Bardney  Lincolnshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bardney like this:

BARDNEY, a village and a parish in the district and county of Lincoln. The village stands on the river Witham, adjacent to the Lincoln and Boston railway, 5½ miles E by S of Lincoln; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Wragby. It dates from ancient times; and was called by the Saxons Bardanig or Bealthanig. ...

The parish includes also the hamlet of Southrow. Acres, 5, 490. Real property, £8, 653. Pop., l,425. Houses, 298. An abbey was founded, about ½ a mile west of the village, in 697, by Ethelred, king of Mercia; who himself afterwards became abbot of it till his death. It is said to have had 300 monks; but was destroyed, in 870, by the Danes; lay in ruins upwards of 200 years; was re-edified, in the time of William the Conqueror, for Benedictine monks, by Gilbert de Gaunt, Earl of Lincoln; and passed, at the dissolution, to Sir Robert Tirwhit. The later abbots were styled Lords of Lindsey, and were peers in parliament. Not a vestige of the edifice now exists. A large barrow occurs in theneighbourhood, said to have been the grave of King Ethelred; and is surmounted by a modern cross, erected to his memory. The parish is a meet for the Burton hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £300.* Patron, the Bishop of Lincoln. The church consists of nave, aisle, chancel, and tower. There are three Wesleyan chapels. A free school has £136, and other charities £70.

Bardney through time

Bardney is now part of West Lindsey district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Lindsey has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bardney itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bardney, in West Lindsey and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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