TATTERSHALL AND TATTERSHALL THORPE VILLAGE SITE

Castle College Church .Station Lock
Tom Thumb Bede Houses Visitor Centre Pumping Engine Market Place
Butter Cross   Carr Woods The Village  

 

    About the Village

Tattershall is a busy village of some 2,500 inhabitants, situated between the Fens and the Wolds of Lincolnshire, roughly in the centre of the county.  The village has grown up between the River Witham and the River Bain.  In 1086 it was known as Tatesala, which possibly derived from the old English word meaning 'Tathere's Nook of Land'.  At the same time Thorpe was known as Torp, from the old Danish for Secondary Settlement.  At sometime in the past, Thorpe was the major settlement, though it is now a large hamlet.

 
Tattershall Picnic Site showing trees and open grassed area   Historically, Tattershall was a self sufficient farming community with the wide range of rural services necessary for the local population.  However, it is a village with modern services and amenities.  Local people are able to either work locally or take advantage of easy access to other towns.   Many of the inhabitants have connections with the RAF station in  neighbouring Coningsby.   Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Flight based at RAF Coningsby
         
Tattershall Castle and moat   The first thing that visitors to the village of Tattershall notice is Tattershall Castle, which was built of brick.  The Castle was the work of Ralph Cromwell, Lord High Treasurer under Henry VI.  Though the Castle itself is not visible from a great distance, a wonderful view over the countryside can be seen from the roof.  The Cathedral in Lincoln and the Boston Stump can both be seen on a clear day.    Tattershall Castle
         
Butter Cross situated in Tattershall Market place   The hub of the village is the Market Place and Green.  The Market Place is now a part of the conservation area and a lot of work has been done to make it attractive to both residents and visitors.  The Buttercoss dates from the 15th century when the market was granted by King John in return for a well trained Goshawk   Tattershall village sign

 

 

 

   
Tom Thumbs House situated in Tattershall Market place   September always saw a fair for sheep, cattle and horses.  Markets are no longer held, but all shopping can be done here.  More recent additions are the village sign and the sundial which celebrates the new millennium.  Those who want to wander round the village and enjoy it's variety will find parking spaces behind the supermarket.   Millenium Monument, a sundial
         
Tattershall church   Tattershall also boasts a large parish church - Holy Trinity - which is next to the Castle.  Ralf Cromwell rebuilt the church and also found the college.  Inside can be found some memorial brasses, and also the grave of Tom Thumb!  His house is reputed to be the building on the roof of a house in the Market Place.  Next to the church are the Bedehouses, which predate the Castle and present Church.   Tattershall Bede Houses
         
  Walkers will find paths, which connect with those in Coningsby to allow pleasant strolls by the river and through farmland.  Anglers are also catered for in several locations.  Golfers and watersport enthusiasts are also well catered for along with many other sporting activities.  
         
Footbridge over River Bain,Tattershall Cut   Tattershall Thorpe is quieter than the main village, and retains more of its rural atmosphere.  Here are to be found ancient woods open for walkers,  Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, with memorabilia from WW2 housed in wartime huts and of course, the local pub, The Blue Bell Inn is surely one  to visit.   Blue Bell Inn Tattershall Thorpe
         
Tattershall and Thorpe can offer shops, pubs, accommodation, a busy village hall and varied clubs and groups. Many of us enjoy the friendly atmosphere and amenities in our village and hope you will too, when you visit Tattershall and Tattershall Thorpe.
 

 

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