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Normanby by Spital
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St Peter's Church, Normanby by Spital
Grid reference: TF000881
Location: 53°22’50"N, 0°29’48"W
Population: 402  (2011)
Post town: Market Rasen
Postcode: LN8
Dialling code: 01673
Local Government
Council: West Lindsey

Normanby by Spital is a village in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire. The 2011 census recorded a population of 412. The village is about ten miles north of Lincoln, and just off the A15.

The name Normanby is from the Old English and Old Scandinavian Norþman by, or "Norseman village". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Normanebi.

Normanby by Spital also has a neighbouring village immediately to the south, called Owmby-by-Spital.


St Peter's Church dates from the 12th century and is a Grade I listed building.[1] It has been declared redundant and is today maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.[2]

The village today is served by the Church of St Peter and St Paul in neighbouring Owmby-by-Spital. This church was extensively renovated in 1890[3]

There was a Methodist chapel in the village, but now it has been converted into a house.

About the village

The village facilities include a pub, the Bottle and Glass, a primary school, a post office, a village shop and a school hall. The school hall holds activities such as a youth club and an art club.

During the Second World War, a wireless station was in operation along Normanby Cliff Road which was connected to RAF Scampton and was used to transmit messages to Bomber Squadrons over Germany or other enemy territory. Each Bomber Command Group had a similar site and they could be found all over the east of the country. The R/T operators were based at RAF Bawtry, Doncaster. This role continued throughout the "Cold War" period when transmissions were made to the 24/7 airborne V-Bomber squadrons. In later years this role diminished and the station finally closed; the buildings have now been demolished although the site is still fenced off. The Bottle and Glass public house was open for duration of the war, as it was a frequent rest-stop for local airmen. Residents of the village remember the Dambusters Raid, hearing the Lancasters going overhead at rooftop height and being concerned that they were "struggling" to keep in the air.

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  1. Church of St Peter, Normanby by Spital: Heritage Gateway]
  2. St Peter, Normanby-by-Spital: Churches Conservation Trust
  3. "Kellys Directory". Kellys Directories Ltd. p. 450. Retrieved 20 April 2011.