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War Memorial at Withern - geograph.org.uk - 455800.jpg
War memorial, Withern
Withern is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population380 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF429820
• London125 mi (201 km) SSW
Civil parish
  • Withern with Stain
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAlford
Postcode districtLN13
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°18′46″N 0°08′51″E / 53.312739°N 0.147445°E / 53.312739; 0.147445Coordinates: 53°18′46″N 0°08′51″E / 53.312739°N 0.147445°E / 53.312739; 0.147445

Withern is a village in the civil parish of Withern with Stain, in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the A157 road, and 7 miles (11 km) south-east from Louth. Stain was once an independent parish but was combined with Withern when the old church of St John the Baptist was destroyed some centuries ago.

According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, the Withern name is derived from the Old English Widu or wudu, with oern, meaning "house in the Wood".[2] Another source[which?] gives the name as deriving from Old Norse vithr "wood" + OE aerne "house", meaning "the house in the wood", giving Witheren in the 14th century.[citation needed] In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is given as "Widerne".[citation needed]

The parish was in the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey. After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union. The common lands, some 600 acres (2.4 km2), were enclosed in 1839.[citation needed]

The now redundant church of St Margaret's is the burial place of Auguste Pahud and Annie Pahud, whose love story is the raison d'être for Hubbard's Hills.[citation needed] St Margaret's was rebuilt in 1812.

A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1875, though the congregation dates from about 1811.[citation needed]

A Public Elementary School was built in the hamlet of Stain in 1850 and enlarged in 1858 to hold 100 children. The Wesleyans built a school in 1875.[citation needed]

The manor house was the seat of the Fitzwilliam family. It was occupied as a farmhouse in 1900, but the moat still exists. The Grant family lived in the manor at one time, their daughter being Annie Pahud.[citation needed]


Year Population
1801 295
1831 390
1871 452
1881 457
1891 447
1911 407
2001 426
2011 380


An electoral ward in the name of the Civil Parish exists. This ward stretches south east to Saleby with a total population taken at the Census of 2011 of 1,826.[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p. 504, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 23 August 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Platt, John (2005); Withern: The Story of a Lincolnshire Parish, Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian & Literary Society. ISBN 0953953335

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Withern at Wikimedia Commons