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East Halton in Lincolnshire ~ Church & Village History

East Halton in Lincolnshire ~ Church & Village History
A village with a long and interesting past situated very near the River Humber

Sat near the Humber and roughly between Goxhill and Killingholme East Halton is only a small village with some 600 inhabitants, only up a 100 or so in the last 100 years.
Stone with cross carved in now built into wallWhat it lacks in size it makes up for in historical importance with a past including Roman occupation right up to playing an important role in the Second World War.
Roman pottery has been found in reasonable quantities and there’s still earthwork evidence for a medieval moated site with fish ponds.

The village is set apart primarily by recent history though and the part it played in our defence during WWII, including one site I’ve already documented coastal defence and bomb decoy sites are also in the vicinity.

St Peter’s church, in it’s current form, goes back to the 13th century and there’s still remnants of the Norman build extant.
It sits on the site of Lobingham a Deserted Medieval Village listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Lobingeham.
East Halton itself is also listed - as Haltune and probably under Ivo Tailbois.

The church is of Early English design and got a rebuild in 1868 by James Fowler who was presumably responsible for the piece of stone, presumably from a ‘coffin lid’ of one type or another, with the incised cross upon it, pictured left, which can now be seen in the wall.
Pevsner makes special mention of the carved bench ends and Mee makes reference to a ‘battered bowl of a Norman font’ in the churchyard - would be interesting to know if that is still there ?

East Halton church Saint Peter's

St. Peter’s Church East Halton

There’s plenty more to the story of this ancient village so if you know anything at all of interest then please do leave a comment.
Many thanks in advance


  1. chris keyworth said,

    October 6, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    the moated site at grid TA 1420 1880 centered, is known as Bass Garth or Baysgarth…
    there is also another moated site at Grid TA 1400 2010 centered, called manor farm…

  2. Nick said,

    March 15, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    Had a look inside the church today. Although the more interesting history can be seen outside. There’s a fantastic medieval ladder in the tower. Made up of two massive tree trunks and leading up to the belfry.

    I wouldn’t like to be a window cleaner and lug it about lol

  3. Gloria Scott said,

    May 15, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Does anyone out there have any information on the old Mill which was at Mill House, Church End East Halton sometime around 1800 to 1900

    Thank you Gloria

  4. Chris Keyworth said,

    May 15, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Hi Gloria
    ive just had a scan through my books and cant find anything, There is nothing mentiond in the Domesday Book 1086, with regards to a mill at Lobingham or East Halton, but that isnt to say there was not a later mill on the site, i will keep looking an post anything that turns up..

  5. Graham Smith said,

    June 5, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Good site Rod. I always like to have a look.

    This morning i went to take a few photographs of East Halton church. As i arrived so did an old chap (82 years old) who had come to cut the grass down around a family grave. Which needed doing as the whole churchyard is now overgrown. We got talking (for about 2 hours) and he now lives at Goxhill but used to live in East Halton. It seems that he was at school with my father and uncle, worked for an old school friends dad and told me endless stories about these people and others that i can remember my dad talking about when i was young. A small world, and an enjoyable 2 hours.


  6. Rod said,

    June 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - you meet some interesting people in churchyards, I can vouch for that.
    All the best

  7. Wendy said,

    July 31, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Hi Rod,

    I have recently been shown a photograph of the old mIll which used to be situated at Church End in East Halton.
    I now have been given a copy but I am not sure who holds the original photo!
    The mill was brick-built, as opposed to the mill which stood on the brow of Mill Lane which was a wooden structure.

    I have also recently been shown a diagram of the WWII buildings in East Halton. It was drawn up in 1951 and explains the whole site, right down to the latrines and how many seats! Very interesting! They are owned by a gentleman here in the village.

    Kind regards,

  8. Rod said,

    July 31, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    thanks for sharing that, really appreciated and a warm welcome ot the site.
    Kind regards,

  9. Wendy said,

    August 11, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Quote” …… and Mee makes reference to a ‘battered bowl of a Norman font’ in the churchyard - would be interesting to know if that is still there ? ………”

    Yes, the Norman font is still about but is now safely kept inside the church. It is to be found on the left hand side of the chancel, in front of the vicar’s chair!
    As Mee states, it looks like a battered bowl!
    If we have a Christmas tree in the church, we usually plonk it inside this old font!
    Kind regards,

  10. Rod said,

    August 12, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    that’s wonderful information, thank you very much.
    Kind regards,

  11. Anne ope said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I have found a stone head while digging out footings in my back yard the head is flat at one side but a full face the other is this of interest ,I would like to know its age if possible ,I am going to mount it on an inside wall to kep safe I think it’s great

  12. Rod said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - sounds like a great find.
    You could take it to Immingham museum perhaps or even the church itself and see if there’s anything there similar etc

  13. matthew watts said,

    July 4, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    I am wondering if anyone has any information about church side farm next to the church in east Halton. Its my grandfather’s farm and I am very interested in the history as he is too as he doesn’t know much about it etc. Such as when it was built , I know it was originally one of lord yarbroughs farms before hand. Thanks

  14. Rod said,

    July 4, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Hi Matthew,
    nothing to hand I’m afraid but if I turn anything up I’ll get it on here

  15. Amiguru said,

    July 4, 2013 @ 5:36 pm


    I’ve done a bit of hunting around and come up with this report dated 16 September 1865. I hope it gives you a bit of a start in your researches. :)

    STACK FIRING IN LINCOLNSHIRE. - On Sunday afternoon a fire was discovered on the farmstead of Mr. Thos. Johnson, East Halton, near Grimsby, which threatened at one time, not only to destroy the entire farmstead, but also that of Mr. Daunett [Dannett?] and others adjacent. In the stackyard was stored the produce of twenty-seven acres of wheat, five acres of tares, eight acres of oats, and seven acres of clover, which was all destroyed. The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. A boy was seen by Mrs. Marshall near the stack a short time previous to the fire breaking out.


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