Monument record MLI86464 - Settlement of Wellingore


The settlement of Wellingore is recorded in late eleventh century documents, and survives to the present.

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  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD? to 2050 AD)

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63253 The settlement of Wellingore is first mentioned in the Registrum Antiquissimum (1070-1087), which is the Cartulary of the Catherdral Church of St Mary in Lincoln. One of the entries states that the church (see 63254) belonging to the manor owned by King William I at Wellingore was given to the bishopric of Lincoln (which had been transferred from Dorchester). Wellingore is also mentioned in the Domesday Book, where the King's manor is recorded with two teams in demesne, and a further seven teams. There was also a berewic of the manor at Navenby (owned by Durand Malet). The total minimum population at that time was 45. A church and priest are also mentioned in the Domesday Book. {1}{2} The name is derived from Old English, the second element meaning 'a promontory, a flat-topped ridge', descriptive of the rounded promontory jutting out from the cliff escarpment on which it stands. {3} By the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century there were about 80 families recorded in Wellingore. The population in 1801 was 559, which peaked in 1861 at 943, and fell to 592 in 1901. {4}{5} Enclosure was 11/6/1764. {6} It is suggested that the settlement of Skinnand (Navenby parish) may have been a secondary settlement of Wellingore (rather than Navenby), possibly of Scandinavian origin (see 60773). {7} During the late 19th-early 20th century there were a number of businesses based in the village including a chemist, four grocers, two boot repairers, a tailor, a blacksmith, a sadler, an ironmonger, two butchers, two carpenters, a wheelwright, a miller, a baker, two sweet shops and a cycle shop. None of these have survived to the present day, although most of the buildings are still present, converted into houses. {10}

Sources/Archives (10)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Foster, C.W.. 1931. Registrum Antiquissimum I. pp.2,3,5,6,91,198,205.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 1/6, 44/17.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 136.
  •  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 138.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 361.
  •  Map: Wellingore Enclosure Award map. -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gillian Fellows Jensen. 1978. Scandinavian Settlement Remains in the East Midlands. pp.312-313.
  •  Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. FP38-39.
  •  Aerial Photograph: COLE, C.. 1993-2002. InnerVisions Business Presentations. 279/0699/9.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Cole, Roger. 2007. Wellingore Past and Present. -.



Grid reference Centred SK 9828 5662 (791m by 411m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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