Axholme  Lincolnshire


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

AXHOLME (Isle of), an insulated tract, between the rivers Trent, Idle, and Don, in the extreme NW of Lincolnshire. It comprises the parishes of Althorpe, Belton, Crowle, Epworth, Haxey, Luddington, and Owston. Its length, north-north-eastward, is 17 miles; and its mean breadth is about 4¼ miles. ...

The surface is low, flat, and naturally marshy. A forest seems anciently to have covered it; and remains of trees are found a few feet below the surface. The body of a woman, supposed to have lain from the time of Edward I., was found in a state of entire preservation, in 1747, in a morass near Amcotts. A castle of the Mowbrays, razed in 1174, stood at Haxey, then called Axel; and thence arose the name of Axelholm, now altered into Axholme.

Axholme through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd June 2021

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