Monument record MLI82371 - The settlement of Sedgebrook


The settlement of Sedgebrook is first documented in the Domesday Book, and survives to the present day

Type and Period (7)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

PRN 35463 - this record now incorporates the former PRNs 35256, 30095, 30088, 30087and 35254, which have now been removed from the SMR. The settlement of Sedgebrook is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, as land held by Robert Malet in the wapentake of Winnibriggs, but the settlement probably dates from the late Anglo-Saxon period. There was a manor, and Godwin had four carucates of land assessed to the geld. There was land for nine teams, with Robert holding four teams in demesne, and 27 bordars and five villeins holding six teams. Three mills rendered 16 shillings per year, and there were 60 acres of meadow and eight acres of underwood.{1} The place-name Sedgebrook ('Sechebroc' in Domesday) means 'the brook where sedge grows', deriving from the Old English 'secg' and 'broc'.{2}{3} Physical evidence for the medieval settlement is mainly in the form of ridge and furrow surrounding the settlement. {8}{9}{10}{11} An area of ridge and furrow has been noted on aerial photographs, centred on SK8554 3750, with an unclassified rectangular area in the centre; several medieval potsherds have been found in this field, in conjunction with Romano-British material (see 30089) and a pipe stem, at circa SK853 375. The field was walked in 1992; no finds were recovered, but fieldwalking conditions were not ideal.{12}{13}{14} A collection of probable crofts has been noted to the west of the church, centred on SK8550 3810, and visible as soilmarks on aerial photographs.{9} An undated stone wall, located after parch marks in the grass at circa SK8569 3828 were investigated, may relate to the nearby medieval moated site (see 30093), and is thought to represent a medieval building. A number of mounds have been observed in the same field, and the wall(s) may continue beneath the railway line.{14} An undated stone-lined drain of substantial construction was found at circa SK8564 3792 during a watching brief in 1991.{12} In 1563, 36 families lived in Sedgebrook, and the 1676 census recorded 91 people over the age of 16.{4} By the early 18th century, the population had increased to 60 families, but this also included East Allington.{5} In 1801, the population stood at 207 people, increasing to 279 by 1856, and decreasing to 194 by 1901.{6}{7} The County Series map of Sedgebrook in 1904 shows a smithy at the corner of Village Street and Bowman's Way at SK8555 3795. A building still exists in this location.{15}

Sources/Archives (15)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. p. lxxxiv; 58/6.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 109.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Ekwall, E.. 1960. Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names - Fourth Edition. p. 410.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Taggart, Reverend Hugh Selwyn. 1928. The history of Sedgebrook and its parish church of S Lawrence. Sedgebrook. p.13.
  •  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. p.105.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.364.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Second Edition. p.392.
  •  Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. AWW 89, 1969.
  •  Aerial Photograph: J.K.S. St Joseph. 1945-79. Cambridge University Collection. NR 2, 3 & 7, 1954.
  •  Aerial Photograph: Hunting Surveys Ltd. 1971-2. Hunting Surveys Aerial Photography. HSL UK71 85 Run 85 1244-45.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. SK83NE LI.721.19.1-10 LI.721.20.1.
  •  Index: South Kesteven records. Sedgebrook. SK66.08; SK66.09; SK66.14.
  •  Aerial Photograph: PICKERING, J.. 1962-86. RCHME. AY 61 JP; SFG 34-16.
  •  Index: SMR FILE. SEDGEBROOK. SK83NE: AX, 1977; AG, 1975.
  •  Map: Ordnance Survey. 1904. Ordnance Survey County Series twenty-five inch map 1904. paper. 1:2500. 113.10.



Grid reference Centred SK 8516 3803 (2162m by 2278m) Approximate

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (4)

External Links (0)

Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.