Monument record MLI60774 - Settlement of Boothby Graffoe


The settlement of Boothby Graffoe is first documented in the Domesday Book, and survives to the present.

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60774 The settlement of Boothby Graffoe is first documented in the Domesday Book, when it was known as Boby or Bodebi. The name is derived from the Old Danish for 'the farmstead, village of the booths', and presumably gave its name to the wapentake. Later the wapentakes of Boothby and Graffoe were merged, and it is also presumed that the wapentake met at Boothby Graffoe (see 63136). {1}{2} It is suggested that the church at Boothby Graffoe was a senior pre-Conquest church, because of the place-name evidence. {12} Two manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book, the larger of the two belonging to the King. The other, belonging to Alfred of Lincoln was returned with the assessment for Somerton (see 63124). The minimum population at that time was about 43. A church, priest and a mill are also mentioned (see 63122 and 63123). {1} Medieval green glazed ware and coarse shelly ware was recovered from west of Main Street, opposite Blacksmiths Lane. {4}{5}{6} In 1303 St Catherine's Priory, Lincoln, owned a twelfth of a knight's fee in Boothby. {9} 23 households were recorded in the Dioscesan Returns in 1563. {7} Around 22 families were documented in the late seveteenth and early eighteenth century. {8} The population was 174 in 1801, which peaked in 1861 at 218, and fell to 166 in 1901. {9} Enclosure took place in 1771-74, by Act of Parliament in 1771. {10}{11}

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  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. xi,lvi,lxxvi,1/5,27/59.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 17.
  •  Aerial Photograph: COLE, C.. 1993-2002. InnerVisions Business Presentations. 202/0997/23A,1997.
  •  Artefact: 1972. CITY AND COUNTY MUSEUM COLLECTION 1972. LM 45.72.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. Appendix 1.
  •  Correspondence: City and County Museum. 1972. Correspondence about medieval pottery. -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: R.E.G. Cole. 1913. Speculum Dioeceseos Lincolniensis sub Episcopis Gul: Wake et Edm: Gibson A.D.1705-1723. Part 1: Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow. page 18.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. pages 190, 361.
  •  Article in Serial: 1990. Lincolnshire Past and Present. No 2, page 31.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Second Edition. page 334.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Paul Everson and David Stocker. 1999. Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture. Lincolnshire. page 74.



Grid reference Centred SK 9844 5910 (596m by 681m)

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Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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