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St Nicholas' Church, Stenigot
Stenigot is located in Lincolnshire
 Stenigot shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference TF252808
   – London 120 mi (190 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Louth
Postcode district LN11
Dialling code 01507
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
List of places

Coordinates: 53°18′36″N 0°07′15″W / 53.309915°N 0.12095°W / 53.309915; -0.12095

Stenigot is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south-west from the town of Louth, and 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east from the village of Donington on Bain. It includes the hamlet of Cold Harbour.[1]

The distinctive name 'Stenigot' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Stangehou. This is thought to be a variant of the Old English Stāninga-hōh, meaning 'spur of a hill' of 'the people at a stone'.[2]

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and is a Grade II listed building dating from 1892. Built of red brick and limestone, with a 15th-century octagonal font. There is a monument to Sir John Guevara, died 1607, of white, grey and orange streaked alabaster and a black marble inscription plaque to Francis Velles de Guevara, died 1592.[3]

The village is probably best known for RAF Stenigot, a chain home high station during the Second World War[4] and later as a NATO ACE High station, with four tropospheric scatter parabolic dishes.[5]

RAF Stenigot - abandoned tropospheric scatter dishes 
RAF Stenigot - 350 feet (107 m) radar tower 


  1. ^ "Stenigot". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.441.
  3. ^ "St Nicholas, Stenigot". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stenigot". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stenigot". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 August 2011.