Raithby by Spilsby

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Raithby by Spilsby
Holy Trinity, Raithby-by-Spilsby - geograph.org.uk - 105630.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Raithby
Raithby by Spilsby is located in Lincolnshire
Raithby by Spilsby
Raithby by Spilsby
Location within Lincolnshire
Population190 (including Mavis Enderby, 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF372671
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Civil parish
  • Raithby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSpilsby
Postcode districtPE23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°11′03″N 0°03′09″E / 53.184116°N 0.052608°E / 53.184116; 0.052608Coordinates: 53°11′03″N 0°03′09″E / 53.184116°N 0.052608°E / 53.184116; 0.052608

Raithby by Spilsby or Raithby is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) north-west from the town of Spilsby.

Raithby has associations with founder of Methodism, John Wesley, and the Victorian architect, George Gilbert Scott.


Raithby is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Radebi", with 26 households, a mill and a church.[2]

The parish church is a Grade II* listed building[3] dating from the 12th century, although it was largely rebuilt in 1873 by Sir George Gilbert Scott.[4] The chancel was enlarged in 1886 by Temple Moore, and the tower renewed by Hodgson Fowler in 1895.[5] The lychgate is Grade II listed and dates from 1907. It was dedicated to the memory of Sophy Janet Rawnsley, of Raithby Hall.[6] In the grounds of the churchyard is a stone cross, mostly dating from 1903 but using part of an earlier shaft. The old base is not used and lies 6 feet (1.8 m) away.[7][8]

The red-brick Raithby Hall was the seat of the Brackenbury and Rawnsley families, built around 1760 for Robert Carr Brackenbury and extended in 1848 and 1873 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is now an old peoples home, and is Grade II listed.[9]

This village played an important role in the spread of Methodism in Lincolnshire. After visiting Raithby in 1788, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, declared it ‘an earthly paradise’.[10] Raithby contains one of the oldest Methodist chapels in England, and one of the few surviving chapels opened by Wesley himself. Raithby Chapel was built over a stable block in the grounds of Raithby Hall in 1779 by Robert Carr Brackenbury, and was dedicated by Wesley on 5 July 1779. It is a Grade I listed building.[11][12]

The children of Raithby were served by a village school from 1668 when Thomas Lawford founded a Free School where children from Raithby, Mavis Enderby, Hundleby and Sausthorpe were educated.[13] The school was rebuilt in 1866 to hold 45 pupils. By the 1870s it was known as Raithby and Mavis Enderby School, and Raithby and Enderby CE School by 1925. It closed on 21 December 1949.[14]


Raithby is situated 29 miles (47 km) from Lincoln, and around 12 miles (19 km) from the market town of Horncastle, the "gateway to the Wolds". It is also 14 miles (23 km) north-west from the coastal resort of Skegness. Nearby attractions include the birthplaces of Alfred, Lord Tennyson at Somersby, and explorer Sir John Franklin at Spilsby.

The mid-18th-century Grade II listed The Red Lion Inn is the village public house.[15][16]

Raithby is served by the Interconnet 56 bus service runs which runs from Lincoln Central bus station to Skegness Interchange. The bus stops outside the Red Lion Inn pub.[17]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ Raithby in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Holy Trinity Raithby (1063584)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ https://gilbertscott.org/holy-trinity-raithby-by-spilsby/
  5. ^ Historic England. "Holy Trinity, Raithby (354058)". PastScape. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Lychgate, Raithby (1146578)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Churchyard Cross, Raithby (354058)". PastScape. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Churchyard Cross, Raithby (1063585)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Raithby Hall (1166361)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  10. ^ John Wesley Journal of the Revered John Wesley, Sept 13 1773 to Jan 2 1776, p.418
  11. ^ Historic England. "Raithby Chapel (546287)". PastScape. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Raithby Chapel (1063583)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~englin/R/raithby.htm
  14. ^ "Raithby and Enderby CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  15. ^ http://www.spilsby.info/places/RedLionInnRaithby.html
  16. ^ Historic England. "Red Lion Inn, Raithby (1146585)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  17. ^ For bus times see http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/upload/public/attachments/621/Interconnect6.pdf

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