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High Road, Londonthorpe
Grid reference: SK953379
Location: 52°55’12"N, 0°34’48"W
Post town: Grantham
Postcode: NG31
Local Government
Council: South Kesteven
Grantham and Stamford

Londonthorpe is a satellite village and ancient parish to the east of Grantham, in the Kesteven part of Lincolnshire. It lies three miles north-east of Grantham, a mile west of the B6403 (Ermine Street Roman road), and borders Belton Park to the west. It forms part of the civil parish of Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without.

According to A Dictionary of British Place Names 'Londonthorpe' derives from the Old Scandinavian lundr+thorp, meaning an "outlying farmstead or hamlet by a grove."[1] In the Domesday account the village is written as "Lundertorp."[2][3]

The parish is centred on Grade-II-listed Harrowby Hall,[4][5] Londonthorpe previously being an estate village of Harrowby Estate. The village listed buildings include The Grange farm house,[6] the Manor House,[7] and various other houses and cottages.[8] Listed buildings within the larger Londonthorpe and Harrowby parish include the Officer's Mess of the Second World War RAF Spitalgate, and buildings and structures within Belton Park.[8]

The Grade-II*-listed parish church is dedicated to St John Baptist, the tower of which dates to the early 13th century and parts of the rood screen to the 15th. The church was rebuilt with a new roof in 1850, with considerable further restoration taking place in 1879.[9][10][11][12] The churchyard contains the war graves of 32 Commonwealth armed service personnel of the First World War, at which time an army training camp existed at Belton Park to the west.[13]

Earthworks of unknown origin lie to the west of the church[14]

Londonthorpe Wood, created in 1993 by the Woodland Trust, and Alma Park Wood are within the parish, a mile to the west.[15][16] The parish also includes Prince William of Gloucester Barracks (previously RAF Spitalgate) and parts of eastern Grantham, particularly Alma Park Industrial Estate.[17]

During the 1930s the parish was a centre for the Land Settlement Association scheme, a social experiment where unemployed Durham and South Wales miners were offered specially built cottages with smallholdings of land and livestock, to encourage self-sufficiency.[4][18]


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  1. Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), pp. 305. ISBN 019960908X
  2. Marrat, W. (2010) The History of Lincolnshire, Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive pp. 269-272 BiblioBazaar ISBN 1-143-37575-0
  3. Londonthorpe, Genuki. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 "History of the Parish", Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Parish Council, Lincolnshire Council. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  5. Historic England. "Harrowby Hall (505928)". PastScape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=505928. Retrieved 17 January 2015 
  6. The Grange, Londonthorpe, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  7. Manor House, Londonthorpe, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 British Listed Buildings: Londonthorpe. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  9. Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire. Methuen & Co. Ltd., p. 218
  10. The Parish of St John the Baptist Londonthorpe, stjohnlondonthorpe.org.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  11. Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (325554)". PastScape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=325554. Retrieved 17 January 2015 
  12. National Heritage List England no. 1253207: Church of St John the Baptist, Church Lane (Grade II*) (Historic England)
  13. Londonthorpe (St John the Baptist) Churchyard, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 17 January 2015
  14. "Earthworks, west of Londonthorpe Church, Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without", Lincs to the past, Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  15. Londonthorpe Wood, The Woodland Trust. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  16. Alma Park Wood, The Woodland Trust. Retrieved 17 January 2015
  17. Alma Park Industrial Estate, streetmap.co.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  18. "Land Settlement Association", University of Reading. Retrieved 18 August 2011