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Revesby, Lincolnshire

Historical Description

Revesby, a village and a parish in Lincolnshire. The village stands 6 miles S by E of Horncastle station on the Lincoln and Boston branch of the G.N.R., and has a post and money order office under Boston; telegraph office, Mareham-le-Fen. The parish contains also the hamlets of Medlam and Moorhouses. Acreage, 4462; population of the civil parish, 516; of the ecclesiastical, 473. The manor, with Revesby Abbey, a fine mansion of stone in the Elizabethan style standing in a deer-park of 330 acres, belongs to the Stanhope family. A Cistercian abbey was founded here in 1142 by William de Romara, was given at the dissolution to the Duke of Suffolk, and passed to the Bankses and the Stanhopes. The abbot's house was the seat of Sir Joseph Banks. There is an ancient camp, engirt with a wide fosse, and measuring 300 feet by 100, and at each end of it is a tumulus 100 feet in diameter. The navigation goes from the parish to Boston. The living is a vicarage, with Moor-house attached, in the diocese of Lincoln; net value, £252. The church was rebuilt in 1891, and is a fine building of stone in the Flamboyant style, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, vestry, S porch, and a western tower. There is a chapel of ease at Moorhouses. There are almshouses with £50 a year. The school was built in 1858 at a cost of about £1000, and is in the Tudor style.

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 CountyLincolnshire 
Ecclesiastical parishRevesby St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionHorncastle 

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Tumby Wood
DistrictEast Lindsey
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtPE22
Post TownBoston