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Minting in Lincolnshire
A visit and subsequent research in the history of the village and church

Situated off the A158 north west of Horncastle Minting is certainly off the beaten track but it’s certainly of historic interest.
During the reign of Henry I the Earl of Chester endowed a small Benedictine Priory here though sadly nowadays nothing remains. It was founded in 1129 by Ranulph de Meschines, the then Earl of Chester and it remained thus until the reign of Henry VIII when it was granted to the Dean and Chaplin of Westminster and the Carthusian Priory of Mount Grace. More infmation here on our visit to the site of Minting Priory

The church is dedicated to St Andrew and whilst it underwent a major rebuild , in 1864 by Ewan Christian, some of the original medieval 13th century arcade does remain inside.
Although I never saw it myself, as the church was understandably locked, inside they have a very rare example of of Anglo-Saxon stonework in the form of a cross shaft.


Minting Church in Lincolnshire

Minting Church in Lincolnshire

Minting is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Mentinghes / Duo Mentinghes and at the time was held by our old friend Ivo Tailbois and Willaim the Priest from Countess Judith.
There is plenty of evidence to attest to medieval farming in the form of Ridge and Furrow earthworks and cropmarks and going even further back a Neolithic stone axe was found in 1928 which is now in the hands of the museum services in Lincoln.
I’d be very interested to find out if there have been any metal artefacts found which come from the Roman period as I’ve found no real evidence of much activity during the Roman period.


St Andrew's Church Minting

St Andrew’s Church Minting

There is, supposedly, Little Minting, which is a Deserted Medieval Village and is said to have been near Gautby, checking English Heritage I see they note it but say there’s no earthworks or visible marks and remains to be seen from aerial photographs.
I’d be very keen to find out more about the history of Minting, from any period at all, so if you know anything of interest then please do leave a comment.
Many thanks in advance
Rod

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11 Comments »

  1. Jordan said,

    December 8, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Rod
    You site is getting very mundane and serious at the moment. Can you lighten the mood please.
    Thanks
    Jordan

  2. Rod said,

    December 8, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Jordan,
    I agree !
    the problem is it’s difficult to know what content regular visitors want, without feedback I don’t know, which is why I appreciate yours.
    I’ll start a thread later and see if I can get some feedback.
    In appreciation
    Rod

  3. Vicki said,

    October 6, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I’m a new resident in Minting (and Lincolnshire) and have found the local history fascinating. There have been a number of local archaeological finds from various time periods. The Minting and Gautby Heritage Society researched and wrote a great book called Glimpses and Gleanings from Minting and Gautby; which I highly recommend. By the way, love your website. Especially interesting for someone new to the area.

    Thanks, Vicki

  4. Caroline McGill said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    My husband and I moved into the lovely village of Minting in February 2012. Marcus is a ‘yellow belly’ (Lincolnshire born and bred) and I’ve lived in Lincolnshire since I came of age (21). Like Vicki, we have bought the book ‘Glimpses and Gleanings from Minting and Gautby’ which is an interesting read.

    We have thoroughly enjoyed your article on Minting and, if you ever return to the area, please call at our house. Marcus (currently acting Church Warden) has a key to St Andrew’s and would be delighted to show you around!

    St Andrew’s has some really interesting relics and is a Thankful Village - it didn’t lose any of its First World War soldiers - Roy and Karen who live on Silver Street in Minting have carried out extensive research and this is available in the church. Anyway, if Marcus isn’t around, then simply pop over to The Sebastopol Inn (opposite St Andrew’s) as David, the landlord, also has a key.

    Thank you for sharing your research!

    Caroline

  5. Rod said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    Caroline,
    thanks for the comment and the very kind offer, really appreciated and a warm welcome to the site
    Kind regards,
    Rod

  6. Pete Minting said,

    October 8, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Interested to hear the village has been around for so long. Someone told me it was only there since 17th c but that was clearly rubbish. What happened to my country estate? Did those monks just squander it all? Two new Minting boys born in 2004 and 2013, so at least the name might not go extinct after all!

  7. Rod said,

    October 8, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Hi Pete,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  8. Keith Howden said,

    April 26, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Rod - great website, my great great grandfather ran the Grocers/post office either at Minting or Gautby (still doing some research)
    Vicki mentioned the Minting and Gautby Heritage Society, I would be interested in making contact with them and also obtaining a copy of Glimpses and Gleanings from Minting and Gautby.
    Best
    Keith

  9. Rod said,

    April 26, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    Hi Keith,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  10. Amiguru said,

    April 26, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    Keith,

    You may find this interesting:

    h**p://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-805-1/dissemination/pdf/allenarc1-99011_1.pdf

    Just change the ‘**’ to ‘tt’ and paste that link into the address bar of your browser, then when it loads download the pdf to read at leisure.

    Regards,
    Neville

  11. Keith Howden said,

    May 3, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

    Hi Neville - many thanks for taking the trouble to post your findings on Minting.I found it a a very interesting and comprehensive study.
    Kind Regards
    Keith

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