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Tithe House, Owmby
Grid reference: TA077049
Location: 53°31’49"N, 0°22’31"W
Post town: Barnetby
Postcode: DN38
Local Government
Council: West Lindsey

Owmby is a hamlet in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire, in the Lincolnshire Wolds three mile north-west of Caistor and four miles south-east of Brigg. It is n the Yarborough Wapentake of the North Riding of Lindsey.

The main village of the parish, Searby, is less than a mile to the north-east.


According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, the name Owmby could be “a farmstead or a village of a man called Auþunn” or be from the Old Norse for “uncultivated land or deserted farm”, and “by”, a “farmstead , village or settlement”.[1]

Owmby appears in the Domesday Book as Odenebi. It comprised 19 households, 7 villeins, 2 smallholders and 11 freemen, with 5 ploughlands, a meadow of 40 acres, and a mill. In 1066 the Lord of the Manor was Grimkel. By 1086 a man named William was Lord, and William of Percy was Tenant-in-chief.[2] The Domesday entry does not indicate the two Williams are the same man.[2]

Remains of a possible mediæval settlement defined by identifiable earthworks]] of crofts (homesteads with land) lie 80 yards east of the junction of the road to Searby with Station Lane and Owmby Hill.[3]

The 1872, White's Directory]] listed five farmers at Owmby, one of whom was also a land & estate agent.[4]

In 1885 Kelly's Directory noted five farmers and Owmby Mount,[5] a country house of about 1840 at the north-west edge of the hamlet, and which is now a Grade II listed building.[6]

A further listed building in Owmby is the Tithe House on Station Lane, a late 18th-century farmhouse with a 20th-century extension.[7]

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  1. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Owmby in the Domesday Book
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 891907 – Owmby
  4. White, William (1872), Whites Directory of Lincolnshire, p.545
  5. Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p.618
  6. National Heritage List 1147014: Owmby Mount, Searby Cum Owmby (Grade II listing)
  7. National Heritage List 1063372: Tithe House, Searby Cum Owmby (Grade II listing)