Careby is the principal village in the a civil parish of Careby Aunby and Holywell [in which the population is included] in the South Kesteven district of South Kesteven, Lincolnshire, England. The River West Glen flows through the parish, near Careby, forming part of the parish boundary.

Careby road bridge.jpg
Road bridge over the East Coast Main Line, Careby
Careby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF021164
• London85 mi (137 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStamford
Postcode districtPE9
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°44′10″N 0°29′20″W / 52.736214°N 0.489006°W / 52.736214; -0.489006Coordinates: 52°44′10″N 0°29′20″W / 52.736214°N 0.489006°W / 52.736214; -0.489006


The name derives from the Old Scandinavian 'Kariby' or "village of a man named Kari," and first appears in 1199 as Careby.[1] The placename suffix, "by", is common in this part of the country, being part of the Danelaw.[citation needed]

Although very small, Careby is the largest settlement in the parish. An old manor house, successor to the rather grander home of the Hatcher family who once owned the parish, is down a small lane leading away from the railway, which also includes the 19th century rectory, now in private hands.[citation needed][original research?]

Careby Rectory, before 1912

Careby Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Stephen. It is late Norman with later Perpendicular additions. A sanctuary knocker hangs on the door and a 15th-century altar is preserved inside.[2]

Careby Rectory, now a private house, was built in 1827 and was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 1986.[3]

The East Coast Main Line passes through the east of the parish, through Careby. This is part of the section from Stoke Summit where Mallard broke the speed record for Steam locomotives.[citation needed][original research?]

The village school was opened in 1869, and closed before 1970. The building, to the west of the railway line, is now a private home.[citation needed]

During the Second World War the village played host to children from Sheffield who attended a working farm camp to help with the harvest. They were accommodated in the village hall.[4]

Careby CampEdit

52°43′41″N 0°27′40″W / 52.72806°N 0.46111°W / 52.72806; -0.46111 (Careby Camp,Lincolnshire Iron age Fort)
In Careby Wood is an Iron Age fort known as Careby Camp.[5]


  1. ^ Mills, A D (1991). A Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ "Heritage Gateway - Careby Church".
  3. ^ Historic England. "The Old Rectory (1062872)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Excerpts from The Firpanian – a school magazine written by the boys attending Careby Camp – and there's much more than this ..." (PDF).
  5. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 348223". PastScape. Retrieved 4 February 2015.

External linksEdit

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