Description in 1877:
"Bottesford, a large and well-built village and parish in Framland Hundred, Grantham Union and County Court District, in 1871 had 1315 inhabitants, living in 300 houses, on 5010 acres of land. The rateable value of the parish is £9285. It is situated on the banks of the small river Devon in the Vale of Belvoir, and lies in the north-eastern apex of the county 4 miles N of Belvoir Castle, W. by N. of Grantham and 16 E of Nottingham, having a station on the Grantham and Nottingham Railway.....The manor anciently called Bottles ford or Bocklesford, has been held by the owner of Belvoir since the time of the Norman Conquest. The church,(St. Mary's) is a large and handsome cruciform structure of fourteenth and fifteenth century work, with alterations made after the Reformation, and consists of a nave, spacious chancel, having aclerestory windows, two aisles, south porch, and north and south transept, with a square tower at the west end, and surmounted by a handsome octagonal crocketed spire, rising to the height of 222 feet, of which the tower measures 87 feet. The tower contains a fine peal of six bells, re-hung in 1869." [White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877]
Note: There is a Bottesford parish in Lincolnshire, often confused with this one.
Bottesford is both a parish and a village about 100 miles north of London and they lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The county boundary of Lincolnshire lies to the east. The town of Grantham is 5 and a half miles to the east, Melton Mobray is 17 miles to the south and Newark is 11 miles to the north. The River Devon runs through the west side of the parish. The parish covers about 1,500 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A52 westward out of Granthm toward Nottingham. The village is just north of the road after passing Sedgebrook.
Roll up your cuffs if you are visiting in winter. You may have to wade! Julian P. Guffogg provides a picture of recent flooding on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
You can see pictures of Bottesford which are provided by:
In the 1830s Bottesford families were encouraged to emigrate to save their being chargeable to the parish and were offered £1 plus their fare to emigrate. Village labourers had pay cuts and many local farmers agreed only to employ local men.
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of churchyard gravestones on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008. The eight stones in the foreground are Commonwealth War Graves of aircrew from nearby RAF Bottesford who died in a crash..