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St Margaret's Church
Grid reference: TA279087
Location: 53°32’28"N, 0°10’5"W
Population: 3,259  (2011)
Post town: Grimsby
Postcode: DN37
Dialling code: 01472
Local Government
Council: North East Lincolnshire

Laceby is a village in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire]], on the A46 road, just outside the western edge of Grimsby. Laceby's population at the 2011 Census was 3,259.

The village is noted for its parish church, parts of which date to the 12th century.[1]

The name Laceby is believed to derive from "Leifr's farmstead", 'Leifr' being an Old Scandinavian personal name, and 'by', a farmstead, village or settlement.[2]


A Mesolithic flint working site, to the north-east of the village, found in 1958, included examples of Neolithic leaf shaped arrowheads."[3] While a 'findspot of possible Anglo-Saxon pottery' was discovered in Coopers Lane in 1969.[4] Nearby Welbeck Hill is the site of Roman pottery finds,[5] and of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery.[6]

Laceby is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Lenesbi" or "Levesbi", in the North Riding of Lindsey. The village contained 33 households, 4 villeins, 5 smallholders, 85 freemen and 3 priests. It comprised 16 ploughlands, a meadow of 360 acres, woodland of 100 acres, and 2 mills. The three Lords in 1066 were Erik, Tosti and Swein. In 1086 the land belonged to Bishop Odo of Bayeux, as lord of the manor and Tenant-in-chief.[7][8]

On 26 December 1234, King Henry III granted John, son of Geoffrey de Nevill, the right to hold a fair, on 20 July, the feast day of St Margaret of Antioch, at Laceby Manor.[9]

In April 1268, John de la Linde, (or Launde), seneschal of the city of London,[10] bought his father-in-law, Hugh de Neville's debts of £10. 16s. owed to the King, and £28 owed a money lender, Manasser of Brodsworth. In return, he received 'the right to the demesnes, homages, services, villeinages, the advowson of the church, the woods, the meadows, the pastures, the mills, the gardens as well as all other things' belonging to Laceby manor.[11]

In the 13th century, John's son, Walter de la Laund (or Launde), lord of the manor of Laceby, married Cecilia, daughter of Jordan de Essheby, (or Ashby).[12] After the death of her brother, Cecilia was the sole heir to her father, and inherited his manor, which became known as Ashby de la Launde.[12]

In 1314/15, Walter divided Laceby manor, and the advowson of the church between his daughters Joan and Cecilia, and their respective husbands, John de Dallyngregge, and Herbert de Flynton. He retained the bailiwick of West Perrot and the manor of Broomfield, Somerset.[13]

In a talk given to a meeting of the Lincoln Diocesan Architectural Society, held at Grimsby in 1859, Edward Trollope, discussed the disagreements between Grimsby and Laceby over the payment of port and road tolls and described Walter as that 'local tyrant', adding 'I scarcely dare to mention his name even now', which drew laughter from the audience.[14]

19th Century

In the 1830s, during a period of low wages, protests against Irish agricultural workers broke out in Lincolnshire. In the Laceby area it was the farmers themselves who were targeted: 'if you do not raise [workers] wages, you must suffer by consequence' read one written warning from the time.[15]

In 1834, the village had two principal residences; Laceby Hall, 'on the lofty summit of a hill', occupied by H. C. Oxendon, and Laceby Manor house, occupied by P. Skipworth.[16]

In 1885 Kelly's Directory describes Laceby as a "well-built village" in the Parliamentary borough of Great Grimsby, with an 1881 population of 1,017. The parish area was 2,063 acres, in which was grown chiefly wheat, oats, barley and turnips. Commercial occupations included five farmers, three of whom pursued other trades as butcher, cattle dealer, or miller. There were three market gardeners, two butchers, one of whom was a cattle dealer, two shoe makers, two grocer & drapers, two carriers, a blacksmith, wheelwright, saddler, beer retailer, baker, miller, flour dealer, coal dealer, tailor, builder, joiner, carpenter, a machinist & steam thrashing machine proprietor, a publican at the Waterloo Inn public house, and a bailiff to one of the major landowners. The sub-postmaster was also a pharmaceutical chemist and insurance agent. The village contained a post office and Stanford's Charity School.[17]

