There was a Society of Friends Meeting-house and burial ground here in the 1700 and 1800's. The Meeting House dates from 1701 and still stands near the centre of the village. Wendy PARKINSON provides a a photo of the Friends' Meeting House on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
The Wesleyan Methodists built a large chapel here in 1812, replacing it with a larger one in 1858. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Brant Broughton, not to be confused with Broughton by Brigg, is a parish and village about 8 miles east of Newark on Trent and 12 miles south of Lincoln. To the north lies Carlton le Moorland parish, to the south is Stragglethorpe and to the west are Stapleford and Beckingham parishes. The parish covers about 2,990 acres. The farms called Broughton Clays, two miles west of the village, are part of the parish.
The River Brant flows northward on the east side of the village. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the village of Brant Broughton lies just north off of the A17 trunk road between Newark and Sleaford.
The parish had a place called "The Fox", but the single entry I have does not identify it as a pub or a beerhouse. I suspect it was a Public House. The Fox is mentioned in 1842 and the victualler is Wm. BRUNT.
The parish had a Red Lion Public House for two centuries. In addition to stables for horses, it also advertised for cyclists and travellers. The names associated with the Inn in directories are:
Wm. ATKIN, vict.
Thomas GOODMAN, tailor
James Henry PORTER, vict.
Geo. PEARCE, propr.
Opening around 1800, The Generous Briton Public House is a local center for communication and comraderie. Stop in and ask about their history. Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Generous Briton at Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
The principal landowner in 1872 was Sir John SUTTON, baronet, who held over half the parish. The rest was held principally by Colonel REEVE, the Rev. Henry HOUSON, William ROLLINGSON, and the DUNN, MILLINGTON, WILSON families.
In 1913, the principal landowner was the Earl of Lendesborough, followed by Christopher Henry MORLEY, Mr. Edwin Cartwright SNEATH, Mr. John ANDREWS, Mr. John ROBINSON and Mr. Robert KELSEY.
The name Broughton is common throughout England and it derives from the Old English broc+tun, or "farmstead by a brook". However, this Broughton derives from Old English burh+tun, or "fortified farmstead." It first appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Burtune, and by 1250 the "Brant" had been prepended to make the name more unique: Brendebrocton. The name Brant could derive from either of two Old English words, Branta or Brent. The first is a personal name, the second means "Holy place" or "high place". ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]
Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate petty sessional hearings.
In 1691, Randolph PATTINSON left a yearly rent-charge of 23 shillings for the poor.
In 1736, William TYRWHITT laid out £50 to purchase land for the poor, called the Southing Close. This was then rented by other farmers and the income distributed to the poor.
After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the NewarkPoor Law Union.
In 1860, Sir John SUTTON had six cottages erected, each with a small garden attached. These were let to six poor deserving widows of the parish. You can see his almshouses on Geograph, photographed by Jonathan THACKER.
Around 1900, a Mr. BUSH left a small charity for the poor of the parish.