saints dates from the Saxon period, with medieval and 19th century additions. It is now in the benefice of Nettleham with Riseholme and Grange de Lings.[3]

Thomas Gardiner's grave in Nettleham churchyard

Within the church's graveyard is a headstone in memory of Thomas Gardiner, a post-boy murdered hereabouts by two highway robbers in January 1733. The inscription declares he was 'barbarously murdered' aged 19. The robbers - two brothers by the name of Hallam - committed another murder near Faldingworth before being arrested. They were convicted of murder at Lincoln and executed at the site of their crimes. (Thomas Gardiner's headstone declares he was killed on 3 January 1732 since at the time Britain used the Julian Calendar.)[4][5]

The Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) had been based in Nettleham but moved to Newark-on-Trent in 1999. The site became the home of the WATCH Trust for Environmental Conservation, but this also moved to Newark a few years ago.[6]


Since April 1974 Nettleham has formed part of the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It forms part of the Gainsborough parliamentary constituency which is represented by Sir Edward Leigh.


The parish boundary meets Greetwell on the A158 Horncastle/Wragby road. It follows the A15 Wragby Road into Lincoln for about 110 yards (100.6 m) where it meets Lincoln, and skirts the edge of the housing estate (Glebe Park) next to the bypass; the Lincoln bypass (A158) from the A46 to the A158 is in the parish. The boundary crosses Nettleham Road (B1182, former A46), south of the bypass roundabout, and follows south of the A46 bypass for about 550 yards (502.9 m) and meets Riseholme (south of the bypass). The bypass passes northwards skirting, the edge of the University of Lincoln's Riseholme College. 550 yards north of Nettleham Hall, it meets Grange de Lings, and borders this parish along a farm track until the A46, where it meets Scothern just north of Nettleham Heath Farm. It crosses Scothern Beck north of Skelton House Farm, passes south, and at Nettleham Beck it meets Sudbrooke, crossing Sudbrooke Lane east of Richmond Farm. North of Manor Farm, it meets Reepham on the A158 Roman road and follows the A158 to North Greetwell, where it meets Greetwell.


Nettleham has won the "Best Kept Village Award" several times,[7] and the centre of the village is a conservation area. Large modern housing estates surround the old village centre. Nettleham is also the location of the Lincolnshire Police headquarters to the west of the village near the A46. It was opened by the Queen in 1980.

Village public houses are the Black Horse on Chapel Lane, the Plough on Church Street, and the White Hart on High Street.

The parish includes an oil well owned by Star Energy, north of the A158 bypass, which has been producing since 1985.


Nettleham F.C. have been members of the Lincolnshire League since their relegation from the Central Midlands League. They have twice played Aston Villa football club in friendlies.[citation needed] Nettleham Cricket Club play in the Lincolnshire ECB League. Both teams play their home fixtures at Mulsanne Park, Nettleham. The village also has a tennis club and has been the new home of Lincoln Rugby Football Club since 2014.


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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Bishops Manor (349523)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  3. ^ "All Saints Nettleham Parish Church". Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. ^ Urban, Sylvanus. The Gentleman's Magazine: Or, Monthly Intelligencer. For the Year 1733. Volume III. p.43, 99, 154
  5. ^ Codd, Daniel (2013). Tales from the Gibbet Post (The Jeering of Horns in Lincoln).
  6. ^ Wildlife WATCH
  7. ^ Nettleham Parish Council. "Nettleham Parish Council". Retrieved 21 October 2011.

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