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Tetney Church.jpg
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Tetney
Grid reference: TA314009
Location: 53°29’33"N, 0°1’19"W
Population: 1,725  (2011[1])
Post town: Grimsby
Postcode: DN36
Local Government
Council: East Lindsey
Louth and Horncastle

Tetney is a village and parish in the Lindsey part of Lincolnshire, just west of the Prime Meridian. It forms part of the Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake.


On the edge of the village is the site of a Marconi Beam Station from where telegrams were sent to Australia and India as part of the Imperial Wireless Chain.[2][3][4] When built it was state of the art and is important in the history of telecommunications, due to having established the first radio link between the United Kingdom and Australia, in 1927. Only the bases for the masts remain; the original administration buildings are now a small industrial complex.

Ordnance survey maps from the 1920s show an agricultural tramway running from the Humberstone Road (B1198) through Bishopthorpe to Low Farm. Such tramways often used WW1 narrowigauge trench railway equipment to allow year-round access to soft fenland fields. The area is now a wind farm.

Tetney Lock used to be the location of a heliport run by Bristow Helicopters which delivered personnel to North Sea oil and gas rigs, but this is now defunct,[5] having operated from 1965 until the early 1970s. The hangars were converted into a turkey farm.

Geography and amenities

The village is on the A1031 Cleethorpes to Mablethorpe coastal road, 2½ miles south of Humberston, and a mile east of Holton-le-Clay. The village also includes the hamlet of Tetney Lock located to the east of the village on the Louth Navigation canal.

The village facilities include the primary school, the Plough Inn public house, on the Market Place, a fish and chip shop, a village shop, a golf club, a garden centre, a Wesleyan chapel, a church and a village hall.

The parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. An inscription on the second pillar from the west on the north arcade states: "This work was completed A.D. 1363 Robert Day the vicar". Some parts of the building are from an earlier church which stood on the same spot, including a doorway dating from about 1280.

The village hall is situated at the playing fields, on Humberston Road. The playing fields include a cricket pitch and football pitch – previously there existed a grass tennis court. Tetney United Football Club were based at the village hall and playing fields, and played in the East Lincs Combination Football League.

To the east of the village on the road to Tetney Lock is an oil terminal which stores oil for the Humber Refinery.[6] Oil has been delivered via the Tetney Monobuoy, since January 1971.[7]


Tetney Blow Wells

To the east of the village are the Tetney Marshes, which cover over 1,500 hectares of coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and saline lagoons on the north Lincolnshire coast, the reserve forms an important part of the Humber Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection Area, administered by the RSPB as the Tetney Marshes nature reserve,[8] which functions as a grazing marsh and home of lagoon sand shrimps[9] and little terns which live near saline lagoons.

To the south of the village are the Tetney Blow Wells, a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve and SSSI.[10] The Blow Wells are artesian springs flowing from the underlying chalk aquifer through the boulder clay to form a series of pools, which were used to supply a water cress farm from 1948 to 1961.[11] The nature reserve is also a habitat for the cardinal beetle, and the Daubenton's bat or water bat.[10]

Notable people

  • Ella Henderson, singer
  • Keeley Donovan, television and radio broadcaster (born in Grimsby and grew up in this village)


  1. "Parish population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11129507&c=Tetney&d=16&e=62&g=6446270&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1440258858380&enc=1. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. "Tetney Community Plan". Tetney Community Plan Steering Committee. http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Files/Parish/690/Tetney_Community_Plan_201012.pdf. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. Freeman, J. A. (November 1945). "Studies in the Distribution of Insects by Aerial Currents". The Journal of Animal Ecology 14 (2): 128. doi:10.2307/1389. 
  4. "Tetney Beam Station was a colossal landmark" (in en). Grimsby Telegraph. 30 March 2017. http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/beam-station-was-a-colossal-landmark/story-30236217-detail/story.html. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  5. "Search and rescue helicopters at Humberside Airport will be 'a boost for the local economy'". Grimsby Telegraph. 27 March 2013. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. https://archive.is/20130707062201/http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/Search-rescue-helicopters-Humberside-Airport/story-18531873-detail/story.html. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. "Refining UK". phillips66.co.uk. http://www.phillips66.co.uk/EN/about/refining_ops/Pages/index.aspx. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  7. "Oh buoy, are we buoyant to receive 3,000th vessel!" (in en). Scunthorpe Telegraph. 21 May 2013. http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/oh-buoy-buoyant-receive-3-000th-vessel/story-19045972-detail/story.html. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  8. "Tetney Marshes". RSPB. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/tetneymarshes/index.aspx. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  9. "Lagoon sand shrimp". Natural England. Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131108092732/http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/marine/mpa/mcz/features/species/lagoonsandshrimp.aspx. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Blow wells saved - at expense of 80% of the trees nearby" (in en). Grimsby Telegraph. 20 July 2011. http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/blow-wells-saved-expense-80-trees-nearby/story-12971933-detail/story.html. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  11. "Tetney Blow Wells". Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/reserves/Tetney-Blow-Wells. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 

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