Monument record MLI89036 - Settlement of Keddington


The settlement of Keddington is first documented in the Domesday Book and survives to the present day, although it is now considerably reduced in size.

Type and Period (7)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1150 AD? to 1250 AD?)
  • ? (Medieval - 1150 AD? to 1250 AD?)
  • (Medieval - 1150 AD? to 1250 AD?)
  • ? (Medieval - 1150 AD? to 1250 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The settlement of Keddington is first documented in the Domesday Book, where it is called Cadinton. It was divided between two lords - the Bishop of Durham and Rainer de Brimou - and was the subject of a dispute. It had a minimum population of 12 villeins, 22 sokemen, a priest and Turstin, the Bishop's man. It also had 5 1/2 mills and a church. It is also mentioned in the Lindsey Survey of 1115-1118. {1} The name Keddington is derived from an Old english personal name and the Old English 'tun' meaning farmstead or village. {2} The Lay Subsidy of 1334 records the wealth of the parish as 15s 2d, considerably below average for its wapentake (it is the third poorest parish in its wapentake). {3} The Poll Tax returns of 1377 record the number of taxpayers as 78. {4} The Diocesan Returns of 1563 records 44 households in Keddington with a further 7 in the subsidiary hamlet of Louth Park. {5} By the late 17th-early 18th century there were 27 familes residing in the parish, rising to 30. {6} In 1801 the parish's population is recorded as 150, rising to 179 in 1821 before falling to 111 by 1901. {7} Extensive earthworks of former settlement, including the remains of former tofts and ridge and furrow, surround the current small settlement. The village is much reduced in size from its former extent. {8} A trial trench evaluation was carried out in April 2009, on land immediately to the north of the churchyard of St Margaret's church. The single trench recorded a ditch, which was post-dated by a small pit or posthole, while a large feature, possibly a pit, was partially exposed on one side of the trench. Pottery from the stratified deposits indicated a possible date range of mid 12th to the late 13th century. Samples indicated domestic and/or agricultural activity, with abundant charcoal and varying quantities of cereal grains, pulses and weed seeds. A sample from the large pit contained evidence of wetland plants, and was rich in burnt material considered most likely to have originated from a domestic hearth or oven. Despite the proximity to St Margaret's church, the remains would appear most likely to relate medieval settlement. A single fragment of late Saxon pottery occurred residually in one of the features. {9}{10}

Sources/Archives (10)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 3/27; 40/17; 69/9; L18/6, 13.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.71.
  •  Article in Serial: R.E. Glasscock. 1964. 'The Lay Subsidy of 1334 for Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire Architectural and Archaeological Society Reports and Papers. vol.10.2, p.130.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Graham Platts. 1985. Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire. p.306.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. p.196.
  •  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.71.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.372.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TF 38 NW: LI 205.1-2.
  •  Report: Allen Archaeological Associates. 2009. Trial Trenching at St Margarets Church, Keddington, Lincolnshire. KESM09.
  •  Archive: Allen Archaeological Associates. Apr 2009. Trial Trenching at St Margarets Church, Keddington, Lincolnshire. LCNCC 2009.3.



Grid reference Centred TF 3456 8875 (697m by 738m) Estimated from sources

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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