Claypole (St. Peter)
CLAYPOLE (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Newark, wapentake of Loveden, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 5 miles (S. E.) from Newark; containing 663 inhabitants. It is intersected by the river Witham. A small portion of the population is employed in weaving yarn. Oliver Cromwell is supposed to have slept at this place on the night previous to the siege of Newark, in an ancient house near the river, which still remains. The living is a rectory in medieties, the north mediety valued in the king's books at £16. 8. 4., and the south at £15. 15.; net income of the north, £389, and of the south, £348; patron, J. P. Plumptre, Esq. The tithes were commuted for land in 1769. The church is an ancient structure, in the early and decorated English styles, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a beautiful spire. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.