Owston Ferry

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Owston Ferry
Owston Ferry Church.jpg
Church of St Martin, at Owston Ferry
Grid reference: SE805005
Location: 53°29’43"N, 0°47’8"W
Population: 1,328  (2011)
Post town: Doncaster
Postcode: DN9
Dialling code: 01427
Local Government
Council: North Lincolnshire

Owston Ferry is a village and parish in Lincolnshire. It is situated on the west bank of the River Trent, opposite East Ferry and nine miles north from Gainsborough. It had a total resident population of 1,128 in 2001,[1] including Kelfield which increased to 1,328 at the 2011 census.[2]

Sometimes referred to in short as Owston or Ferry, the village, which forms part of the Isle of Axholme, is bounded to the west by the A161 road and the village of Haxey. The River Trent is directly to the east. To the north, beyond a number of hamlets and villages, lies the River Humber. The township of West Butterwick forms part of the ancient parish, but is constituted as a separate civil parish.


The name "Owston" is thought to derive from the Old Norse "austr+tun", meaning "east farmstead",[3] a view shared by other sources which outline that it specifically implied the "farmstead east of Haxey".[4] The name "Owston" is shared by at least two other settlements within the United Kingdom. In the 1086 Domesday Book it is listed as "Ostone",[4]

Owston Ferry Castle, also known as Kinnard's Ferry Castle, was a motte-and-bailey fortification from the 12th century. It lay on the site of an earlier, Roman castrum.[5] It was dismantled by order of Henry II of England in 1175-76 following the Revolt of 1173–1174.[6]

Owston Ferry Grade I-listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Martin.[7] The church register dates from 1603.[8]

In 1885 Kelly's reported the existence of Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels,[9] a rope-walk, boat-building yard, several corn mills, and the manufacture of sacking and sail cloth. The parish was of 5,350 acres. Wheat, barley, potatoes, beans and grass were grown.[8]

West Kinnard's Ferry was a separate settlement. Kinnard's short for King Edward's Ferry. According to Rev. W.B. Stonehouse, " History of the Isle of Axholme." 1836. Established by Edward the Confessor when he required help from Northumbria against southern enemies.


Owston Ferry contains one primary school, St Martin's Church of England Primary School.


  1. United Kingdom Census 2001. "Owston Ferry CP (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadDomainList.do?a=7&c=owston&d=16&i=1001x1002&m=0&enc=1&areaId=791138&OAAreaId=392123. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  2. "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11127366&c=Owston+Ferry&d=16&e=62&g=6382136&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1460990520030&enc=1. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  3. Mills, A. D. (1991) A Dictionary of English Place-Names, Oxford University Press
  4. 4.0 4.1 North Lincolnshire Council. "Owston Ferry Local History Pack". http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/local-studies/localhistorypacks/owstonferry/?locale=en. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  5. Webster, Graham (2003). Rome against Caratacus. Routledge. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-415-23987-5. 
  6. Plantagenet Somerset Fry (2005). Castles: England + Scotland + Wales + Ireland. David & Charles Publishers. p. 66. ISBN 0-7153-2212-5. 
  7. National Heritage List 1083261: Church of St Martin
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 593, 594
  9. National Heritage List 1049072: Centenary Methodist Chapel

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Isle of Axholme

Althorpe  • Amcotts  • Beltoft  • Crowle  • Ealand  • Eastoft  • Epworth  • Garthorpe  • Haxey  • Keadby  • Luddington  • Owston Ferry  • Sandtoft  • West Butterwick  • Westwoodside  • Wroot