Monument record MLI87593 - Settlement of Tetney


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

Type and Period (3)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Tetney is recorded as 'Tatenaya' in the Domesday Book, from the Old English name 'Taete's island of land'. Domesday records that in 1086 the land at Tetney was owned by Ivo Taillebois. It had two manors originally held by Turgisle and Suen, one mill and a population of at least of 44 households. By 1115 the manor was in the hands of Ranulf Meschin the 3rd Earl of Chester. {1}{2} The market at Tetney was granted by King Edward I to Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln on 4th January 1282. The market was to be held on Tuesdays at the manor. {3}{4} In 1563 the population is recorded as 90 households. {5} By the early 18th century the population was recorded as 90 families, with 10 of those being Anabaptists and Presbyterians. {6} In 1801 the population was 440, rising to 923 by 1871 and falling again to 636 by 1901. {7} Thomas Allen records in 1834 that at Tetney there was a large square stone edifice, called the Tower, which was taken down about the year 1790. He suggested it might have been a cell to the neighbouring monastery of Humberston, but this is almost certainly incorrect although Humberstone did hold land in Tetney. {8} Tetney village also had a reading room established in 1854; a temperance hall built in 1851 and a Wesleyan school built in 1856. {9} The village appears to have had two centres of growth, located around TA 3103 0174 and TA 3169 0094. {10} Traces of the former shrunken medieval village of Tetney have been identified in several places around the modern village, on aerial photographs examined as part of the National Mapping Programme. The remains included earthworks of former tofts and enclosure boundaries (PRN 45967a - TA 3106 0178, and PRN 45967b - TA 3158 0080). {11} The remains of a likely early post-medieval structure have been noted beneath the former village stores on Willmer Corner (PRN 45967c - TA 3154 0095). 'The shop keepers tell me that below the floors and adjoining land of this shop are the considerable brick foundations of a former building on the site.' {12}

Sources/Archives (12)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 14/1 and L9/3, pp.79, 248.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.124.
  •  Website: Letters, Samantha (Dr). 2003. Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516: Counties and Wales.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Graham Platts. 1985. Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire.
  •  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.126.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.367.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Allen, Thomas. 1834. The history of the county of Lincoln, from the earliest period to the present time. p.247.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Second Edition. p.568.
  •  Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1825. 1 Inch Map - First Edition. 1:63360. TA 30 SW.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TA 3101: LI.347.1.13-4.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Allan Barton. 1996. A Forgotten Heritage. p.24.



Grid reference Centred TA 3146 0136 (1192m by 1326m) (3 map features)

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Record last edited

Jun 10 2021 2:18PM


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