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St. Botolph's church, Saxilby, Lincolnshire.jpg
St Botolph's Church, Saxilby
Saxilby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,992 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK897757
• London125 mi (201 km) S
Civil parish
  • Saxilby with Ingleby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLINCOLN
Postcode districtLN1
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°16′17″N 0°39′22″W / 53.271434°N 0.655977°W / 53.271434; -0.655977Coordinates: 53°16′17″N 0°39′22″W / 53.271434°N 0.655977°W / 53.271434; -0.655977

Saxilby is a large village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, about 6 miles (9.7 km) north-west from Lincoln, on the A57 road at the junction of the B1241. It is part of the civil parish of Saxilby and Ingleby, which includes the village of Ingleby. The population of the civil parish in 2001 was 3,679,[1] increasing to 3,992 at the 2011 census.[2]


Boats moored on the Fossdyke as it runs through Saxilby

The village lies on the north bank of the Roman Fossdyke Navigation. There are remains of a Roman camp just outside the village.[citation needed]



The name is of Viking origin, Old Norse Saksúlfr + byr, or "farmstead of a man called Saksulfr" and it appears as "Saxebi" in the Domesday Book (1086). In archived documents the village is often referred to as "Saxelby", with the current spelling of Saxilby only being found in common use from the late 19th century onwards.[3]

Early history[edit]

The Romans built the Fossdyke which runs through the Saxilby area, but it is unknown whether they settled on the site. Roman pottery has been found in digs in the area, which is what suggests they may have settled in this area.[3] During the 9th century, Viking invaders took many areas of Lincolnshire and some settled in Saxilby.[3] In the 12th century, the Normans began creating Manors and the Manor in the Saxilby area was given to Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux.[4]

Local government and public services[edit]

Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council is made up of 14 Councillors. The Saxilby Ward of West Lindsey District Council has 2 seats. Saxilby falls under the Gainsborough parliamentary constituency, and the current MP for this area is Sir Edward Leigh, and has been since 1997, and was MP from 1983 for Gainsborough and Horncastle, the former Constituency for the Saxilby area.[5]

Policing in Saxilby falls under the responsibility of the Lincolnshire Police, fire-fighting under the responsibility of the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the village is served by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). The closest hospital is Lincoln County Hospital, which runs a 24-hour accident and emergency department.[6] Saxilby has two medical practices: Trent Valley Surgery and Glebe Practice, both located on Sykes Lane. The Vicarage Veterinary Centre is located on Church Road, fairly close St Botolph's Church.


Saxilby is situated next to the A57, which runs from Liverpool to Lincoln The B1241 road runs through the village, called Mill Lane from the A57 junction until it meets Church Road where it becomes Sturton Road.

Saxilby is served by a number of bus routes:

  • 100 – Lincoln to Scunthorpe via Gainsborough
  • 105, 107 – Lincoln to Gainsborough
  • 106 – Lincoln to Gainsborough via Saxilby
  • 777 – Lincoln to Saxilby

Saxilby railway station, on the Doncaster to Lincoln Line, is situated close to the centre of the village, having originally been built by the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway.


Saxilby has its own primary school, Saxilby Church of England Primary School which received an overall judgement of Good on their 2012 Ofsted inspection, with one Outstanding feature.[7] A number of secondary schools are located nearby, such as the Queen Elizabeth's High School in Gainsborough and Lincoln Christ's Hospital School on Wragby Road in Lincoln, both of which receive children from the village.


Saxilby Methodist Church

Saxilby has been served by various different Christian churches including Church of England, Methodist, Wesleyan and, at one point, a St Andrew's Mission House.[clarification needed] Today, Saxilby has a 12th-century church dedicated to Saint Botolph and a Methodist church.


Saxilby Athletic F.C. is a Men's football club that compete in the Lincoln Sunday Football League. Saxilby Athletic J.F.C. is a junior football club with male and female teams in a variety of age groups.[8] The Recreation field, as well as having a football pitch, is also home to Saxilby Cricket Club, Saxilby Bowls Club, and Saxilby Tennis Club.


The Anglers on the High Street

Saxilby has a Co-op (including a pharmacy and Post Office): There are various smaller shops the former Post Office on the high street is now a gift and card shop, a fabric shop, two barbers/hairdressers, greengrocer and florist, and a news agents/minimarket. A butchers shop also opened in the former Tongs DIY shop on Bridge Street in February 2018. The two village pubs are the Anglers Hotel, owned by Heineken Star Pubs Ltd, on the High Street and the Sun Inn on Bridge Street which has recently reopened. Saxilby has a small number of restaurants, takeaways and cafés including: a tea room, a café a Pizza Restaurant, a Chinese takeaway, an Asian restaurant on Gainsborough road and a fish and chip shop. The Service station situated on the A57, has now ceased trading. Motor Engineer R Barnard also known as Saxilby Garage can be found on Church Road.

The St Andrew's Community Centre is located on the Recreation field and is home to 2 function rooms as well as The Pavilion Bar & Kitchen, the Parish Office, and Saxilby Library. The Village Hall, a former Wesleyan Chapel, is the host to Saxilby Drama Circle, Saxilby Women's Institute and is a venue for many varied events.[9] Saxilby is also home to a very active Scout and Guide community, with all main sections of each movement present. The majority of these groups meet in the Jean Reville Memorial Scout and Guide HQ on Bridge Street.[10]


  1. ^ "Saxilby with Ingleby". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Saxilby History Group – Village History".
  4. ^ Bachrach, Bernard S. (1993). Fulk Nerra, the Neo-Roman Consul 987–1040: A Political Biography of the Angevin Court. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 174. ISBN 0-520-07996-5. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Edward Leigh profile". UK Parliament Website. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Our Hospitals" Archived 18 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Saxilby CofE Primary School Ofsted 2012" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Lincoln Division 1 – Saxilby AFC".
  9. ^ "Saxilby History Group – Village Hall".
  10. ^ "24th Lincoln Scout Group".

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