Ashby Cum Fenby in Lincolnshire
A look into the history of the church and village . . .
Ashby Cum Fenby is a small village in North East Lincolnshire, situated at the foot of the Wolds and about 4 miles from Holton Le Clay.
It has a fine church, dedicated to St Peter, and a long history.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Aschebi there are; Meadow 30 acres listed, Woodland running to 6 acres and 1 mill.
No church is mentioned so it looks as though the church seen today is of medieval origin rather than Saxon.
Some of those Norman origins can still be seen, namely the doorway to the church. The tower is primarily 13th century with the chancel dating circa the 1300s.
As can be seen there are some splendid interior monuments.
I should note these photographs were taken in 2009 when obviously the church was open - I cannot say that’s still the case today.
There’s a 14th century Knight Effigy, monuments to Suzanna Drury, 1606, Sir William Wray, 1617, and his wife Lady Frances Wray, 1647.
The Wray family are also responsible for the Almshouses to the west of the church. They were originally built in 1641 although now heavily renovated.
The Romans appear to have been there which finds of Roman Pottery indicating this, I’d be interested to hear of any coins or metal finds though as pottery is not always conclusive, certainly not to me.
Our medieval predecessors left us with plenty of evidence of their everyday life though, crofts, tofts, boundaries and mounds and Medieval or Post Medieval moat complete with Post Medieval decorative and landscaped garden.
Coming closer to today there was a World War II spotlight site there, nothing left standing in the ploughed field.
I’m keen to hear of more evidence, was there a Saxon presence ? Is there any more evidence of Romano-British activity ?
Any information, snippets or pieces of history about Asby-Cum-Fenby from any period are keenly sought.
All the best