North Willingham

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North Willingham
North Willingham Church and the A631 - - 305669.jpg
Church of St Thomas, North Willingham
North Willingham is located in Lincolnshire
North Willingham
North Willingham
Location within Lincolnshire
Population181 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF163883
• London130 mi (210 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarket Rasen
Postcode districtLN8
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°22′44″N 0°15′08″W / 53.378968°N 0.252229°W / 53.378968; -0.252229Coordinates: 53°22′44″N 0°15′08″W / 53.378968°N 0.252229°W / 53.378968; -0.252229

North Willingham is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish (including Sixhills) was 181 at the 2011 census.[1] It is situated 3.5 miles (6 km) east from the town of Market Rasen on the A631 road between Market Rasen and Louth.

The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Wunlingeha", with 57 households.[2]

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle and is a Grade II listed building dating from the 14th century, with later additions and alterations and an 1896 interior restoration. It contains a 19th-century octagonal font. Built into the west wall of the nave is the head of a 13th-century grave slab, and in the chancel two freestanding crosses brought from Palestine after the First World War.[3]

St Thomas became part of Walesby Group of Parishes in 1979, which comprises churches in Brookenby, Claxby by Normanby, Kirmond le Mire, Normanby le Wold, Stainton le Vale, Tealby and Walesby.[4]

North Willingham Church of England School was built in 1850 and closed in 1949.[5]

Jessie Boucherett was a campaigner for women's rights. Daughter of Ayscough (sometimes Ayscoghe) Boucherett, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, she was born at Willingham House in 1825 and died there in 1905, being buried at St Thomas church. The house was built in 1790 for the Boucherett family.[6]

During the Second World War Willingham House became Camp 256, a Prisoner of War work camp. It held German prisoners who worked as labourers in the local area. Willingham House was demolished in 1976.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "North Willingham". Domesday Map. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  3. ^ Historic England. "St Thomas, North Willingham (1064043)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  4. ^ "North Willingham". Walesby Group of Parishes. Our Church Web. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  5. ^ "North Willingham CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  6. ^ Boucherett, Jessie (25 June 2009). "Moves to recognise local 19th century fighter for women's rights". Market Rasen Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Willingham House, Camp 256 (1475283)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Willingham House, Lincolnshire". England's Lost Country Houses. Matthew Beckett. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.

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