Edenham, Lincolnshire

Historical description

Edenham, a village and a parish in Lincolnshire, on the river Glen, at the terminus of a branch railway from the Great Northern, on which there is a station, and 2½ miles NW from Bourn station on the G.N.R. The parish includes the hamlets of Grimsthorpe, Ellsthorpe, and Scottlethorpe, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bourn. Acreage, 7030; population, 528. Grimsthorpe Castle is the seat of the Earl of Ancaster, and is a large and very handsome edifice in a park of about 6 miles in circuit. It contains among many other treasures a large number of family portraits, and portraits of the kings and queens of England, which have been presented by the reigning sovereigns to the family, and a collection of gold plate of great historical interest. The park has many ancient trees and some large herds of deer. A Cistercian abbey formerly stood in the park about a mile from the mansion, was founded about the year 1451 by William, Earl of Albemarle, bore the name of Vallis Dei, vulgarly corrupted into Vaudrey, and is now represented by only three or four large sculptured stones. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln; gross yearly value, £52 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Ancaster. The church is a building of stone in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower. It contains an ancient font, and numerous monuments to various members of the Wil-loughby de Eresby family.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Lincolnshire
Ecclesiastical parish Edenham St. Michael
Poor Law union Bourne
Wapentake Beltisloe

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Villages, Hamlets, &c


DistrictSouth Kesteven
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtPE10
Post TownBourne