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Glentham Church and Village History
A delve into the past of the Lincolnshire village of Glentham

The Lincolnshire village of Glentham is North of Lincoln and sits on the road between Market Rasen and Gainsborough near the well known Caenby Corner.
It’s an ancient village in the Lindsey West Riding district with 3 entries in the 1086 Domesday Book under the Aslacoe Hundred as Glandham or Glantham and Glentham.

Domesday tells us it was a reasonable sized settlement and pre-conquest the Anglo-Saxon landlords were the Bishop of Lincoln and, with much better names, Thorgisl, Rainfrid, Estan of Farningham, Wulfmer and Wadard of Cogges.
Following the invasion of those damnable Normans the land was stolen and given to Bishop Odo of Bayeux and the ubiquitous Ivo Tallboys.
There’s no mention of a mill, church or priest.

St Peter's and St. Paul

Glentham Church ~ St Peter’s and St Paul

The village church is dedicated to St Peter’s and St Paul and is much rebuilt. The tower dates to 1756 although there are traces of 13th and 14th century stonework.
The south door is said by Pevsner to be medieval with original boss and ring pull, inside there’s a 14th century chest.
There’s also a defaced 14th century effigy of a lady, not identified but Arthur Mee states she was nicknamed Old Molly Grime and local custom saw seven old maids given a shilling each to wash the figure every Good Friday.

Given the proximity to the great Roman Road Ermine Street it’s hardly surprising that there’s evidence of Roman occupation with pottery and coins having been found, mostly 3rd and 4th century.

Of much greater interest, to me at least, is a 7th century Anglo-Saxon pendant made from gold, drop shaped, filigree set with two garnets and found at a local farm.
We can go back further still with Neolithic polished stone axes and full circle to World War II with a bombing decoy to deflect attention away from nearby RAF Hemswell.

There’s surely much more of interest associated with Glentham so if you know of anything then please do leave a comment.
Many thanks in advance,


  1. veronica said,

    May 10, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    It seems a yearly rent charge issuing out of an estate at Glentham of 7s was part of the will of Mr W Thorpe who paid it until his death in 1832. The seven shillings went to seven ‘’old maids’ on condition of their washing the stone effigy of Lady Tournay, ‘’Molly Grime’’, with water from Nowell well. Each ‘old maid ‘received a shilling for their service.

    Brilliant! How shocking ! :)

    Glentham ‘Speakeasy’ / ‘Shebeen’

    Sept 1886, Lindsay magistrates heard a very unusual case of a breach of the Licensing Act. John Bilton, George Moore and Willie Baxter were charged with selling beer without a license.

    The defendants it seems did not like the beer in the village alehouse so they devised a scheme whereby Moore took brought beer from Lincoln in his cart to Bilton’s house. The house was then opened on various evenings to anybody who chose to pay 6d admission. Dancing followed in the barn and those who paid entrance could drink as much as they liked all night. ( Genius! ;) )

    An undercover policeman however, paid his money and was supplied with beer. When he made himself known, he was told that it was a club not a pub.

    The men were fined £1. 5s. 2d.

  2. Rod said,

    May 10, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    love this, wonderful stuff, every day social history, as you know, is one of the things I’m really keen on
    In appreciation,

  3. Barry de Graff said,

    May 10, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Interestingly,. Glentham made the local TV news today as it is one of the first Lincolnshire villages to receive high speed broadband via the installation of wi-fi antennae on the village hall roof! :-)

  4. Rod said,

    May 11, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    great addition, more than worthy of mention, today’s news will one day be a piece of historical information so I’m very keen to get it on record
    Thanks Barry,

  5. v said,

    May 11, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Rod, I have come to appreciate Social History very late in my ‘career’ ; only the last handful of years in fact.

    I think it is unfortunate that at 14 we choose our path, in my case Political History option to O Level, which followed into an A level which followed onto a degree in it. Not that I regret it. I don’t. I am glad I had that political grounding.

    But 14 is too young to choose a path if as myself that subject becomes your career choice.

    Social history is my choice now.

  6. Rod said,

    May 11, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Likeweise my choice too V, fascinating stuff

  7. Peter Mullins said,

    May 12, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    The mediaeval Pieta (the dead Christ in the lap of his mother), which is visible in your picture above the porch door, is one of the great Lincolnshire works of art. These representations are always a deliberate ‘clash’ with the idea of mother and child, and sometime the dead body is therefore smaller than you’d expect in real life, but here the sheer bulk and the sprawling natue of the dead body brings out the archetypal grief in a way which is almost unequalled. Simon Jenkin’s ‘Thousand Best Churxches’ says that the Pieta on the Font at Bag Enderby is ‘worth crossing Lincolnshire to see’, but it is the Glentham south porch towards which I always point people, and it ‘works’ for me far better than famous marble representations elsewhere which always strike me as too pietistic in comparison to what we have in these two stunning Lincolnshire examples.

  8. Rod said,

    May 12, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    thanks for this, really appreciated. I wasn’t aware of this when I visited, I just happened to be passing, but thankfully as I walked around the church I did see and admire it.
    I took 2 photographs that day, one of the church and thankfully one of . . .
    The Glentham Church Pieta, dated 1400s, or Our Lady of Pity as I’ve seen it noted

    Thanks for the prompt Peter, much appreciated as I had to fish the image out of the ‘Recycle Bin’.

  9. Ron Evans said,

    November 28, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    I was born as was my mother and a large number of our reltions. at Mill Houses, Mill Hill, Gainsborough Rd. .Glentham.We left in 1949 when i was years old.
    I can remember the ruins of the Mill, to the west of the House, A well was covered by corugated sheet metal, a no go area for me as the base of the Mill.
    a photo is on he web site of Lincolnshire Archives.

  10. Robert Rowe said,

    February 12, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Rod. Just as a matter of interest the first recorded Rector of the church was Geofrey (no surname) in 1190 and the first Vicar was Richard de Stamford in 1273

  11. Rod said,

    February 12, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    thanks for that, much appreciated

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