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Ropsley is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceSK992342
• London100 mi (160 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG33
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52°53′46″N 0°31′36″W / 52.8961°N 0.5268°W / 52.8961; -0.5268Coordinates: 52°53′46″N 0°31′36″W / 52.8961°N 0.5268°W / 52.8961; -0.5268

Ropsley is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The village is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) east from Grantham, and falls within the civil parish of Ropsley and Humby .[2]

Ropsley is the location of the source of the River East Glen (River Eden).[3]


Ropsley was the birthplace of Richard Foxe, the Tudor Bishop who funded the Grammar School at Grantham and Corpus Christi College at Oxford.[4]

A 300-year-old ring dam, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south-east from the village and identified by a group of trees, was once used as a sheep wash; the blue brickwork of the sheep wash can still be seen.[citation needed] There are paths from the village, past the ring dam, to Little Humby.[3]

There several disused quarries nearby, two of which are situated within the village itself.[3]


Ropsley Rise Woods; the centre of the woods was thinned in 2008

There is now one village public house: The Green Man, The Ropsley Fox closed down in 2012. Previous pubs included The Peacock. The village bakery was on the high street for 300 years, one of the oldest in the country, closing in 1979. Now a private house, many people can remember visiting the bakery as children to get the family bread and cakes.

Ropsley village hall has grounds which incorporate a basketball court, a football pitch and a cricket pitch. There is a 12-hole golf course on the outskirts of the village. The village running club is Ropsley Road Runners.

Ropsley war memorial is in the centre of the village and dedicated to First and Second World War servicemen. Each year on Remembrance Day a parade, led by a piper, travels from St Peter's Church to the memorial for two minutes silence.[citation needed]

A number of walks in the Ropsley area run through traditional English woodland, including Ropsley Rise Woods.[citation needed]

Previously there were several small farms in the Ropsley area. Today very little of the land is used for livestock; it is almost all arable farmland, growing crops including barley and oil seed rape.[citation needed]

St Peter's Church[edit]

St Peter's Church

The church of St Peter dates back to Norman times. Some parts of the church appear to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.[5] The building dates back to at least 1380. In the 17th century part of the church was demolished and re built by the vicar of the time, Reverend Francis Furlong, because dry rot was discovered in the walls.[6] Two war memorials are inside St Peter's Church: one commemorates War dead, the second, a stained glass window, is a memorial to Sgt Pilot of the Royal Air Force, William Philip Dales from Little Humby.

The ecclesiastical parish is part of The North Beltisloe Group of parishes[7] in the Deanery of Beltisloe in the Diocese of Lincoln.[8] From 2006 to 2011 the incumbent was Rev Richard Ireson [9] and from 2012 Rev Mike Doyle.


The first school was built here in 1717, endowed by James Thompson.[citation needed] It was rebuilt about 1805 after a fire.[citation needed] A Public Elementary School was built here in 1874, and enlarged in 1894 with an increased pupil intake of 400.[citation needed]

Today the school teaches almost 100 pupils. It has its own wildlife area, playground, climbing frame and football pitch, and a bell tower and hall.[10] The school holds a Summer Fete and a Christmas Fayre biannually. Each year at harvest time the school holds a harvest festival; children walk from the school to the church with their offerings. The food collected is then raffled-off.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish details".
  2. ^ "Ropsley and Humby parish council". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 7 September 2013. The "Ropsley & District Parish Council" covers the electorial [sic] area of the village of Ropsley & the hamlets of Braceby, Great Humby, Little Humby & Sapperton. The Ropsley & Humby Ward elects seven councillors & the Braceby & Sapperton Ward one.
  3. ^ a b c Grantham: Bottesford & Colsterworth (Map) (A1 ed.). 1:25 000. OS Explorer. Ordnance survey of Great Britain. 3 January 2006. § 247. ISBN 9780319238332.
  4. ^ "Bishop Richard Foxe". Church web site. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ Taylor, H M (1978). Anglo-Saxon architecture : volume 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 1110.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St.Peter (325721)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  7. ^ "St. Peter's Church, Ropsley", Retrieved 14 May 2012
  8. ^ "Ropsley P C C" Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 14 May 1012
  9. ^ "North Beltisloe Group Council Report for PCC AGMs."; PDF download required. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  10. ^ "Ropsley CofE School web site".

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ropsley at Wikimedia Commons