Nettleton, Lincolnshire

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Nettleton
Church Street, Nettleton - geograph.org.uk - 429969.jpg
Nettleton village
Nettleton is located in Lincolnshire
Nettleton
Nettleton
Location within Lincolnshire
Population579 (2001)
OS grid referenceTA108001
• London140 mi (230 km) S
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarket Rasen
Postcode districtLN7
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire
53°29′10″N 0°19′49″W / 53.486115°N 0.330182°W / 53.486115; -0.330182Coordinates: 53°29′10″N 0°19′49″W / 53.486115°N 0.330182°W / 53.486115; -0.330182

Nettleton is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated less than 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west from the town of Caistor. According to the 2001 census the village had a population of 579.[citation needed]

Nettleton contains a village shop, a primary school, and a Methodist Church. The village public house is the Salutation Inn. Nearby is the Woodland Trust's Nettleton Wood, and a caravan park.

On Boxing Day, shoemakers would traditionally 'beat the lapstone' at the house of any 'water drinker' (teetotaller), as a mocking act and practical joke. The tradition derives from an 18th-century story in which a Nettleton resident, Thomas Stickler, who had declined alcohol for twenty years, became inebriated after drinking half a pint of ale at his shoemaker on Christmas Day. When questioned by his wife, he replied that he was not drunk but had simply fallen "over the lapstone".[citation needed]

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