Baumber (// BAWM-bər) is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) north-west from Horncastle, and at the junction of the B1225 and the A158 roads.
St Swithin's Church, Baumber
|Population||223 (including Great Sturton, 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||120 mi (190 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
The Grade I listed parish church is dedicated to Saint Swithin. Built in stone, it was encased in brick in 1758, and restored in 1892. The lower part of the tower and two doorways are Norman. A lead coffin found in the churchyard is included in a list of Roman coffins found in or near Horncastle. Under the chancel of the church is the Newcastle family vault, which was their place of burial until 1820, prior to the disposal of their Baumber estates. There are church inscriptions to Francis, the grandson of Henry Clinton, Earl of Lincoln, who died in 1681, and Priscilla his wife who died in 1679. An incised stone slab to John Eland (or Ealand), who died in 1463 or 1473, and his two wives, formerly in the floor, lies against the west wall of the north aisle.
The manor of Baumber was held by Thomas Dighton, whose daughter and heiress married Edward Clinton, 2nd son of the first earl of Lincoln. On failure of an heir in the elder branch, the earldom devolved to the son of this Edward, whose successors obtained the Dukedom of Newcastle. The estate continued in the possession of the family until it was sold to Thomas Livesey of Blackburn, Lancashire in 1810.
The manor and estate was centred on Stourton Hall ( 53.2630, -0.1762 ), built in 1810 by Joseph Livesey It was later rebuilt and enlarged with Ancaster Stone, but was demolished in 1955. Livesey's descendants held the manor into the 20th century.
The village public house, the Red Lion on Lincoln Road, is currently closed – it has closed and re-opened regularly since the late 1990s. Baumber Primary School has also closed due to demographic decline. It has since been taken over by Springwell Lincolnshire, part of the Wellspring Academy Trust, as an alternative provision for students no longer accessing mainstream education.
Baumber has Lincolnshire's most intact brick kiln, a Grade II listed structure. The kiln, renovated in the 1990s, lies on private land on the western side of the village, with its former brick clay pits now used as fishing lakes. Both lie on land once part of Brickyard Farm, Lincoln Road. There is no public right of access to the kiln.
At Baumber is a farm which raises red deer for venison, sells wood and christmas trees, and hosts outdoor events. Also at Baumber there is Walled Garden Baumber, formerly the Kitchen Garden to Stourton Hall, now it is an open garden for the public to look round, there is also a small tearoom. Entry is free, see www.walledgardenbaumber.co.uk for opening times.
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