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Corringham - Corringham Parva and Corringham Magna

Corringham is a civil parish within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It comprises the two contiguous villages of Great Corringham and Little Corringham and has a total resident population of 430. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Gainsborough and 9 miles (14.5 km) south of Scunthorpe.

Geographically it is the largest parish by acreage.

It is comprised of several hamlets; Aisby, Bonsdale, Dunstall, Gilby Huckerby, Somerby, and Yawthorpe

This is one the oldest parishes in Lincolnshire - with Anglo Saxon beginnings and giving its name to a Wapentake, a Prebendary, and a rural deanery.

An Estate village, with substantial modern housing development. It is an agricultural village.

It has a pro active Parish Council which meets on the first Tuesday of the month.

There is a play field with a village pond.

The village school is a church foundation of 1867 by Sir Thomas Beckett Bart; which has witnessed modern additions during the last few years.

It once had three Methodist chapels, two have survived, one is part of the village hall whilst the other is now a private residence.

The former Blacksmiths is now the garage.

A former toll house still stands on the High St.

The former vicarage was built in 1744.

 

Somerby Hall became the focal point in the late 18c when Sir John Beckett purchased the village and it was his son, Sir Thomas Beckett who made a significant contribution to creating the Corringham we enjoy today.His daughter, Mary, restored the church employing Bodley and Garner to carry out the restoration work.

 

St Laurence's Church, Corringham.

A Grade 1 Listed Church.Featured in Sir Simon Jenkin's 'One Thousand Best Churches' [ 1999] restored by Sir G F Bodley and Thomas Garner.

Today the village has no post office or general store.However it has a public house and motel - the Beckett Arms, a garage that has a small shop attached.And it boasts of an excellent Pork Butchery which Clarissa Dickson - Wright visited and patronised! Corringham is on a bus route. It does have a small surgery which acts as a post office once a week.

It has a village hall or rather two halls for hire with kitchen facilities.The former chapel was pressed into community service with a modern addition alongside it.

Peacock & Billington's serve the agricultural community far and wide from its base on the High St.

There are plans for Gainsborough's expansion and land on the southern edge at Somerby, bordering onto the Town is identifed for housing and also on the northern edge. Such proposed development will significantly impact upon the character and population of the Parish bring new challenges and expectations. If these plans materialise it will make Corringham the largest settlement in West Lindsey after Gainsborough and possibly lead to the renaming of the ward to Corringham Ward.

 

Celebrated People:

Charles Waterton - A Steward of the Environment

There were two important spheres of influence in Corringham; The Old Hall and Somerby Hall. The Old Hall which is on medieval foundations belonged to the Waterton family.They were Catholics and as a result of their religion lost their estates in the reign of Henry VIII. Sir Robert Waterton, Lord of the Manor was knighted on 14 of November 1501 on the marriage of Prince Arthur and Katherine of Aragon. He died 26 February 1540. One of his descendants was implicated in the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Another descendant was Charles Waterton 1782 - 1865, English Naturalist, Explorer of South America and Environmentalist. He lived at Walton Hall the grounds of which he made into the world's first nature reserve and wild park. One claim to fame was that he invented the first bird nesting boxes.

Herbert Rollett - Artist

Grocer cum artist 3 June 1872 - 1932 who was born at Huckerby into a farming family. He attended the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Gainsborough, now the Hickman Hill Hotel.When he left school he became an apprenticed grocer in Brigg. In 1898 this apprenticed grocer opened his first shop in Grimsby. He took up his palette drawn by the Lincolnshire landscape and was self taught. He was to exhibit in Paris and at the Royal Academy. He appreciated Lincolnshire, "One gets such wonderful sky effects". He died 8 Dec 1932 aged 60 and was interred in the churchyard at St Nicholas' Great Coates, where he had retired. Rollett was rediscovered in 2005 with the publication of a book by Allen Smith.

Gowin Knight - Scientist & Inventor
(baptized 10 Sept. 1713, Corringham, Lincolnshire, England.- died 8 June, 1772, London)

Baptised at Corringham, Lincolnshire, on 10 September 1713, he was the son of Robert Knight, vicar of that place. His father was a virtuoso who collected coins and medals. He was an English scientist and inventor whose work in the field of magnetization led to significant improvements in the magnetic compass.

In 1744 Knight exhibited powerful bar magnets before the Royal Society of London, proving that he had discovered a greatly improved method of magnetizing steel. Knight then turned his attention to the compasses used by mariners. He found the needles to be crudely magnetized and inaccurate and suggested the now common rhomboidal shape and an improved suspension. After experimentation by the Royal Navy, his new compass became standard.

Mrs Pat Greatorex published a book on Corringham, 'Saved by the Bell', 1990.