Grayingham is both a parish and a village about nine miles northeast of Gainsborough and ten miles south of Scunthorpe. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Kirton in Lindsey parish, on the east by the old Roman Road "Ermine Street", and to the south by Blyborough parish. The parish covers about 1,730 acres. The parish is on the Cliff range and a tributary of the River Eau rises from this parish.
Grayingham is a small village. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A15 trunk road north out of Lincoln (or south from Scunthorpe) and turn west onto the B1205. After about a mile, and past the B1398, turn south into the village.
Inside the parish church is a small but lovely marble and carved stone Memorial which reads:
IN MEMORY OF THESE MEN WHO FOR KING AND COUNTRY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WAR.
HERBERT SIMPSON MAY 9 1915
FRED HARRISON JULY 31 1917
SYDNEY DOUGLAS JULY 24 1920
Steve MORSE tells us (2006):
"Herbert Simpson was in 'D' Company 2nd Lincolns. He may have been a regular and the Battalion came back from Bermuda at the start of the war. 25th Brigade, 8th Division. he would have died in The Battle of Aubers (Ridge) 9th May 1916. He is commemorated on the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) Memorial. This memorial should have been closer to were the men died but the French would not have it. Luckily the Belgians gave land just inside their border. Interesting place - Hitler was near there as was Churchill. The 1914 Christmas Truce also took place near there. Fred Harrison - He shows the problems encountered without service number and battalion - Two Fred Harrison's (at least) died on 31 July 1917 and are both on the Menin Gate Memorial. Neither on the CWGC site gives any extra detail. - but - He was in the 2nd Lincolns and from Horncastle. He would have died in the first battle of 3rd Ypres (sometimes called Passchendaele by people who should know better) The 1st battle of 3rd Ypres being - Battle of Pilckem 31st July - 2nd August 1917. Sydney Douglas was in the 2nd Manchester Regt but from Grimsby. Despite dying in 1920 he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial (nothing changes)."
The name Grayingham comes from the Old English Gra(ga)+inga+ham for "homestead of the family of a man named Graeg". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Graingeham. A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
White's 1842 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John BOOTH, Sarah COPEMAN, Thos. ELSTON, John HILL, Thos. NICHOLSON, George SLEIGHTHOLM, John SMITHSON, Thos. STEPHENSON, and Rev. Wm. VERELST.
White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John ADSON, John West COUPLAND, Miss NICHOLSON, William W. PARR, William Brilliatt SLEIGHTHOLM, and Rev. John WHITE.
White's 1882 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John West COUPLAND, Miss Barbara M. GIBBS, George HOLLINGSWORTH, Benjamin MOORE, Thos. A. NICHOLSON, Wm. Watts PARR, GEORGE PECK, William Brilliatt SLEIGHTHOLME, and Rev. John WHITE.
Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Rev. George JAMESON, John C. NICHOLSON, Benjamin MOORE, Edit COUPLAND, Wm. GLOVER, William John NICHOLSON, and William Billiatt SLEIGHTHOLME.
Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Rev. George Browne JAMESON, Robert ANDERSON, William GLOVER, William Billiatt SLEIGHTHOLME, George SPACIE and Joseph WRIGHT.