Somerby (Juxta Bigby)

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St Margaret's Church, Somerby
Somerby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTA061066
• London145 mi (233 km) S
Civil parish
  • Somerby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBarnetby
Postcode districtDN38
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°32′45″N 0°24′01″W / 53.54575200°N 0.40017074°W / 53.54575200; -0.40017074Coordinates: 53°32′45″N 0°24′01″W / 53.54575200°N 0.40017074°W / 53.54575200; -0.40017074

Somerby is a hamlet and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from the town of Brigg and in the ecclesiastical parish of Somerby[1] Somerby lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between the villages of Bigby and Searby.


The parish church, once described as a "small uninteresting edifice",[2] is a Grade II* listed building. It is dedicated to Saint Margaret[3] and dates from the 13th century with later additions.[4] It was restored in 1884-85 by H. M. Townsend of Peterborough. An effigy of a knight dating from the late 13th century lies on the south side of the nave.[4] In chancel niches are two marble urns dedicated to two sons of the Weston family who died in the service of the East India Company in 1762 and 1767, respectively.[4] Another Weston, Edward, is commemorated by a large marble wall plaque on the north wall of the chancel. He died in 1770, and was a member of the Privy Council of Ireland.[4][5]

About 1834 the value of the living, based at the rectory and in the grant of the Crown, was £7. 7s. 6d. A few years earlier, in 1821, the hamlet comprised 13 houses, with a population of 76.[2]

Somerby Hall and Somerby Grange[edit]

Somerby Hall was for many years the home of the Weston family,[6] and was purchased by Edward Weston the son of the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt. Rev. Stephen Weston.[7] It was demolished in 1964.[8]

Somerby Monument

Somerby Grange Farmhouse is a Grade II listed building dating from 1756 with 19th-century additions.[9][10]

The Monument[edit]

The Monument was erected in 1770, and is an ashlar doric column topped by an urn. It was erected to commemorate 29 years of marriage for Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall. It is Grade II listed.[11][12]


Today, Somerby has a vineyard. The owners state that they have unearthed several medieval artefacts and Roman coins.[13]


Today the Ecclesiastical parish of Somerby is part of The North Wolds Group of the Deanery of Yarborough.[14]

The nearest primary schools are in Barnetby le Wold or Grasby


  1. ^ Ecclesiastical Parish details
  2. ^ a b Allen, Thomas (1834). The history of the county of Lincoln: from the earliest period to the present time. J. Saunders, Jr. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  3. ^ either Margaret the Virgin or Saint Margaret of England
  4. ^ a b c d "Church of Saint Maragret, Somerby". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St. Margaret  (Grade II*) (1359824)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Somerby by Bigby (Somerby by Brigg)". Genuki. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  7. ^ Phillips, Sir Richard (April 1809). "Provincial Occurrences: Dorsetshire and Devonshire". The Monthly Magazine. Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper. 27 (183): 312. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Complete list of lost English country houses" Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Lost Heritage, Retrieved 15 June 2011
  9. ^ Historic England. "Grange farmhouse  (Grade II) (1308696)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Somerby Grange Farmhouse". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  11. ^ Historic England. "The monument  (Grade II) (1063373)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  12. ^ "The Monument, Somerby". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Local History". Somerby Vineyards. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  14. ^ "Ecclesiastical parish". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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