Corby Glen

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Corby Glen
Corby Glen
Grid reference: SK999249
Location: 52°48’45"N, 0°31’5"W
Population: 1,017  (2011)
Post town: Grantham
Postcode: NG33
Dialling code: 01476
Local Government
Council: South Kesteven
Grantham and Stamford

Corby Glen is a village in Kesteven in Lincolnshire. It stands approximately nine miles southeast of Grantham.


The parish church dedicated to St John the Evangelist dates in part from the 12th century[1] and has a notable collection of 14th- and 15th-century murals.

  • Church of England: St John The Evangelist
  • Methodist Church: Corby Glen Methodist Church

Until 2012 there was a Roman Catholic church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was once the chapel of Imham Hall, dismantled when the house was bought by a Protestant family in the mid-19th century. A thousand wagonloads of material were carried between the two sites, and the new church opened in 1856.. Though closed, the church and attached presbytery are Grade II Listed buildings.[2][3]

The village's first Methodist chapel was built in 1846, and replaced in 1902 by the present building which is still in use. The original chapel is now a private house.[4]


To the north of the parish church is a substantial castle mound or motte. The historian David Roffe refers to it as "an early defended manor house".[5]

In 1238 King Henry III chartered a weekly market and an annual sheep fair. The sheep fair is still held and is claimed to be the longest-established such event in Britain.[6]

The Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery is housed in a 17th-century building that was originally Reads Grammar School. The school was founded in 1669 by the bequest of Charles Read (1604–1669), who was born at Darlton in Nottinghamshire and became a wealthy shipper in Hull. Read also founded Read School at Drax in Yorkshire and a grammar school at Tuxford in Notts. Reads Grammar School in Corby closed in 1909.[7] The building was restored and reopened for its current uses in 1965 by the Willoughby Memorial Trust which was founded by Lord Ancaster in memory of his son Timothy, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, who died in 1963.[8] The gallery holds a series of exhibitions from Easter to November and an annual Open Art Competition.[9]

In 1852 the Great Northern Railway opened the East Coast Main Line near Corby Glen. In 1853 the GNR opened Corby Glen railway station on the main line about a mile from the village. Corby Glen was served by local trains between Peterborough and Grantham. On 3 July 1938 the London and North Eastern Railway locomotive Mallard passed at high speed through Corby Glen shortly before achieving its world speed record for a steam locomotive seven miles further south near Carlby.[10] British Railways closed Corby Glen station in 1959 and its yard is now occupied by a sawmill.[11]


Corby Glen is mainly to the north of the A151, a former toll road, and to the east of the West Glen River, near where the Glen flows through a small graben in the Jurassic limestone.

Until the 1950s the name of the village was simply 'Corby', but in the nearby county, Northamptonshire another Corby had been greatly enlarged by the addition of a steel works and housing to match. Some confusion arose between the two Corbys, so British Railways consulted the villagers to choose an additional name to distinguish the two. The villagers chose "Glen" in reference to the western branch of the River Glen which flows through the village.


Village sign

The ecclesiastical parish of Corby Glen is part of the Corby Glen Group of the Deanery of Beltisloe.[12][13]

The village has two active public houses, the Fighting Cocks (in the market place) and the Woodhouse Arms (at the crossroads).[13][14][15] There is a small Co-op supermarket and an independent shop in a wooden hut next to the Fighting Cocks pub car park, and The Pantry, also in the market square.[16] Other businesses include a Garage, the Sawmill, and the Hey Wine company.[13] The former doctor's surgery in the market place is now a Tea Rooms and Grocery. The Post office branch is maintained in the Church Rooms.

Community meeting rooms are available at the Church Rooms in Church Street, the Methodist Church, and the Ron Dawson Memorial Hall.[13] The Ron Dawson Hall is part of the Sports complex in Swinstead Road.[17] There is an active Bowls club with a crown green behind the Willoughby arts gallery.[13][18]

There is a small lending library at the Art gallery, and a monthly visit by the mobile library.[19]

The Sheep Fair

The Sheep Fair is still the biggest social event of the year.[20]

The traditional auction of sheep is held on the Monday.[21][22]


Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Corby Glen)


  1. "St John the Evangelist’s Church, Corby Glen"
  2. National Heritage List England no. 1062853: Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  3. National Heritage List England no. 1166023: Presbytery House at Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  4. Steel, David I. A. (1979). A Lincolnshire Village. Longman, for the Willoughby Memorial Trust. p. 191. ISBN 0-582-50285-3. 
  5. Castle Mound
  6. Corby Glen Sheep Fair
  7. "Corby Glen, Retrieved 4 August 2013
  8. National Heritage List England no. 1062848: Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery
  9. The Willoughby Memorial Trust
  10. Hale,Don (25 May 2008). Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Steam Speed Record. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1845133450. 
  11. National Monuments Record: No. 499038 – Corby Glen Station
  12. "Corby Glen P C C". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 "Business and services in Corby Glen". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  14. "Woodhouse Arms". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  15. The Fighting Cocks
  16. "Co-op store". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  17. "Ron Dawson Hall". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  18. "Bowling green". Geograph project. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  19. "Mobile library". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  20. Honeywood, Steve (7 October 2011). "Sun and fun at Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Bourne Local. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
    Sheep Fair picture from the Bourne Local
  21. "Record crowds at the 2013 Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Grantham Journal. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. "Chairman Steve Honeywood said: “It was a memorable weekend, with thousands of visitors to the event, a great street market, a day full of entertainers, a samba band leading the village parade, combined with a Dakota flypast, a well supported dog show, a traditional fun fair and a successful clay shoot raising funds for the air ambulance – and everyone enjoying themselves.”" 
  22. "Record crowd for Corby Glen Sheep Fair". Stamford Mercury. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.