East Ferry

East Ferry is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[1] It is situated 6 miles (10 km) west from Scotter, and on the eastern bank of the River Trent opposite Owston Ferry. The population of the civil parish (including Wildsworth) as at the 2011 census was 204.[2]

East Ferry
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Approaching the village from the east, the bank of the Trent visible across the road junction
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River Trent near the site of the Ferry
East Ferry is located in Lincolnshire
East Ferry
East Ferry
Location within Lincolnshire
Population204 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK815995
• London135 mi (217 km) S
Civil parish
  • East Ferry
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGainsborough
Postcode districtDN21
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°29′09″N 0°46′24″W / 53.4859°N 0.7732°W / 53.4859; -0.7732Coordinates: 53°29′09″N 0°46′24″W / 53.4859°N 0.7732°W / 53.4859; -0.7732

A Tidal bore known as the Trent Aegir can be observed on this stretch of the Trent.[3][4]


East Ferry was founded in the 13th century around a ferry crossing;[5] the ferry ran until the 1940s.[3] Previously it was also known as East Kinnard's Ferry,[6] and was part of the Corringham Wapentake. A Medieval chapel in the village, dedicated to St Laurence, is described as decayed in the 16th century, but survived into the late 18th century.[5] There were a further two chapels: one to St Mary (rebuilt about 1800), the other for Primitive Methodists.[6]

In 1872 East Ferry was described as "a township in Scotter parish, Lincolnshire; 6 miles West of Scotter. Pop. 104."[7]

An ancient logboat, found in 1903, was once in Scunthorpe Museum, but is now lost.[8]


  1. ^ "East Ferry Parish Meeting". Lincolnshire.gov.uk
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Owston Ferry". Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. isleofaxholme.net
  4. ^ "Trent Aegir". Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Environment Agency
  5. ^ a b Historic England. "East Ferry (891758)". PastScape. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 594
  7. ^ Wilson, John Marius, ed. (1872). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 60924". PastScape. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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