Hogsthorpe is both a village and a parish that lies in the north part of Orby Marsh about 2 miles from the North Sea, a mile west of Chapel St. Leonards, 7 miles north of Skegness and 6 miles south-east of Alford on the A52 trunk road. Addlethorpe parish is immediately to the south, Mumby parish to the north. There use to be a small village called Slackholme just to the south of the village of Hogsthorpe. The parish covers 2,971 acres, most of which is converted salt marsh.
The name Hogsthorpe is from the Old Scandinavian Hogg's+thorp, or "hamlet of a man named Hogg". It appeared in the 12th century as Hocgestorp. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
One of the early Lords of the Manor in Hogsthorpe was Stephen CRACROFT (ca 1200-1300), son of Walter. In the last century, another family became prominent, that of 1st Viscount Addison (1869-1951). Christopher ADDISON was born on 19 June 1869, the youngest son of Robert Addison and Susan Fanthorpe. His papers have been compiled at the Bodleian Library.