Byard's Leap is not an ancient parish of Lincolnshire, but its history goes back centuries. It was formed as a separate civil parish in 1858 under an act of Queen Victoria. The parish was six miles WNW of Sleaford and 12 miles north of Grantham on the Old Roman Road, just about where the A17 trunk road crosses it now. North Rauceby parish lies to the southeast and Cranwell parish to the Northeast.
It contained a farm of 250 acres, belonging in 1871 to Colonel John REEVE and occupied by Richard BESTALL, and a couple of cottages. In 1913, the farm was still in the REEVE family, but occupied by Thomas MAYFIELD. The parish has since been amalgamated with Cranwell parish.
There is no village here, but the RAF College is nearby. If you are planning a visit:
- Take the A17 trunk road between Newark-on-Trent and Sleaford.
- Note that there are two protected roadside verges in Byards Leap under the protection of the Lincolnshire Trust.
- Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Byard's Leap which are provided by:
- The national grid reference is SK 9849.
- You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
- See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK980490 (Lat/Lon: 53.029299, -0.540157), Byard's Leap which are provided by: