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Winteringham Haven in Lincolnshire ~ A Visit & History

Winteringham Haven ~ A Walk and a Little History
Just returned from a delightful day once again wandering in Lincolnshire . . .

Today saw me back at the North of Lincolnshire, just about as far North as it’s possible to go in Lincolnshire in fact. It’s a return trip and we’ve covered Winteringham Church and Village Before, I’ve also written up the Winteringham HAA World War II site so today saw me at Winteringham Haven right by the edge of the River Humber - it’s a hugely historic area.

There’s a Yacht Club there today, the Humber Yawl Club, but it’s been playing a similar role for at least 2 millennia !

In the early part of the first century the River Humber represented the effective northern most frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain. Ermine Street ran straight up to the Humber and there is evidence of Roman Settlement in and around the Winteringham area since AD43!

Around AD70 the Romans began to push northwards and it was around here that their main base for crossing the Humber was situated.
Old Winteringham, now a scheduled site situated to the east of Winteringham Haven, must have been an incredibly busy and important place at times and walking along the Public Footpaths today that run along the Humber Bank you can just feel that very little has actually changed in terms of the natural scenery.

It’s a lovely place to go for a walk, fresh air guaranteed and plenty of it. A blustery day complete with sunshine and wonderful Lincolnshire Vistas.
It once again reminded me just how lucky so many of us are and also what simple pleasures there are out there just waiting to be readily enjoyed by anybody who has the desire and ability to grab them.

If you’ve been to Winteringham Haven or know anything about it then please do feel free to leave a comment
Yours, a windswept


  1. Shirl said,

    October 1, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Yes it blows the cobwebs off on the humber bank. Did you go to the posh restaurant for a meal? They get a few famous folk there. Happy Lincolnshire Day.

  2. Amiguru said,

    October 4, 2013 @ 8:28 pm


    I have a theory :idea: that, if correct, would clinch the name of the river on early maps as discussed on the thread ‘The River Humber, Early Names and Etymology’.

    it is well known that the name of the Roman site next to Winteringham, at the end of the Ermine Street was called ‘Ad Abum‘.
    Now, the Latin ‘Ad means ‘to’ in English and the Accusative Case (i.e. belonging to), of ‘Abus in Latin would be ‘Abum’.
    Ergo, ‘Ad Abum‘ surely means in English, ‘To the Abus!‘.

    In my mind that is evidence enough that the Humber was known in Roman times as the Abus.

    Happy Chappy

  3. JezB said,

    October 6, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    I’m one of the posties who cover Winteringham and have to admit I do enjoy a day walking around the village, its far better than Westcliffe or Riddings in Scunthorpe and the air is much more invigorating. The village does have a feeling of community and they have a very informative website detailing the history of the village through the ages with lots of old photos and interesting articles (Lewis Carroll once visited, preached at the church and took some photographs, of which two exist today). It is a beautiful location with some marvelous vistas across the River, i’m sure Rod would agree that the finest way to admire Yorkshire is whilst breathing the air of Lincolnshire!

  4. Rod said,

    October 6, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    now that’s a job! Getting paid to walk around there. Great info about Lewis Carroll, I never knew that.

    i’m sure Rod would agree that the finest way to admire Yorkshire is whilst breathing the air of Lincolnshire!
    When you’re right, you’re right Jez :)

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