About a mile south of the village of Appleby is Thornholm where there was a Priory of Augustine canons founded by King Stephen. Only traces of the foundations survive today. The Priory was dissolved in 1538.
The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
The church was rebuilt around 1838.
The church nave and tower were partly rebuilt in 1882.
The church seats 210.
There is a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Paul Fenwick.
This village and parish is in the north of Lincolnshire on the old Roman Road known as Ermine Street, just a few miles from the conubation of Scunthorpe. The Old River Ancholme flows by just east of the village. The parish of Roxby with Risby borders on the north and west, with Broughton parish to the south. From the M180 motorway, take exit 4 and head due north until you come on to the B1207. Follow that road into Appleby.
The fine stand of forest in the south of the parish is part of the Broughton Woodlands. The parish covers 6164 acres of land. It includes the hamlets of High and Low Santon (near Scunthorpe) and Raventhorpe. If you are planning a visit:
The name Appleby is from the Old Scandinavian aeppel+by, or "farmstead where apples grow". In 1130, the village name is given as Aplebi. The name also appears in Leicestershire. ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991].