A Short History of Wold Newton

The history of Wold Newton is a long one!  Archaeological investigation, in particular by Contour Geophysics, has revealed evidence of extensive settlement, spanning a period from the Bronze Age to Roman times, within the parish and near to the existing village, in what are now arable fields.  However, the etymology of the name, Wold Newton, dates the village only to about 8th century when the settlement as we know it today probably began with the founding of an Anglo Saxon farm in a landscape still recovering from the decimation wrought by the climatic disasters and disease of the 6th century.  (See the extract below from an article on the idiosyncrasies of Lincolnshire place names - "Azure Mouse, Bloater Hill, Goose Puddings, and One Land called the Cow: continuity and conundrums in Lincolnshire minor names" by Richard Coates University of the West of England/University of Sussex, September 1970 and Science Magazine: Why 536 was the worst year to be alive.)  

The name, Wold Newton, should perhaps be seen in the context of there having been a Wold old 'ton' which was abandoned some time after the Romans left, the ruins of which may well have been visible when folk decided to give the area another go later in the millennium.

Accepting Ralph Waldo Emerson's view, that history is subjective, we haven't attempted to write a history but rather we have gathered together in scrapbook form as much evidence as we can find of the place and of the people who lived in and influenced the village, to enable you to form your own view.
ĉ
David Buckle,
29 Dec 2010, 09:25
Comments