Winterton is a small town or large village with amenities in North Lincolnshire, England, 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Scunthorpe. The 2011 census found 4,899 inhabitants, in 2,001 households. Major north-south/east-west streets of Winterton are Market Street and Northlands Road. Winterton is near to the banks of the Humber and is 8 miles (13 km) south-west of the Humber Bridge which can be seen from many parts of the town.
The town's mayor is Jacob Richard Luigi Lyon.
In October 1968, during road-widening works on the A1077, workers found a massive stone coffin containing a skeleton later identified as being that of a young woman aged between 20 and 25 years of age, who stood 5'3" (1.6 m) tall (the so-called Winterton Lady). She was of high status, as evidenced by the high quality of the coffin made from a single block of limestone and she was also found to be laid on a sheet of lead. Down the hill from this spot are the remains of one of the Winterton Roman villas, which is famous for its mosaic pavements where it is most likely she lived.
Both Winterton and neighbouring Winteringham seem to contain mention of Winter or Wintra, the first of the kings of Lindsey with any pretence to an historical basis (after the mythological Woden). The position of the two settlements on the south bank of the Humber, close to the point where the main Roman road from the south reaches the river, may be significant, as it is the obvious point from where the settlement of Lindsey is likely to have originated.
The village's name is thought to mean the ‘farmstead, the village or the estate of the Winteringas ', who were perhaps followers or dependants of someone called Winter or Wintra. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the place is called variously Wintrintune, once; Wintrintone, four times; Wintritone, twice and Wintretune, once.
- Wallace Sargent – Former director of the Palomar Observatory, he was one of the world's foremost astronomers and a leading academic at the California Institute of Technology. Born in nearby Elsham, he attended school at Winterton
- Neville Tong – cyclist
- William Fowler – (1761–1832); artist, architect and builder
Winterton has been twinned with:
- Saffré, France - since 1993
- 2011 Census at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 February 2015)
- Stead, I. M. (2011). "Winterton Roman Villa: An Interim Report". The Antiquaries Journal. 46 (01): 72–84. doi:10.1017/S0003581500062892. ISSN 0003-5815.
- Myres, John Nowell Linton (1989). The English Settlements. Oxford: University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-19-282235-2.
- Cameron, Kenneth (1991). The Place-names of Lincolnshire. Vol. 6. English Place-Name Society. p. 125.
- Wallace Sargent's curriculum vitae at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 March 2016)
- Anon (n.d.). "History of Winterton". wintertoncouncil.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2018.