A narrow road up a slight incline between red brick buildings of a variety of styles and ages. The pavement on the left is raised above the roadway. Left on the skyline is the square greenish church tower.
Former A16, Partney village
 Partney shown within Lincolnshire
Population 237 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF410684
    London 115 mi (185 km)  S
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Spilsby
Postcode district PE23
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK ParliamentLouth and Horncastle
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Coordinates: 53°11′38″N 0°06′35″E / 53.193987°N 0.109657°E / 53.193987; 0.109657

Partney is a small village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Spilsby, and in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The village was the birthplace of Henry Stubbe, the noted 17th-century Intellectual.[2]

Partney is at the intersection of the A16 and A158 roads. A village bypass diverts the road to Skegness, Ingoldmells and Chapel St. Leonards. Public transport is provided by the Connect No. 6 bus service which runs from Lincoln to Skegness.


Partney Monastery

The existence of a Saxon Monastic house in Partney is known only from two references in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) of 731.[3][4]

In Bowyer's History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbies[5] and other 18th- and 19th-century authors Bede's placename Peartenau is identified with Bardney. But Bede mentions Peartenau and Beardeneu in adjacent paragraphs, and the link to Bardney is now discredited.[6] Pearteneau is likely to be Partney. The monastery is thought to have been destroyed by Viking raids around 870.[6][7] No archaeological trace is known, but some burials confirm Saxon occupation at that time.[8][9][10]

Abbots of Peartenau

Dig at Partney

Work on the town's bypass was preceded by a major archaeological investigation,[11] which concentrated on a Romano-British settlement and the 10th century monastic hospital.[9][10][12] Apparently unrelated to the lost Saxon monastery, the later Benedictine medieval abbey of Bardney established a hospital at Partney, run as a cell of the abbey. The hospital was dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.[6][13] The chapel survived only as wall foundations as the above-ground remains have been entirely robbed out. The foundations suggest a modest rectangular stone building measuring 13.8 yards long by 7.2 yards wide with external buttresses.[10]


Partney appears twice in the Domesday Book, as part of the Manor of Bardney. It is rendered as "Partenai" or "Partene",[14]


Church of St Nicholas

Partney church is dedicated to St Nicholas. It is built of greenstone in Perpendicular style and dates from the 14th century. The brick chancel was built in 1828. The porch was constructed, and the nave and aisles rebuilt, by C. E. Giles, c. 1862. The tower was partly rebuilt in 1910.[15] In the churchyard stands a stone commemorating the marriage of Matthew Flinders within the church. The ecclesiastical parish of Partney is part of the Partney Group of the Deanery of Bolingbroke.[2][16]

Victory Hall, next to the church, is an amenity for local clubs and groups.[2][17]

The small village primary school is Church of England aided.[2][18]

In the past Partney held a sheep fair. Today an annual summer fair is held to raise money for local causes.[19]

Notable people

Henry Stubbe[2] and the actor Stephen Murray were born in the village.[20]

Further reading


  1. "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Village web site". Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. 1 2 Bede ii.16
  4. 1 2 Bede iii.11
  5. Bowyer, W. (1718). An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbies, and Conventual Cathedral Churches. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  6. 1 2 3 Page, William, ed. (1906). "Houses of Benedictine monks: The abbey of Partney". A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2. Victoria County History. pp. 104–105. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. Historic England. "Monument No. 355346". PastScape. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  8. Historic England. "Anglo Saxon inhumation (355359)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  9. 1 2 "Archaeological Dig". Partney village web site. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  10. 1 2 3 "Medieval Chapel and Cemetery Site, Partney". English Heritage. 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  11. "Land at Partney bypass". Archaeology Data Service. 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  12. Atkins, Robert; Popescu, Elizabeth Shepherd; Cane, Jon (ill.) (August 2005). Archaeological Excavations Along the Partney By-pass, Lincolnshire (a16/a158). Cambridge county council. ISBN 978-1904452171.
  13. Historic England. "Hospital of St. Mary Magdalene, Partney (355349)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  14. "Open Domesday". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  15. Historic England. "St. Nicholas' Church, Partney, (355300)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  16. "Ecclesiastical parish details". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  17. "Partney, Dalby & Dexthorpe Victory Hall". Lincolnshire county Council. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  18. "School web site". Partney C of E school. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  19. "Partney Fair returns". Skegness Standard. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  20. "Partney Village: Local celebrities". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
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