Place:Bracebridge Heath, Lincolnshire, England

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NameBracebridge Heath
Alt namesBracebridgesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Brachebrigesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 168
Bragebrugesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 168
TypeVillage
Coordinates53.217°N 0.55°W
Located inLincolnshire, England     (1898 - )
Also located inLincoln (registration district), Lincolnshire, England     (1898 - 1933)
See alsoBracebridge, Lincolnshire, EnglandParent
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Bracebridge Heath is a commuter village approximately south from the city and county town of Lincoln, England. It lies at the junction of two major roads the A15 to Sleaford and the A607 to Grantham, and was (until modern systems of local government were introduced in the 19th century) part of the Boothby Graffoe Wapentake. The village sits on top of Lincoln Cliff, overlooking Lincoln and the valley of the River Witham. The Viking Way runs along the cliff top, a long footpath, which runs from the Humber Bridge to Oakham. Population as of 2001 census = 4,530.

History

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Bracebridge may have had its origins in the Old English braesc + brycg, meaning 'bridge or causeway made of branches'. The River Witham runs to the west, lending some credibility to this theory.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Brachebrige". Before the Norman Conquest lordship was held by Ulf Fenman, and after by Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances, who also became Tenant-in-chief.

Bracebridge Heath lies on the route of the Roman Ermine Street that runs approximately from London to York. The central road junction in Bracebridge Heath is the junction of three Roman roads, now the A15 (the Sleaford Road), the A607 (the Grantham Road), and Cross O'Cliffe Hill into Lincoln. The line of Ermine Street, when extended from its last traceable part at Harmston, south of Bracebridge Heath, runs north through Waddington to Heath Road in Bracebridge Heath. Heath Road continues the line of Ermine Street.

According to White's 1876 Lincolnshire, the parish of was part of Boothby Graffoe Wapentake, and consisted of the Lincoln County Lunatic Asylum on Sleaford Road, All Saints' church, and a vicarage. In 1876, 340 persons were recorded as living in the parish, the most notable of which included:

  • Thomas Allen, MD (at the Asylum)
  • William Andrew, Solicitor
  • Rev. William Bromehead BA, Vicar
  • William Coupland, Blacksmith and Beerhouse
  • William Green, Blacksmith
  • George Kirkup, Asylum Steward
  • William Mills, Wards Brickyard
  • Edward Palmer, MD, Asylum Superintendent
  • George Wheatley, Carpenter
  • Charles White, Pattern and Clog Maker
  • John Wollfit, Licensed Victualler, at The John Bull
  • Thomas Butler, Farmer
  • Charles Clarke, Farmer
  • Edwin Scrivener, Farmer
  • William Toulson, Farmer
  • Mrs Mary Winn, Post and Carrier from Lincoln
  • Harry Webber, Hall Farm hand

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