Wilsthorpe, Lincolnshire

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Church of St Faith, Wilsthorpe - geograph.org.uk - 1577574.jpg
St Faith's Church, Wilsthorpe
Wilsthorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF091138
• London90 mi (140 km) SSE
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStamford
Postcode districtPE9
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°42′41″N 0°23′11″W / 52.711325°N 0.386268°W / 52.711325; -0.386268Coordinates: 52°42′41″N 0°23′11″W / 52.711325°N 0.386268°W / 52.711325; -0.386268

Wilsthorpe is a village in the district of South Kesteven in the county of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 6 miles (10 km) north-east from Stamford and approximately 4 miles (6 km) south from Bourne. The population is included in the civil parish of Braceborough and Wilsthorpe.

Originally a Chapelry in Greatford parish,[1] Wilsthorpe was created a civil parish in 1866 and lasted until 1931 when it was abolished to create the civil parish of Braceborough and Wilsthorpe.[2]

Wilsthorpe is mentioned in Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as having 20 households, 40 acres (0.2 km2) of meadow, 12 acres (0.05 km2) of woodland, and two mills.[3]

A possible Roman villa has been located as cropmarks to the south-east of the village,[4] and King Street is a Roman road.[5]

The church is a Grade II* listed building dedicated to Saint Faith. Built in 1715, it was restored and altered by James Fowler of Louth in 1869. In the sanctuary is a late-13th-century effigy of a knight in chain mail;[6] perhaps a Wake family member. Hereward the Wake was an Anglo-Saxon who led resistance to the Norman Conquest, and was born in or near Bourne.[7]

To the west of the village is the former railway station of Braceborough Spa Halt which was on the Essendine and Bourne Railway line. It opened in 1860 and closed in 1951. The old station house is now a private house.[8]

Nearby is the pumping station house from the old Peterborough Waterworks with its 52 feet (15.8 m) deep artesian well drilled during the late 19th century when it provided a million gallons of water each day to supply the cathedral city 14 miles (23 km) away.[citation needed]


Wilsthorpe appears as a real world location in Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance a short ghost story by M.R. James first published in More Ghost Stories in 1911


  1. ^ "Wilsthorpe". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Wilsthorpe civil parish". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Wilsthorpe". Domesday Map. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Wilsthorpe Roman Villa (348304)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  5. ^ "King Street Roman Road, Wilsthorpe". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "St Faiths, Wilsthorpe (1062675)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Braceborough and Wilsthorpe". Lincolnshire Parishes. Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Braceborough Spa Halt (506986)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 12 August 2011.

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