Burwell, Lincolnshire

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Burwell Butter Cross - geograph.org.uk - 428318.jpg
Burwell Buttercross
St. Michael's, Burwell, Lincs - geograph.org.uk - 52305.jpg
The redundant church of St Michael
Burwell is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population214 (Including Maidenwell , Muckton and Ruckland. 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF354797
• London125 mi (201 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLouth
Postcode districtLN11
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°17′49″N 0°01′52″E / 53.296985°N 0.031046°E / 53.296985; 0.031046Coordinates: 53°17′49″N 0°01′52″E / 53.296985°N 0.031046°E / 53.296985; 0.031046

Burwell is a small village and Civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[2] It is situated on the A16 road, and north from Spilsby. The village covers approximately 2200 acres (9 km2).


Now a village, Burwell was a medieval market town.[3] Cropmarks indicated the extent of the settlement.[4]

Burwell Priory, which once stood here, was a Benedictine monastery founded at some point before 1110 by Ansgot of Burwell.[5] It was an alien priory belonging to Grande-Sauve Abbey[6] in Aquitaine. It was dissolved in 1427 and sold to the college of Tattershall,[5][7] along with its chapels at Authorpe, Carlton, Muckton, and Walmgate, and other lands around Burwell.[3][8]

The manor house, Burwell Hall, was in Burwell Park, and was built in 1760 for Matthew Lister. It was demolished in 1958, and only the stables remain.[9] The manor itself was previously held by Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland; John, Duke of Bedford; Ralf, Lord Treasurer Cromwell; and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.[3][10] [11]

The parish church of Saint Michael, became redundant on 13 May 1981 and was taken over by the Redundant Churches Fund (now The Churches Conservation Trust) on 27 October 1982. It is Grade I listed.[12] The village also had chapels of the Wesleyan Methodists and United Reformed churches, which merged in 1988 making the Wesleyan building redundant.[13] The combined church has since closed.

Burwell District Council School was built in 1825 as a National School. It closed in December 1941 with only eleven children on the roll.[14]


The Stag's Head

The No. 8 bus service operated by Hunts coaches connects Burwell to Alford and Louth on a Wednesday[15]

Burwell buttercross was converted into a dovecote and is now the village hall. Dating from the beginning of the seventeenth century with later alterations,[16] it is a Grade II listed building.

The village is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Legbourne, based at All Saints church in Legbourne.

There is one public house in the village, the Stags Head which is now closed down.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2015". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Parish council details". East Lindsey district council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 88 ,89; Methuen & Co. Ltd.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Burwell (1050558)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b Page, William, ed. (1 January 1906). "Alien houses: The priory of Burwell". A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2. Victoria County History. pp. 238–239. ISBN 9780712910453. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Burwell Priory (354216)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Site of Burwell Hall. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  10. ^ Historic England. "post Medieval garden associated with Burwell Hall (893252)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  11. ^ Historic England. "post Medieval boundary and haha associated with Burwell Hall (1043762)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Michael (Grade I) (1063684)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  13. ^ Historic England. "Weslyan chapel (1489497)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Burwell District Council School. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Hunts coaches". Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Burwell Butter Cross. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 23 May 2011.

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