Monument record MLI83846 - Settlement of Beckingham


The settlement of Beckingham appears to have been returned with the assessment for Holme Spinney in the Domesday Book, and therefore probably has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period. It survives to the present.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

The assessment of Holme Spinney in the Domesday Book includes its surrounding hamlets, including Beckingham, and probably Sutton. The assessment includes 24 carucates of land, and a minimum population of 59. Two churches and two priests are also mentioned, one of which was probably located in Beckingham. Beckingham is first mentioned separately in the Book of Fees in c.1145. The name means 'the homestead, the estate of the Beccingas', 'Beccingas' being 'the family, the followers of Becca'. {1}{2} By the 13th century the church at Beckingham had several dependant chapels, suggesting some status to the church and settlement. The fabric of the church supports this. {3} There is a large ridge and furrow field system to the north-east and south-west of the settlement. {4}{5}{6} By 1563 there were 36 households in Beckingham. {7} The population in 1801 was 357, peaking at 462 later in the century, and falling to 272 by 1901. {8} 11th to 14th century pottery has been found on School Lane, wares including Shelly and Nottingham. {9} Ridge and furrow to the north-east of the village can be seen on Google Maps satellite imagery dating from 2011. {10}

Sources/Archives (10)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. li, 24/78.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.12.
  •  Article in Serial: Dorothy M. Owen. 1975. 'Medieval Chapels in Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol. 10, p.16.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. SK8854: LI.717.10.1.
  •  Aerial Photograph: COLE, C.. 1993-2002. InnerVisions Business Presentations. 253/0898/21a; 30/8/98.
  •  Aerial Photograph: HARTLEY, R.F.R.. 1980-92. LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. FXH14156-5.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. p.190.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. -.
  •  Index: North Kesteven Records. Beckingham. NK8.4.
  •  Website: Google. 2006->. Google Maps and Street View. Accessed 17/06/2011.



Grid reference Centred SK 8775 5382 (1741m by 1790m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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