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.
What 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 ?
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