infobox historic subdivision
Name= Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven
Status= Administrative county
Start= 1889
End= 1974
Replace= Lincolnshire

The Parts of Kesteven are a traditional subdivision of Lincolnshire, England. This subdivision had long had a separate county administration (Quarter Sessions), along with the other two parts Lindsey and Holland).


The word "Kesteven" is supposed to have derived from two root words: the Celtic "ced" meaning wood (cf. Modern Welsh "coed") + the Old English "stefna", a meeting place. It is pronounced as either IPA2|kəˡstiːvən or IPA2|ˡkɛstəvən.

Administrative Areas

Local Government Act 1888

The three parts were given separate elected county councils in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888, and recognised as administrative counties. These separate county councils were abolished in 1974 and Lincolnshire (minus the northern part of Lindsey) had a single county council for the first time, although the name survives in the districts of North Kesteven and South Kesteven. Kesteven lies in the south-west of Lincolnshire. It includes the towns of:

* Bourne
* Bracebridge
* Grantham
* Market Deeping
* Ruskington
* Sleaford
* Stamford

Kesteven was historically divided into the wapentakes of Aswardhurn, Aveland, Beltisloe, Boothby Graffoe, Flaxwell, Langoe, Loveden, Ness, and Winnibriggs and Threo. Grantham and Stamford were administered separately.

Local Government Act 1894

Under the Local Government Act 1894 Kesteven was divided into a number of rural district and urban districts based on earlier sanitary districts:

*Bourne Rural District
*Branston Rural District
*Grantham Rural District
*Branston Rural District
*Claypole Rural District
*Sleaford Rural District
*Uffington Rural District

The urban districts and boroughs were:
*Grantham (borough)
*Stamford (borough)

Bourne urban district was abolished in 1920, with Bourne becoming a parish in Bourne Rural District. Bracebridge became part of the county borough of Lincoln that same year, becoming associated with the Parts of Lindsey.

Local Government Act 1929

The rural districts were re-organised by a County Review Order in 1929, to create four new districts named after points of the compass:

*East Kesteven Rural District
*North Kesteven Rural District
*South Kesteven Rural District
*West Kesteven Rural District

Ruskington became part of the East Kesteven district.

Local Government Act 1972

Most recently, in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the four rural districts merged into two district councils:

*North Kesteven District Council - A merger of North and East Rural Districts
*South Kesteven District Council - A merger of South and West Rural Districts

= Barony =

There is an extinct barony: Baron Kesteven. Margaret Thatcher took 'of Kesteven' as the territorial designation for her peerage, and is titled "The Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven".

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