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Church of St Peter & St Paul, Stallingborough
Grid reference: TA203118
Location: 53°35’20"N, 0°11’1"W
Population: 1,234  (2011)
Post town: Grimsby
Postcode: DN41
Dialling code: 01472
Local Government
Council: North East Lincolnshire

Stallingborough is a village in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,234.

This was once a quiet village as so many were, but with the proximity of the industrial areas along the south shore of the Humber, Stallingborough has become an industrial centre.

An industrial freight railway line to Immingham Docks (the former Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway), the A180 road, the Barton Line (the former Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway, opened 1845), and the B1210 road run through the parish parallel to the coast. Stallingborough itself is served by Stallingborough railway station on the Barton Line.



The area around Stallingborough may have been inhabited in prehistoric times; south-east of the village there is evidence of an Iron Age complex of enclosures.

Stallingborough is recorded as a manor (as "Stalinburg" or "Stalingeburg") in the 11th century Domesday Book.[1] The mediæval village of Stallingborough was to the west of the modern village, and south of the 18th century church. The rights to hold a market and annual fair were granted by King Henry III (13th century). Before the Black Death of the mid-14th century, the village had 50–60 households. This substantially decreased after the plague, but recovered to around 150 households by the mid-16th century. The mediæval village is evidenced by earthworks,[2] as well as cropmarks of fishponds,[3] remains of ridge and furrow farming to the north,[4] and a mediæval cross in the churchyard of the modern church.[5]

The mediæval hagiography, On the Resting-Places of the Saints records that Stallingborough is the burial place of the Anglo-Saxon Saint Avbur.[6][7] A chapel to St Avbur is mentioned in a will of Richard Hooton of Stallingborough dated 1530.

The village was also the site of a manor house, and associated formal gardens (post mediæval, probably early 17th century).[8] The mediæval church collapsed in 1746,[9] and the manor house was demolished in the same period. Enclosure in the 18th century reduced the population again, to around 67 households by 1758.[2] St Peter & St Paul's Church was built in brick in 1779–81.[10] In 1801 the village had a population of 274 in 59 houses,[2] in 1821 343 persons in 63 houses.[11] An 18th century extension of the Manor House, known as Stallingborough House, survived until the 1840s, when it was also demolished.[2]


Stallingborough railway station and the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway opened around 1848, passing through the northern part of the village.

A fixed lighthouse (Stallingborough Light) was built in 1849 (lat. 53°37'), located in the Ferry House on the east bank of the outlet onto the Humber of the North Beck Drain.[12][13][14]

In about 1860 the Hull Citadel was decommissioned, and new gun batteries constructed to replace it; the major works was the fort at Paull on the north bank of the Humber; at Stallingborough a battery of 6 guns was built.

In about 1887 the village included the church and vicarage, a smithy, and a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist Chapel, with the railway passing north of the church; the village extended to the north of the railway line, including the Green Man Inn, a manor house, and various dwellings spread along the main road. The extent of development of the village remained mostly unchanged until after the Second World War. The Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway was built through the northern part of the parish in 1912.

Gun batteries were also installed on the Humber foreshore at Stallingborough in the First and Second World Wars. During the First World War, Stallingborough battery had two 6 inch breech-loading Mk VII guns;[15] the First World War fort is evidenced by a pillbox.[16] There was also a 3,000-foot airfield (closed 1919) used by a flight of No. 251 Squadron RAF which carried out marine patrols with Airco DH.6 planes.[17] During the Second World War the site was again used, with 4.7 inch quick-firing gun and a searchlight.[15][18] There was also an anti-aircraft battery at Little London, with positions for four guns.[19]

After the War, a location near the Little London site was used as a Royal Observer Corps monitoring post.[20]


In 1953 National Titanium Pigments Ltd (or Laporte Titanium Ltd) established a titanium dioxide manufacturing plant on the site of the former gun battery. The plant became known as the Battery works. Through the latter part of the 20th century the plant was expanded and modernised, later becoming part of SCM Corporation (1983), Hanson plc (1986), Millennium Chemicals (1996), and Cristal (2007). In the 1960s a number of companies (Doverstrand, Revertex, Harco) developed chemical plants producing synthetic lattices and resins at a site south-east of the Battery Works, also on the estuary foreshore. After a series of company reorganisations and takeovers, the works were organised under a single company, Synthomer, by 2002.

The village of Stallingborough underwent some minor housing development in the second half of the 20th century. By the end of the 1970s small cul-de-sac developments had been built south of the railway line off Station Road, with further small developments towards the end of the century. From the 1970s a large industrial estate was developed in the north of the parish (North Moss Lane Industrial Estate, Kiln Lane Trading Estate), south-west of the Battery Works.

In 1997 – 1999, the 1.26 GW South Humber Bank Power Station was constructed adjacent to the Synthomer chemical plant in two phases from 1997 to 1999.

Further industrial development un the twenty-first century has included a training centre for the chemical industry (the Centre for Assessment and Technical Competence Humber)[21] and an eight-eight acre vehicle handling site, for use by Kia Motors on the Kiln Lane industrial estate.


The parish church is St Peter and St Paul,[22] The parish is in the Keelby Group in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Stallingborough village amenities include a public house, village hall, a Church of England primary school and an alternative medical Centre called Orchard Barn.

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  1. Stallingborough in the Domesday Book
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 National Heritage List 1020423: Stallingborough mediæval settlement, post-mediæval manor house and formal gardens (Scheduled ancient monument entry)
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 80456 – Probable Mediæval fishponds
  4. National Monuments Record: No. 80479 – Mediæval ridge and furrow
  5. National Monuments Record: No. 80465 – Mediæval churchyard cross
  6. Stowe MS 944, British Library
  7. Hickes, G. (1703). Dissertatio Epistolaris in Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archeologicus. Oxford. p. 115. 
  8. National Monuments Record: No. 80459 – Stallingborough
  9. Topographer April 1791, p. 238.
  10. National Heritage List 1346978: Church of St Peter and St Paul
  11. Allen, Thomas (1834). The History of the County of Lincoln,: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. 2. p. 232. 
  12. Davenport Adams, William Henry (1870). Lighthouse and lightships. p. 294. 
  13. Part III East Coast of England (2nd ed.). Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty. 1869. pp. 95–96. 
  14. Ordnance Survey Sheet 14SW 1887
  15. 15.0 15.1 National Monuments Record: No. 1429224 – Stallingborough Battery
  16. National Monuments Record: No. 1419809 – World War I pillbox
  17. National Monuments Record: No. 1512204 – Greenland Top Airfield
  18. National Monuments Record: No. 1423725 – Second World War coast battery searchlight
  19. National Monuments Record: No. 1472423 – Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Humber H20
  20. National Monuments Record: No. 1412031 – Royal Observer Corps monitoring post
  21. "Chemical plant simulator launched". BBC News. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  22. St Peter & St Paul, Stallingborough: A Church Near You