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All Saints' church, Wragby
Grid reference: TF132780
Location: 53°17’14"N, 0°18’9"W
Population: 1,361  (2001)
Post town: Market Rasen
Postcode: LN8
Local Government
Council: East Lindsey
Louth and Horncastle

Wragby is a small town in Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire. It is at the junction of the A157 and A158 roads, some 10 miles northwest of Horncastle and about 11 miles northeast of the county town, the City of Lincoln.[1]


Wragby is named in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Waragebi, when it consisted of 23 households a mill and a church.[2]

The 'Rout Yard', a scheduled monument in the form of two moated islands and associated ditched enclosures, is the remains of a mediæval manorial complex. In 1086 there were two manors at Wragby, one in the possession of Erenis of Buron, the other, Waldin the Artificer. The surviving remains possibly represent the Buron manor which held responsibility for a church.[3] The church was dismantled in 1836 when a new church was established closer to the modern village centre. The 18th-century brick-built chancel was kept as a cemetery chapel until the 1980s when it too was demolished.[4]

The ruins of the older church can be seen from the bottom of the cemetery, and are 440 yards from the Grade II listed church of All Saints which was built in 1839 by W A Nicholson.[4][5]

Wragby Market Place

Wragby was a market town and staging centre through a charter dating back to Charles II. The market was held on a Thursday, and there was a fair held on 1 May, and 28–29 September.[1]

Wragby railway station[6] and a grammar school founded in 1635, and rebuilt in 1775[7] are both now in residential use. There was also a Grade II listed windmill, built in 1831.[8] It was powered by six sails until 1903 when it ceased working.[9]

Over time Wragby has evolved to be a stopping point en route to the coastal town of Skegness, with amenities including three public houses, a fish shop, café, and a supermarket. The population of Wragby has expanded though the building of two new housing estates; a third estate began development in late 2009, with completion expected by early 2012. Kier Group initially began the new construction projects after buying-out local homebuilder Hugh Bourn.[10] However, Kier then themselves sold the land and properties to Linden Homes (themselves a subsidiary of Galliford Try), who have continued construction of sites in the town, such as Carpenters Lodge.


  • Football: several teams

Big Society

Wragby has a Youth Club and Young Farmers Club.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Wragby)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Wragby". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/place_page.jsp?p_id=14103&st=WRAGBY. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  2. Wragby in the Domesday Book
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 351496 – Manorial complex, Wragby
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Heritage List 1016967: Moated manorial site
  5. National Heritage List 1147509: Church of All Saints
  6. National Monuments Record: No. 507112 – Wragby railway station
  7. National Monuments Record: No. 351493 – Grammar School
  8. National Heritage List 1063070: Windmill. Wragby
  9. National Monuments Record: No. 498472 – Windmill
  10. "Kier Homes". http://www.kier.co.uk/media/details.asp?n=65. Retrieved 8 November 2011.