Dry Doddington

Dry Doddington is a small village in the north-west of the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England within the civil parish of Westborough and Dry Doddington. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-east from Newark, approximately 8 miles (13 km) north-west from Grantham, and just over 1 mile (2 km) to the east from the A1 road.

Dry Doddington
St.James' church, Dry Doddington, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 81108.jpg
Church of St James, Dry Doddington
Dry Doddington is located in Lincolnshire
Dry Doddington
Dry Doddington
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceSK850466
• London105 mi (169 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewark
Postcode districtNG23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°00′38″N 0°44′02″W / 53.010565°N 0.73387°W / 53.010565; -0.73387Coordinates: 53°00′38″N 0°44′02″W / 53.010565°N 0.73387°W / 53.010565; -0.73387


Dry Doddington means the "dry estate of a man called Dodda". There was a deserted medieval village called 'Stocking' or 'Stockyng' associated with Dry Doddington in the early 14th century; its precise location is unknown.[1]

Dry Doddington CE School was built as a National School in 1872, but was closed between 1926 and 1929, after which it re-opened as a primary school. It closed for the last time in 1961.[2]

Today, the village forms part of the civil parish of Westborough and Dry Doddington, which had a population of 335 in 2001. Before 1931 Dry Doddington was a separate parish.[3]

The village public house is The Wheatsheaf Inn on Main Street.[4]


The village, on a small hill called Lincoln Hill, is surrounded by the River Witham to the west and south. The village of Claypole is to the north and Westborough and Long Bennington 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. The East Coast Main Line passes 1 mile to the north-east.

The Church of St JamesEdit

The parish church, dedicated to St James, has a west-ward leaning tower. It is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 12th century, with an early 14th-century tower. It was restored in 1876.[5][6]

Recent restoration work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has brought the 14th century tower back to its former glory. The tower boasts an impressive tilt of 5.1 degrees, leaning more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy which is now tilted at 3.97 degrees.[7]

The church contains a memorial to a No. 49 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster that crashed near the village on 26 November 1944. The aircraft, called 'O-Oboe', was piloted by F/O Le Marquand (PB432). It had only been in the air for a few minutes before it crashed, laden with bombs and fuel. Whilst five members of the crew survived, Norman Langley, the wireless operator and air gunner, and Edward Blake, the mid-upper gunner, were killed.[8]


  1. ^ "Stocking deserted medieval village". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Dry Doddington CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Dry Doddington". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The Wheatsheaf", geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2011
  5. ^ Historic England. "St James, Dry Doddington (323937)". PastScape. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "St James Dry Doddington (1253449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ "More Tilt than Pisa Tower Could Boost Dry Doddington Visits." BBC News Services. BBC, 12 October 2015. Web. <https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-34504739>.
  8. ^ "Dry Doddington Memorial". Bomber History. Malcolm Brooke/49 Squadron Association. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.

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