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Tupholme Abbey
Tupholme is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF144684
• London120 mi (190 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLINCOLN
Postcode districtLN3
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′03″N 0°17′18″W / 53.200840°N 0.288418°W / 53.200840; -0.288418Coordinates: 53°12′03″N 0°17′18″W / 53.200840°N 0.288418°W / 53.200840; -0.288418

Tupholme is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 11 miles (18 km) east from Lincoln, and is the site of the ruined Tupholme Abbey on the road between Horncastle and Bardney. The population is included in the civil parish of Bucknall.

The Abbey, founded before 1190 by Gilbert and Alan de Neville, was the home of Premonstratensian white canons, numbering around 24 in the 15th century.[1][2] The ruins chiefly consist of parts of the Early English wall of the refectory with lancet windows, and a reader's pulpit with trefoiled arches.[1]

The site of the abbey was granted to Sir Thomas Heneage of Hainton. Sir Thomas built a grand house, based on the monastic buildings, for his daughter Elizabeth and her husband William Willoughby, 1st Baron Willoughby of Parham. This mansion passed through the Willoughby family until it was sold in 1661 to the Vyner family. Around 1700 the Vyners demolished the Tudor mansion and built a new hall (Tupholme Hall, demolished 1976) nearby. They retained one wall of the medieval abbey/house as an eye-catching ornament in their surrounding parkland.[3]

The notorious slave-owner Thomas Thistlewood was born in Tupholme.

The site held a Folk Festival in 1970 and 1971,[4] and in 1972 a Rock Festival with Rod Stewart and the Beach Boys.[2]


  1. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916); Lincolnshire p. 321; Methuen & Co. Ltd.; retrieved 23 April 2011
  2. ^ a b "Abbeys of the Witham Valley" Heritage Lincolnshire; retrieved 28 April 2011
  3. ^ "Heritage Trust page for Tupholme Abbey". Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Bardney Village History" lincolnshire.gov.uk; retrieved 28 April 2011

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