Biscathorpe in Lincolnshire ~ Research and History
A look into the past of the Lincolnshire village . . .
Biscathorpe is a small village on the River Bain, not far from Louth and has an interesting history.
The village is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, as Biscopetorp, and prior to the Norman Invasion it’s Lord was Godric, post the 1066 invasion it was ‘given’ to the Bishop of Durham.
There are 25 acres of meadows listed and 2 mills, 6 plough lands, 2 lord’s plough teams and 2.5 men’s plough teams.
There’s no mention of a church so presumably the original church dates no earlier than medieval at best, the current building appears to be relatively modern.
Coming to the church, it’s dedicated to St Helen and it’s both ornate and plain in equal measure. The tower and spire is quite nice, the carving with adorns the building is also quite impressive but the rendering is not perhaps the most attractive of features.
The village is very small, I’m thinking of a Medieval Shrunken Village perhaps ?!
There are certainly signs of greater medieval activity in and around the church, the church is ringed with earthworks for example.
In 1821 the village only consisted of 8 houses and 37 inhabitants, fairly obscure, so much so it’s not included on all Road Atlases !
I’d be very keen to collate as much information as possible about this village and its history so if you can help in any way then please do leave a comment, many thanks.
[Edit] John Lyon, priest at Biscathorpe was Hanged as a Lincolnshire Catholic Martyr