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St Mary's Church, Tetford
Grid reference: TF3374
Location: 53°15’0"N, 0°-0’36"W
Population: 422  (2001)
Post town: Horncastle
Postcode: LN9
Dialling code: 01507
Local Government
Council: East Lindsey

Tetford is both a village in Lincolnshire, in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a range of sudden low hills rising over the otherwise level land of Lindsey from Louth in the north, to Horncastle in the south.

The village is six and a half miles northeast of Horncastle, ten miles south of Louth and eight miles from Spilsby in a shallow valley, at the bottom of a ridge 320 feet high on which runs the Bluestone Heath Road. The parish covers about 1,730 acres.

The Greenwich Meridian passes just to the east of Tetford.

About the village

Tetford has a Primary School, a pub (the White Hart Inn), and a doctor's surgery.


A place of worship has stood on the site of the Church of St Mary for over 900 years. The present building erected in the 14th century is built of local greenstone with a tower added in the 15th century.

The church was restored in 1910 and seats about 250.

Inside the church is a memorial to Captain Edward Dymoke who was the ceremonial champion of George II. His helmet and breastplate are above the tablet high on the arch high up to on the right-hand side of the main area of worship. The inscription reads: "To the Memory of Captain Edward Dymoke, cousin of Lewis Dymoke of Scrivelsby. Champion to King George 2nd. Interred March 5th 1749 also John Dymoke Gent, nephew of the above. Interred July 23rd. 1748. Also of Mrs. Jane Dymoke his wife, Interred July 27th. 1745".

Tyso Boswell and Edward Hearn double grave

Outside the north-east of the chancel is a headstone to two gypsies, Tyso Boswell and Edward Hearn (or Heron), killed by lightning on the eve of Horncastle Fair in 1831.[1]


Tetford is listed as "Tesforde" in the Domesday Book, with a mill, probably on the site of the present 17th-century watermill near the centre of the village.

The parish contains traces of ancient encampments thought to be from Saxon times.

In 1841 the parish was noted for its fertiliser production made from burnt limestone.

The Edward Richardson Community Primary School was founded through a 1714 bequest from Edward Richardson of a cottage and about 7 acres of land towards teaching the poor children of Tetford and Salmonby. In 1821 a National School was built and enlarged in 1897 and 1899.

The White Hart Inn, parts of which date from the 16th century, was once the meeting place of the Tetford Club for local gentry, whose members included [[Alfred Lord Tennyson from nearby Somersby.

2007 flooding

During the 2007 floods the village was affected with East Road and West Road being flooded, causing the north of the village to be cut off from the south.

Tetford and Salmonby Scarecrow Festival

Tetford and its neighbour Salmonby hold an annual Scarecrow Festival. Households build scarecrows and display them outside their houses during May every year. The scarecrows are modelled on television and films persons, historic figures, contemporary figures and fictional icons.

The Festival is largely dedicated to raising funds for the 14th-century church, however, part of the proceeds of the weekend are shared with other local charitable organisations in the village. The Scarecrow Trail is just over a mile long.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Tetford)