Nettleton, Lincolnshire

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Nettleton village
Nettleton is located in Lincolnshire
 Nettleton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 579 (2001)
OS grid reference TA108001
   – London 140 mi (230 km)  S
District West Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LN7
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Gainsborough
List of places

Coordinates: 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 situates 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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