Caythorpe, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe is a large village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population at 2011 census was 1,374.[1] It is situated on the A607, approximately 3 miles (5 km) south from Leadenham and 9 miles (14 km) north from Grantham. Caythorpe Heath stretches east of the village to Ermine Street and Byards Leap.

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St Vincent's Church, Caythorpe
Caythorpe is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population1,374 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK939479
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG32
Dialling code01400
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°01′16″N 0°35′58″W / 53.021155°N 0.599325°W / 53.021155; -0.599325Coordinates: 53°01′16″N 0°35′58″W / 53.021155°N 0.599325°W / 53.021155; -0.599325


Caythorpe Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Vincent.[2] The church has a wide double nave divided by Geometric (early Decorated) piers. The central tower supports a crocketed spire rising to 156 feet.[3] Within the church are monuments to the Hussey family, dated 1698 and 1725,[3] and over the tower arch are remains of paintings of the Last Judgment,[4] The churchyard cross, restored in 1906, is a scheduled ancient monument.[5]

Grade II* listed Caythorpe Hall[6] lies on the northern edge of the village; it was built between 1824 and 1827 in the classical style. The park wall is all that remains of the earlier house, the seat of the Hussey family.[7]

The Red Lion[8] and the Waggon and Horses[9] are the two village public houses.

There was once a Caythorpe railway station on the line between Grantham and Lincoln.

Mensa International has had its registered office in the village since 2008.[10]

Agricultural collegeEdit

Caythorpe Court, to the east of the village, was built as a hunting lodge, used in the Second World War as an auxiliary hospital and from 1946 it was Kesteven Agricultural College – the only college of its type in south-west Lincolnshire, recognised nationally for its excellence in agricultural engineering. In 1980 it became part of Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and in 1994 was taken over by De Montfort University.[11] When Riseholme Agricultural College, also part of De Montfort, was adopted by the new University of Lincoln in 2001, Caythorpe was subsumed into Lincoln as the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture. The school closed in September 2002, after which the building became a PGL activity centre.[12]

Notable peopleEdit

Edmund Weaver, 18th-century astronomer and land agent, lived at Frieston. He was buried at St Vincent's Church, where his memorial is placed in the south chancel.[13] George Hussey Packe (1796–1874), MP for the Southern Division of the County of Lincolnshire and Chairman of the Great Northern Railway, built and lived at Caythorpe Hall and provided the village school and patronage for St Vincent's Church.[6][14][15]



  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Vincent (1317320)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 97; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 357
  5. ^ Historic England. "Churchyard cross, St Vincent's churchyard (1009225)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Caythorpe Hall (1165323)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Caythorpe". Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  8. ^ Red Lion, Retrieved 13 July 2011
  9. ^ Waggon & Horses, Retrieved 13 July 2011
  10. ^ "Mensa International". Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Caythorpe Court, Grantham, England". Parks and Gardens UK. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  12. ^ "£2m plan to turn old college into rifle range". Lincolnshire Echo. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  13. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle; ed. Sylvanus Urban (1808), vol.103, pp.116/117. Reprinted Nabu Press (2011). ISBN 1174553944
  14. ^ The Poll Book for the Election of Two Members to represent in Parliament the Southern Division of the County of Lincolnshire, "South Lincolnshire Contest (1857)", pp. 4–9
  15. ^ Wright, Neil R. (1982); Lincolnshire Towns and Industry 1700–1914; History of Lincolnshire Committee for the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. ISBN 0902668102

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