Great Steeping is a parish 123 miles north of London, 3 miles east-south-east of Spilsby and west of Skegness. Halton Holgate parish lies to the west. The parish includes the hamlet of Monksthorpe and covers about 1,750 acres.
Great Steeping village lies north and east of the Steeping River (also known as The River Limb). If you are considering a visit to the parish:
David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the War Memorial for World War I in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
The RAF built an airfield here during World War II and it opened for action on 20 Sept. 1943 as a satellite airfield to RAF East Kirkby. It soon became a full station in its own right under the name "RAF Spilsby".
Wikipedia tells us that "In 1944 a Spilsby based 207 Squadron airman, Flying Officer Denys Street was one of the real escapees from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III and was one of the fifty executed by the Gestapo in the aftermath of the mass escape that was later filmed as The Great Escape."
On the 10th of April, 1944, an accident in a fusing shed caused a 1,000 lb bomb to explode, killing 10 men. This incident is memorialized in the RAF Spilsby Memorial.
Peter SKYNNER has a photograph of the RAF Spilsby Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2012. The memorial is located in Great Steeping at the site of a bomb dump.
He also has a photograph of the Memorial plaque on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
The airfield was closed in 1946 and placed on "care and maintenance." The airfield saw some use in the Cold War period after the Korean War, but was eventually torn up in the late 1970s.