Winnibriggs and Threo

Winnibriggs and Threo was an anciently established wapentake (hundred) in the Parts of Kesteven, the south-east division of the English county of Lincolnshire. Most of the administrative functions of the wapentake had been lost to other local units of government by 1832.[1]


The wapentakes of Winnibriggs and Threo (or Threw) were formed in the early Middle Ages. Both are mentioned in Domesday Book.[2] It is unclear when they were merged. In the 1830s the combined wapentake included part of the town of Grantham (The "Soke of Grantham" was usually designated separately in that period.)[3] and of the parishes of Allington (East and West), Barrowby, Boothby Pagnell, Braceby, Colsterworth, Great Ponton, Heydor, Honington, Humby, Little Humby, Little Ponton, North Stoke, Ropsley, Sapperton, Sedgebrook, Somerby, South Stoke, Spittlegate, Stoke, Stroxton, Syston, Welby, Wilsford, Woolsthorpe, and Wyville cum Hungerton.[4]

The area was given as 41,460 acres (16,779 hectares) in 1831.[5] and 31,464 acres in 1851. It is possible that one of these two figures is a misprint. The population was about 3000 in 1198 dwellings in 1831[6] and 7400 in 2238 dwellings in 1861.[7] A list published in 1809 separates Winnibriggs and Threo from the Soke of Grantham and gives constituent parishes for both.[8]

External resourceEdit

Map of the parishes of Winnibriggs and Threo: Retrieved 16 March 2011.


  1. ^ Vision of Britain site: Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ Open Domesday [1] and [2] Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ It was noted in the "Abstract of Answers and Returns" of the Population Act of 1831 that the Soke of Grantham "is surrounded by the Wapentake of Winnibriggs and Threo in a very irregular manner." Selection of Reports and Papers of the House of Commons ..., Volume 57, p. 338. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ Vision...: Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  5. ^ Vision...: Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  6. ^ Vision...: Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  7. ^ John Marius Wilson: Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (Edinburgh: 1870–72).
  8. ^ John Britton etc.: The Beauties of England and Wales, or, Delineations, topographical ..., Vol. 9 (London: 1809). Retrieved 16 March 2012.