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Snitterby Church - - 67926.jpg
Church of St Nicholas, Snitterby
Grid reference: SK985946
Location: 53°26’26"N, 0°31’13"W
Population: 215  (2001)
Post town: Gainsborough
Postcode: DN21
Dialling code: 01673
Local Government
Council: West Lindsey

Snitterby is a village in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire. The population of the civil parish was 215 at the 2001 census, increasing to 245 at the 2011 census. It is fourteen miles north of the county town, the City of Lincoln and eight miles south of Brigg.

The place name, Snitterby, seems to contain an unrecorded Old English personal name Syntra and the Old Norse by, a farmstead, a village, so possibly, 'Syntra's farm or settlement'.[1][2] Eilert Ekwall suggests that this personal name is a derivative of the Old English word snotor, snytre meaning 'wise'[3]

The village appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Esnetrebi (twice) and Snetrebi.[4]

Harlam Hill Lock

According to the 2001 Census Snitterby had a population of 215, with 100% of the population being white, and 75% calling themselves Christian.

The village is just off the A15 north-east of Caenby Corner, and south-east of Kirton in Lindsey. To the west, along the A15 (Ermine Street), the parish boundary is with Grayingham. To the north, it meets Waddingham, following Snitterby Beck, then eastwards to the New River Ancholme, and then southwards along the River Ancholme, where it meets Owersby, to the east. Near Harlam Hill and Harlam Hill Lock, it meets Bishop Norton, to the south. It passes south of White House Farm, and along Atterby Lane, then crosses Bishop Norton Road, and meets Ermine Street directly to the west.

The village has a public house, The Royal Oak, a village hall, and a church, St Nicholas, which is in the Bishop Norton, Waddingham and Snitterby Group of churches. Until 2007 the church clock had to be wound up by hand once a week. A £10,000 grant paid for a new mechanism.[5]

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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. Cameron, K.: 'Place-Names of Lincolnshire , Part 6' (English Place-Names Society, 2001), page 205
  3. K.Cameron, p.205
  4. National Archives: E31/2/2/8276
  5. "Clock climber, 74, to get a rest", BBC News