Baston is both a village and parish just over three miles northwest of Market Deeping. Much of the parish is reclaimed Fen and part of the land is on an ancient gravel and sand fan left over from the ancient Fen Lake from about 18,000 years ago. The West Glen River forms the parish's north boundary. Across the river to the north lies Thurlby parish and to the west is Greatford. To the south is Langtoft parish. Remnants of the Roman Car Dyke run through the parish. The area is about 3,200 acres of flat fenland, drained by many small canals.
If you are planning a visit:
The A15 trunk road from Bourne to Market Deeping runs through the west end of the village.
You'll know you are there when you see Rodney BURTON's photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.
"Historia Brittonum" tells us that King Arthur fought his first battle in the area to stop the spread of the Angles and Saxons. A large Anglo-Saxon burial plot has been found near King Street and was in use up to about the year 500, which corresponds with the start of Arthur's exploits.
Gravel extraction has historically been an active occupation here.
Ancient Saxon pottery has been found in a field near the village.
Baston suffered heavily from the Plague that devistated much of Europe in the early 1600s.
The booklet "Baston Through The Ages" was published in 1999, delivered to 500 houses for free, and published in 2000 in colour by the Baston Environmental group. It is 90 pages and covers 6000 years. Thank you, Peter RAYNER, 2010.
The name Baston is from the Old Scandinavian Bak+tun, or "farmstead of a man called Bak". It appeared as Bacstune in the 1086 Domesday Book. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
This place was an ancient parish in the county of Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
The parish was in the ancient Ness Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
On 1 April, 1931, the parish was enlarged by 91 acres when Barholm CIvil Parish was abolished. This parish also lost 11 acres to Langtoft Civil Parish, but gained 233 acres from Tallington C.P. and another 583 acres from Uffington C.P.
To contact local governance, visit the Baston Parish Council. Be aware that they will not assist with family history research.