A Short History of Wold Newton

The history of Wold Newton is a long one!  The etymology of the name, Wold Newton, dates the village to about the 8th century, when the settlement as we know it today probably began with the founding of an Anglo Saxon farm in what was then a largely Danish landscape.  (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.)  

However, archaeological evidence indicates much earlier settlement in the area.  An aerial survey during the drought of 2018 revealed evidence of extensive settlement a few hundred yards to the west of the church spanning a period from the Bronze Age to Roman times.  The name, Wold Newton, should perhaps be seen in the context of there having been an old 'ton' which was probably abandoned soon 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 millenium.

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.
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David Buckle,
29 Dec 2010, 09:25
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