Theddlethorpe Village

The village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book as TELAGESTROP and at the time it was compiled the village was divided amongst several owners, including the Bishop of Lincoln. In 1115 it appears as TEDOLFORP and owes its name to the old English word “thaed” which meant people (tribe). “Thorpe” is from the Old Norse word which means an outlying settlement, such as a farm, so it is the “people’s farm”.

In the early 1800’s the population of Theddlethorpe was greater than the combined total of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, that being around 400 compared with about 650 today.

Like then and still today one of the main industries is farming but the difference today is that there are very few people employed in the industry, the total land area being approximately 4000 acres. The soil is strong loam with clay subsoil, before much of the land was drained it was principally rich grazing land. Today a few examples of these “rig and furrow” fields can be still be identified.

No village is any good without an Inn. Theddlethorpe used to have three but only one the Kings Head remains. The others were “The Engine” in Mablethorpe Road and “The Ship” on the seaside of the village.

The village also has a popular Primary School and two churches.

The village can boast one of the best beaches in the County, there is a vast expanse of sand with the only down side the sea can be along way out.

The largest commercial organisation in the area is the National Grid Gas Terminal.

The National Nature Reserve Theddlethorpe Saltfleetby Dunes is a major coastal wildlife conservation area with 6 miles of dunes between Mablethorpe in the south and Saltfleet in the north. With car parking, trails and information signs it is an ideal family facility.