Bottesford is a village and a parish in the north of Lincolnshire, with the village now part of the Scunthorpe conurbation. The parish itself lies to the WSW of Scunthorpe, just south of Burringham parish and extends to the River Trent. East Butterworth and Messingham parishes are to the south. The western portion of the parish is rural farmland. In ancient times, the parish included the hamlets of Ashby, Burringham, Holme and Yaddlethorpe. Bottesford Beck is a small stream in the parish. In 1861 the parish covered 7,470 acres.
Ashby became its own parish in 1899. Burringham also became a parish in its own right from portions of Bottesford.
The "village" of Bottesford is bounded the Bottesford Beck on the south. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the village is perhaps best reached off of the A159 trunk road that runs between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough.
If you expect to visit Bottesford, bring your golf clubs. The Holme Hall Golf Club, Holme Lane, Bottesford, DN16 3RF, Tel: 01724 862078 sports 18 holes.
Stop and visit Green Acre Park overlooking the River Trent and Valley Park, alongside Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe Hall.
Measles epidemics swept the parish in 1901 and 1906. Influenza did the same in 1891, 1894, 1907, 1910 and 1918. For more on the history of the parish, see the North Lincolnshire Library Local Studies site.
The Lincolnshire Film Archive holds a 7.5 minute silent colour film made in 1972 showing attractive old buildings and Bottesford village scenes, but few people.
Due to the growth of Scunthorpe, iron mining and steel work, the parish has grown considerably in population since 1800.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the parish on her Golden Jubilee tour in 2002.
After the enclosure of Bottesford in 1795, the claim of Thomas PEACOCK to be lord of the manor was accepted and his descendants treated accordingly. One of these descendants, Edward PEACOCK (1831 - 1915), was a noted antiquarian and historian who kept over 15,000 books in his library at Bottesford Hall. The MORLEY family also held a great deal of land in the parish.