Anton's Gowt

Anton's Gowt is a hamlet in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) north-west from the market town and port of Boston. It is the most southerly village within the East Lindsay district.

Anton's Gowt
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Anton's Gowt
Anton's Gowt is located in Lincolnshire
Anton's Gowt
Anton's Gowt
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF300475
• London100 mi (160 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBoston
Postcode districtPE22
Dialling code01205
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°00′33″N 0°03′48″W / 53.00926°N 0.06336°W / 53.00926; -0.06336Coordinates: 53°00′33″N 0°03′48″W / 53.00926°N 0.06336°W / 53.00926; -0.06336


Anton's Gowt is in an area once known as Wildmore Fen.

It's believed[by whom?] that the lock, and from it the hamlet, were named after Sir Anthony Thomas, one of a group of people who helped drain the Witham Fens from 1631 onwards. The word 'Gowt' is on old term for "A water-pipe under the ground. A sewer. A flood-gate, through which the marsh-water runs from the reens into the sea."[1]

A Primitive Methodist chapel[2] was built by the Doughty family in 1852, but is no longer in evidence. Its centenary was held in June 1952, in the carpenter's shop of the Burn family, and the service was conducted by a Mr H. Doughty of Lincoln who was 95 years old. The chapel closed in 1964, when it still had 18 Sunday school scholars.[3]

A loop line of the Great Northern Railway (from Peterborough to Bawtry) once ran along the north bank of the River Witham, passing by Anton's Gowt Lock. Today the route of the line is a cycle path to Boston.


Anton's Gowt is at the junction of the River Witham and the Frith Bank Drain (part of the Witham Navigable Drains[4]) – Anton's Gowt Lock provides access between these two waterways.

The hamlet falls under Langriville civil parish, part of Frithville Ward of East Lindsey District Council.

A cycle path along the River Witham to Boston passes Anton's Gowt Lock.[5] The hamlet contains a public house, a pet food supplier, dog kennels, and an auto salvage firm.


  1. ^ John Hobson Matthews (1905): Cardiff Records: volume 5, pp. 557-598
  2. ^ "Anton's Gowt Primitive Methodist Chapel", The National Archives. Retrieved 22 November 2013
  3. ^ The Lincolnshire Village Book, Lincolnshire Federation of Women's Institutes; Countryside Books (2005) ISBN 1-85306-077-1
  4. ^ "Witham Navigable Drains", The Inland Waterways Association. (web archive). Retrieved 22 November 2013
  5. ^ "Sports and leisure facilities", Boston Borough Council (web archive). Retrieved 22 November 2013

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