Belton, Lindsey

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Not to be confused with Belton, Kesteven
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All Saints' Church, Belton
Grid reference: SE784069
Location: 53°33’11"N, 0°48’60"W
Population: 2,968  (2011)
Post town: Doncaster
Postcode: DN9
Dialling code: 01427
Local Government
Council: North Lincolnshire
Brigg and Goole

Belton is a village and parish in Lindsey, Lincolnshire. It is situated on the A161 road, approximately six miles east from Scunthorpe. To the north of Belton is the town of Crowle; to the south, the village of Epworth.[1]

Belton civil parish boundaries include the hamlets of Beltoft, Sandtoft, Churchtown, Bracon, Carrhouse, Mosswood, Grey Green and Westgate. Within the parish is the now dispersed country house estate of Temple Belwood. Hirst Priory at Sandtoft still stands.

According to the 1991 Census, Belton had a population of 2,549, increasing to 2,968 at the 2011 census.[2]


Belton Grade I-listed[3] Anglican church is dedicated to All Saints.[4] The church is of perpendicular style. Within its chancel chapel is a 14th-century tomb, supposed to be that of Sir Richard de Belwood.[5]


Sandtoft was granted to the abbey of St Mary's York, c. 1150, by Roger de Mowbray, for the use of a single monk. By 1241, it had become a separate monastic cell, later annexed by the larger cell of St Mary Magdalene, Lincoln.[5]

RAF Sandtoft, a former RAF Bomber Command airfield, closed in 1955 and has since been converted to other use, including for Sandtoft Airfield which is home to Sandtoft Flying School. The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, the largest trolleybus museum in Europe, is located on part of the site of the former air base.

Hirst and Temple Belwood

Grade II listed Hirst Priory[6] is on or near the site of a monastic cell at Hirst. In the early 12th century the lands for the cell were granted by Nigel d'Albini to the Austin canons of Nostell Priory. The cell, which was extant until the 16th century, housed a single canon to oversee the priory's property and tithes.[5] The house was built in the 18th century, with later additions in the 19th.[6]

Temple Bellwood was a large house in 200 acres of parkland north of Belton. The land once belonged to the Knights Templar of Balsall, Warwickshire.[5]


Belton has a small primary school that has been in existence since 1869, and two public houses.


  1. OS Explorer Map 280: Isle of Axholme, Scunthorpe and Gainsborough: (1:25 000)  : ISBN 0 319 46432 6
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 
  3. National Heritage List 1083293: Church of All Saints
  4. "Belton", Retrieved 28 June 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 59; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  6. 6.0 6.1 National Heritage List 1083287: Hirst Priory

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