Doddington, Lincolnshire


Church of St Peter, Doddington
 Doddington shown within Lincolnshire
Population 319 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK899700
    London 120 mi (190 km)  S
Civil parishDoddington and Whisby
Unitary authorityNorth Kesteven
Ceremonial countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Lincoln
Postcode district LN6
Dialling code 01522
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK ParliamentSleaford and North Hykeham (UK Parliament constituency)
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Coordinates: 53°13′08″N 0°39′14″W / 53.219°N 0.654°W / 53.219; -0.654

Doddington is a village in the civil parish of Doddington and Whisby in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 319.[1] The parish lies 5 miles (8 km) west from Lincoln, north of the A46 road, and is bounded to its west by Nottinghamshire. It includes the hamlet of Whisby, and parts of the Whisby Moor Nature Reserve.[2]

In the Domesday account Doddington is written as "Dodingtone", in the Hundred of Graffoe, in Kesteven. It held 21 households, 14 villagers, 6 smallholders, a church with priest, and 4 ploughlands.[3] Before the Conquest, lordship was held by Aelric son of Mergeat; after, the abbey of Westminster St Peter became Lord and Tenant-in-chief.[4]

Doddington’s Grade II listed parish church is dedicated to St Peter.[5][6] The church was rebuilt in 1771 but retained its Early English font;[7] the rebuilding was under the auspices of Lord Delaval.[8] Pevsner notes that the architects, Thomas and William Lumby, retained and copied north aisle details from the previous Decorated building, and that the church holds a c.1569 chalice, a 1670 alms basin, a 1706 flagon by John Bodington, and a 1706 paten by William Fawdery.[9]

John 'Jack' Delaval (1756-1775), the last male heir of the Delaval family, died aged nineteen and was buried in St Peter's Doddington. Reportedly the church interior was painted black for the funeral.[10]

Other listed structures include farm houses, cottages and occupational buildings.[11]

Within the village is the Grade I listed Elizabethan house, Doddington Hall,[12][13] a former seat of the Northumbrian Delaval family.[14] The house is E-plan, and surmounted by three octagonal brick turrets with leaded cupolas.[7]


  1. "Civil parish population 2011". National Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. Doddington and Whisby parish map, Retrieved 21 June 2011
  3. "Documents Online: Doddington, Lincolnshire", Folio: 346r, Great Domesday Book; The National Archives. Retrieved 23 December 2011
  4. "Doddington", Retrieved 23 December 2011
  5. St Peter’s Church Doddington, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  6. Doddington (with Whisby), Genuki. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  7. 1 2 Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p.117; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  8. Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p.378
  9. Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire pp.514, 515; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  10. Green, Martin (2010); The Delavals: A Family History, p.96.
  11. Doddington and Whisby, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  12. Doddington Hall, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 21 June 2011
  13. Doddington Hall, Historic Houses Association; retrieved 21 June 2011
  14. "Doddington Hall" Heritage Educational Outreach Trust. Retrieved 21 June 2011
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