Manton, Lincolnshire

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Cleatham Hall
Grid reference: SE932025
Location: 53°30’40"N, 0°35’43"W
Population: 123  (2011)
Post town: Gainsborough
Postcode: DN21
Local Government
Council: North Lincolnshire

Manton is a village and parish in the Lindsey part of Lincolnshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 123.[1] The village is situated just south from the town of Scunthorpe, and about six miles south-west from the town of Brigg.

The parish includes the hamlet of Cleatham, which forms part of Corringham Wapentake, while the remainder of the parish forms part of Manley Wapentake.[2] Cleatham was a civil parish between 1866 and 1936.[3]

St Hybald's church, Manton

The parish church is a Grade II listed building dedicated to Saint Hybald. It was built of limestone in 1861 by J. M. Hooker, and Wheeler of Tunbridge Wells.[4] The church was made redundant by the Diocese of Lincoln in 1998, and it was sold for residential use in 2003.[5] Its parson from 1568 was John Robotham, who was accused of missing evening prayers and even Easter communion in order to play bowls. He had a number of legal battles with parishioners, some of whom he served a summons on during church services.[6]

Cleatham Hall is a Grade-II listed house dating from 1855 but with earlier origins.[7]

Cleatham bowl barrow is a Bronze Age scheduled monument located about 200 yds to the east of Cleatham Hall.[8]

The last known player of the Lincolnshire bagpipes, John Hunsley, lived in Manton in the mid-1800s.[9]


  1. "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  2. "Manton". A Vision of Britain through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  3. "Cleatham". A Vision of Britain through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. National Heritage List England no. 1346833: St Hybald (Grade II) (listing)
  5. "Manton". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  6. Judith Maltby, Prayer Book and People, p.70
  7. National Heritage List England no. 1083030: Cleatham House (Grade II) (listing)
  8. National Heritage List England no. 1007729: Cleatham Round Barrow
  9. A commentator the 1881 Oxford Journals' Notes and queries, pp.95-96, noted that Hunsley played the pipes until shortly before his death, which occurred "between twenty and thirty years ago."

Further reading

  • Manton in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the Port of Hull and Neighbourhood. With Map of the County. by E. R. Kelly, 1885
  • Leahy, Kevin (July–August 2007). "A warning to the curious: digging an Anglo-Saxon cemetery". Current Archaeology 18, No.6 (210): 26–31.  Article on the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Cleatham, the third largest in England.
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