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Sapperton

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In the 1890 district reorganisation, this parish was allocated to the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 622
1851 H.O. 107 / 2102
1861 R.G. 9 / 2347
1871 R.G. 10 / 3354
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Sapperton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church is of Norman origin. It is built on some early English piers which date back before the Norman Conquest. A partial restoration was done in 1897.
  • The church currently is smaller than it was in ancient times.
  • The church spire was struck by lightening in 1951, which damaged the tower.
  • The church only seats 50.
  • There is a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under her "Still more Lincolnshire churches".
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Nicholas Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1813 (older ones were destroyed), but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1562.
  • There is a monument to the SAUNDERS family in the church.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In the 1890 district reorganisation, this parish was allocated to the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Sapperton is both a parish and a small village standing on a rise about 7 miles east of Grantham, 7 miles north of Corby (Corby Glen) and 4 miles north-west of Folkingham. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Braceby parish, to the south by Lenton parish and to the east by Pickworth parish. The parish covers about 679 acres.

Sapperton is a small village, off the main roads. If you are planning a visit:

  • The railway stopped servicing this village in 1965.
  • The town can be accessed off of the A52 trunk road east of Grantham. Turn south at Ropsley. At the south end of the village, turn east again for Sapperton.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the road and sign for Sapperton on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Sapperton which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Sapperton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

History

  • The ancient Roman Road from Peterborough to the Humber passes within a hundred yards to the west of the village. Part of that road is the straight stretch that leads south to Lenton village.
  • The hamlet of Sapperton was abandoned after the Black Plague swept through Lincolnshire, killing about 30% of the people. For many years, the area was used as sheep pasture. Obviously a few hardy souls decided to live and form a village here at some point.

Land and Property

  • In 1841, Sir W. E. WELBY was the sole landowner.
  • In 1872, Sir G. E. WELBY-GREGORY, baronet, was the sole landowner.
  • In 1900 and 1913, Sir Charles Glynne Earle WELBY, baronet, was the owner of all the land in the parish.

Manors

  • The SAUNDERS family had a mansion here, but it was taken down in 1710.
  • Bob DANYLEC has a photograph of the current Manor House next to the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • Rex NEEDLE also has a photograph of the manor house at Sapperton on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2000.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF018339 (Lat/Lon: 52.892898, -0.488257), Sapperton which are provided by:

Military Records

Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Rudkin memorial window in the church, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.

For more information on the Sapperton War Memorial see the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Sapperton comes from the Old English sapere+tun for "farmstead of the soap makers". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Sapretone.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1841 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Wm. DENNIS, Hy. FOSTER, Wm. HOLLINGSWORTH, John SARDISON and John WASS.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BAILEY, BLAND, DENNIS, FOSTER, HOLLINGWORTH, SARDESON and WASS.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John REYNOLDS (Sexton), Henry Minta FOSTER and James Cecil RUDKIN.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: William CODDINGTON (Sexton), Henry Minta FOSTER and James Cecil RUDKIN.

Politics and Government

  • Sapperton was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and it became an "ancient" parish some time after 1535. It became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • The parish was also within the Soke of Grantham.
  • The civil parish was dissolved in April, 1931, and the land given over to surrounding parishes. Braceby received 679 acres. The Civil Parish is now called "Braceby and Sapperton Civil Parish".
  • For the purposes of local democracy, since this parish has only about 60 residents, the parish is administered as part of adjacent Ropsley and Humby Parish Council.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 79
1841 62
1851 61
1861 51
1871 49
1881 40
1891 53
1911 41

Schools

  • The children of this parish attended school at Ropsley.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.