Infobox UK place|
official_name= Tetford
country= England
region= East Midlands
population= ?
os_grid_reference= TF3374
latitude= 53.25
longitude= -0.01
post_town= HORNCASTLE
postcode_area= LN
postcode_district= LN9
dial_code= 01507
civil_parish= Tetford
shire_district= East Lindsey
shire_county= Lincolnshire

Tetford is both a village and a parish in the Lincolnshire Wolds, convert|6.5|mi|km northeast of Horncastle, convert|10|mi|km south of Louth and convert|8|mi|km northwest of Spilsby. It is in a shallow valley, situated at the bottom of 320 m high ridge on which runs the Bluestone Heath Road. The parish covers about convert|1730|acre|km2.

The roads in the village form a figure eight.


Tetford was recorded as ´Tesforde´ in the Domesday Book and as having a mill, probably on the site of the present 17th century watermill near the centre of the village.

The parish contains traces of ancient encampments thought to be from Saxon times. It is reputed to be the site where Raengeires, a Briton, defeated the Saxon general Horsa in a great battle.

In 1841, the parish was noted for its fertilizer production (from burnt limestone).


Tetford lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, running from Louth in the north, to Horncastle in the south.


A place of worship has stood on the site of the " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/515646 Church of St. Mary] " for over 900 years. The present building erected in the 14th century is built of local greenstone and had a tower added in 15th. century. Outside the north-east of the chancel, is a headstone to two gypsies, Tyso Boswell and Edward Hearin, killed by lightning in 1830.

Inside is a memorial to Captain Edward Dymoke who was the champion of George II. His helmet and breastplate are above the tablet high on the arch high up to on the right hand side of the main worship area. The inscription reads: "To the Memory of Captain Edward Dymoke, cousin of Lewis Dymoke of Scrivelsby. Champion to King George 2nd. Interred March 5th 1749 also John Dymoke Gent, nephew of the above. Interred July 23rd. 1748. Also of Mrs. Jane Dymoke his wife, Interred July 27th. 1745".

The church was restored in 1910 and seats about 250.


The Edward Richardson Primary School was founded via a bequest from Edward Richardson's will in 1714 of a cottage and about convert|7|acre|m2 of land towards teaching the poor children of Tetford and Salmonby. In 1821 A National School was built and enlarged in 1897 and 1899.


The White Hart Inn, parts of which date from the 16th century, was once the meeting place of the "Tetford Club" for local gentry, whose members included Tennyson from nearby Somersby.

There is also a doctor's surgery and a number of other businesses.


Tetford & Salmonby Scarecrow Festival

Tetford and its neighbour Salmonby hold an annual Scarecrow Festival. Households build impressive scarecrows and display them outside their houses during May every year. The scarecrows are modelled on TV and films persons, historic figures, contemporary figures and fictional icons.

It is largely dedicated to raising funds for the 14th Church however, part of the proceeds of the weekend are shared with other local charitable organisations in the village. The Scarecrow Trail is just over one mile (1.6 km).


During the 2007 United Kingdom floods the village was affected with the road being flooded on East Road and West Road causing the north of the village to be cut-off from the south of the village. These pictures show the flooding near the doctor's surgery on West Road:-

External links

* [http://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ East Lindsey District Council website]
* [http://www.edward-richardson.lincs.sch.uk/ The Edward Richardson Primary School]
* [http://www.loutheye.co.uk/scarecrow.php Salmonby and Tetford Scarecrow Festival]
* [http://www.tetfordcountrycottages.co.uk/index.html Tetford Country Cottages]
* [http://www.tetfordfabrics.co.uk/index.html Tetford Fabrics]
* [http://www.tetfordunited.com/ Tetford United Football Club]
* [http://www.meridianmeats.co.uk/longhorns.htm Meridian Meats]

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