Caythorpe, Lincolnshire

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Not to be confused with Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire
St.Vincent's church, Caythorpe, Lincs. - - 90674.jpg
St Vincent's Church, Caythorpe
Grid reference: SK939479
Location: 53°1’16"N, 0°35’58"W
Population: 1,374  (2011)
Post town: Grantham
Postcode: NG32
Dialling code: 01400
Local Government
Council: South Kesteven
Sleaford and
North Hykeham

Caythorpe is a large village in Kesteven, the south-western part of Lincolnshire. The population at the 2011 census was recorded as 1,374.

The village is to be found on the A607 road, some three miles south of Leadenham and eight miles north of Grantham. Caythorpe Heath stretches east of the village to Ermine Street and Byards Leap.

Parish church

The parish church is St Vincent's, dedicated to Vincent of Saragossa.[1] It is Grade I listed.

The church has a wide double nave divided by Geometric (early Decorated Gothic) piers. The central tower supports a crocketed spire rising to 156 feet.[2]

Within the church are monuments to the Hussey family, dated 1698 and 1725,[2] and over the tower arch are remains of paintings of the Last Judgment,[3] The churchyard cross, restored in 1906, is a scheduled ancient monument.[4]

About the village

The manor house of the village is Caythorpe Hall, a Grade II* listed building[5] standing on the northern edge of the village. It was built between 1824 and 1827 in the classical style. The park wall is all that remains of the earlier house, the seat of the Hussey family.[6]

The village has two pubs: the Red Lion and the Waggon and Horses.

There was once a Caythorpe railway station on the line between Grantham and Lincoln.

Mensa International has had its registered office in the village since 2008.[7]

The Red Lion
The Waggon & Horses

Agricultural college

Main article: Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court, to the east of the village, was built as a hunting lodge, used in the Second World War as an auxiliary hospital and from 1946 it was Kesteven Agricultural College – the only college of its type in south-west Lincolnshire, recognised nationally for its excellence in agricultural engineering. In 1980 it became part of Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and in 1994 was taken over by De Montfort University.[8] When Riseholme Agricultural College, also part of De Montfort, was adopted by the new University of Lincoln in 2001, Caythorpe was subsumed into Lincoln as the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture. The school closed in September 2002, after which the building became a PGL activity centre.[9]


Outside links

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  1. National Heritage List 1317320: Church of St Vincent, Caythorpe
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 97; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  3. Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 357
  4. National Heritage List 1009225: Churchyard cross, St Vincent's churchyard
  5. National Heritage List 1165323: Caythorpe Hall
  6. "Caythorpe". Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  7. Mensa International
  8. "Caythorpe Court, Grantham, England". Parks and Gardens UK. 27 July 2007.,com_parksandgardens/task,site/id,740/tab,history/Itemid,/. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  9. "£2m plan to turn old college into rifle range". Lincolnshire Echo. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2011.