Monument record MLI82862 - Settlement of Walcott


The settlement of Walcott probably has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period, and survives to the present.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

62321 Walcott settlement is first documented in the Domesday Book, and so probably has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period. The Archbishop of York held sokeland there, belonging to a manor in Billinghay. Walter de Aincurt also held sokeland in Walcott. The minumum population at that time was 25. {1} The name Walcott means 'the cottage, hut, shelter of the Welshmen' from Old English. It indicates that there were isolated groups of Welshmen identifiable as such in Anglo-Saxon England. {2} There were 40 households in 1563. {3} In 1801 the population in Walcott was 361 which rose to 496 in 1901. Walcott was part of the parish of Billinghay until the twentieth century. {4} A watching brief at the West End was carried out at TF 1284 5634. Two ditches, a pebble surface, a pit and a post hole were identified. The two ditches probably represent the establishment and subsequent recutting of a field or property boundary. There was no dating evidence to indicate when the ditches were first established though one of them was being initially infilled in the late eighteenth to nineteenth century. The pebble surface is of uncertain function, but could be a dump perhaps to improve passage at a field entrance or part of a trackway. The pit and posthole were probably of recent origin. {5}{6}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 2/41; 31/12.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 134.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. page 189.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 363.
  •  Report: Archaeological Project Services. 1998. Land at West End, Walcott. WEW98.
  •  Archive: Archaeological Project Services. 1998. Land at West End, Walcott. LCNCC 267.98.
  •  Index: North Kesteven Records. Walcott near Billinghay. NK70.13.



Grid reference Centred TF 1290 5657 (565m by 866m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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