Village History

Photograph of Nocton Hall

We can do no better than to publish a short extract from the weekly letter to the publication ‘London Calling’ from 16 March 1950.

'Lincolnshire Village of Nocton' by Muriel Burton

"It is easy to miss the village of Nocton. The first time I went there, on the Lincoln-Sleaford road, I was through it before I realised the existence of any village. A scatter of houses, a gracious farm or two, a church, a tiny post-office-cum-shop: that is all.

True, it is set in rich farming land, its local stone glows a warm yellow, and, if the sun were shining, you might be tempted to stop and look around. But even then you might be tempted to dismiss it quickly as just another charming village with no real history. The hall, you would find, goes back only to 1841, and the church to 1862. So you would get back again into your car and drive away.

But that impression of Nocton could be hopelessly wrong. There are the remains of the Car Dyke, presumed to be a Roman drainage channel constructed by the demobbed veterans who were settled around Lincoln. There is Abbey Field, a few hillocks that are remnants of a twelfth-century priory, and a few pieces of stonework from it. The young church is the third on a site that goes back to Norman times, and the hall is successor to two others that from Norman days have belonged to great families whose names are part of England’s history."

Read some more about the history to this fine village and discover what you might be missing.