20th Century

In 1933 Kelly's noted an increase of parish land to 2,122 acres, and a 1921 population of 1,120. Further observations not included in 1885 were a Temperance Hall]], built in 1872 for 250 people, and a cemetery run by the Parish. There was now a Laceby Sanatorium, and a Laceby Reading Club. Buses now linked the village to Grimsby, Caistor, and Scunthorpe. 1933 commercial occupations included four farmers, four market gardeners, a smallholder, two builders, three shopkeepers, a butcher, baker, saddler, blacksmith, beer retailer, boot maker, carrier, a carpenter & joiners, and the publican at the Waterloo Inn. The post master's duel trade, previously a chemist, was now a grocer. Trades existing that did not exist in 1885 were a cycle dealer & agent, a confectioner, hair dresser, fried fish dealer, motor engineer, fruiterer and a seed agent. There was also a dairy, and agricultural engineers.[18]


Temperance Hall, Laceby

The parish church is St Margaret of Antioch,[1] Parts of the church, including the nave, and north arcade, date to the 12th century.[1] The church was restored in 1869 by James Fowler, and architect of Louth.

One rector of St Margaret's went on to became one of the most celebrated of the Archbishops of Canterbury: John Whitgift, appointed as Archbishop in in 1583 by Queen Elizabeth I. He had been born in nearby Grimsby in 1530.

The parish register dates from 1538, with a complete list of parish incumbents from the 12th century – one entry relates to the execution of a witch in 1546. The living was a rectory with 17 acres of glebe land.[17][19]

During restoration works in the late 1800s grave covers dating to the 10th, or early 11th century, were incorporated into the church's interior.[1] A small, blocked-up, Norman era window was also found on the east side of the porch.[20] This was restored and stained glass depicting St. Margaret was installed.[20] A matching window was created on the west side of the porch and installed with a depiction of St. John the Baptist.[20] Special services, led by Christopher Wordsworth, the Bishop of Lincoln, were held on 18 May 1870 to commemorate the re-opening of the restored church.[20]

The church today is a Grade I listed building.[19] It seats approximately 300 people

The 1885 Kelly's Directory describes St Margaret's as being built from Ancaster stone in Early English and Perpendicular Gothic styles, consisting of a chancel, nave, west porch and an embattled tower with pinnacles and four bells. Open benches for seating were added in 1850, and an organ in 1852. A monument to W. Laud (d. 1424) is in the chancel.

In 1885, two chapels within the village: one Wesleyan, built in 1853 and seating 300, the other Primitive Methodist, built in 1837. A further Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1861 and called Irby Chapel, was close to the parish boundary with Irby upon Humber.[17]


Laceby village centre

The Stanford's Charity School was founded in 1730 by the Stanford Trust which had been set up in 1720 by Sarah Stanford in accordance with her husband Philip Stanford's will of 1712. The school originally served the parishes of Laceby, Bradley and Barnoldby le Beck. Stanford's endowment at the time comprised a house, a farmhouse, and 74 acres of land.[17]

Laceby's public house the Waterloo Inn and the Nags Head Inn, which were noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the two closest pubs in England. They were combined into one pub in 1990. After a period of closure it re-opened on 22 March 2009 under a new landlord. however unfortunately both sides of the pub are now closed.

The village has one primary school: Stanford Junior & Infants School,[21] founded in 1730 by the Stanford Trust which was set up by Sarah Stanford in accordance with the will of her husband Phillip Stanford.

The Grimsby Institute has its Laceby Manor Golf Club to the south of the village.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 National Monuments Record: No. 81532 – Church of St Margaret
  2. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 81520 – Mesolithic flint working site
  4. National Monuments Record: No. 81556 – Findspot of possible Anglo-Saxon pottery
  5. National Monuments Record: No. 81629 – Roman and Anglo-Saxon pottery
  6. National Monuments Record: No. 81626 – Welbeck Hill
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  8. Laceby in the Domesday Book
  9. Gazetteer of Market Towns in Lincolnshire: The Centre for Metropolitan History
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  13. Walter de la Lynde to grant half the manor of Laceby and half the advowson of the church Discovery UK
  14. "Lincoln Diocesan Architectural Society". Stamford Mercury. 3 June 1859. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  15. Richardson, T.L. (1993). "The Agricultural Labourers' Standard of Living in Lincolnshire, 1790—1840: Social Protest and Public Order". The Agricultural History Review 41 (1): 17. 
  16. Thomas Allen (1834). The history of the county of Lincoln: from the earliest period to the present time. J. Saunders, Jr.. p. 246. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 508,509
  18. Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1933, pp. 334,335
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  21. Stanford Junior & Infants School