Coningsby (St. Michael)

CONINGSBY (St. Michael), a parish, in the union and soke of Horncastle, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 8 miles (S.) from Horncastle; containing 1959 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the rivers Bain and Witham, and on the road from Sleaford to Horncastle, comprises by computation 3400 acres; the surface is flat, and the soil chiefly sand and gravel. An act for more effectually draining the lands was obtained in 1840. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £39. 10. 2½., and in the gift of Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bart.: the tithes were commuted at the inclosure in 1802, for 600 acres of land, valued at £644 per annum. The church is a handsome structure, in the early English style. There are places of worship for General Baptists, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists. The poet Dyer, who was for six years resident in this parish, of which he was rector, was buried in the churchyard.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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