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.
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,