In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Folkingham like this:
FALKINGHAM, or Folkingham, a small town and a parish in Bourn district, Lincoln. The town stands on an eminence, commanding extensive views, 8 miles NE of Corby r. station, and 10½ E by S of Grantham; is a seat of sessions; and has a head post office, ‡ a banking office, a prison, a church, a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £15. The prison occupies the site of a castle, which was built about 1280, by Henry de Bellomonte, and destroyed by Cromwell; serves as a county house of correction for the parts of Kesteven; and has capacity for 31 males and 4 females. ...
The church has a good tower, with eight crocketted pinnacles; and was repaired in 1859. A weekly market is held on Thursday; and fairs on Ash-Wednesday, Palm-Monday, 13 May, 14 and 15 June, 3 and 4 July, the Thursday after Old Michaelmas, and 22 Nov. The parish comprises 1,861 acres. Real property, £3, 649. Pop., 650. Houses, 134. The manor was given, by William the Conqueror, to Gilbert de Gaunt; and passed to the De Bellomontes or Beaumonts. A large ancient camp, with deep fosse and lofty vallum, lies to the SE of the town. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Laughton, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £511. Patron, Lord Aveland.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Folkingham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Kesteven. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Folkingham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Folkingham, in South Kesteven and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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