Welcome to Appleby

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Appleby is a small picturesque village in North Lincolnshire situated on Ermine Street, the historic Roman road which once ran directly from London to York. The village nestles on the dipped slope of a limestone escarpment that falls gently towards the River Ancholme to the east.

Appleby boasts a rich history and agricultural tradition, an attractive church dedicated to St Bartholomew dating in part from the 13th century,  and with stunning village architecture which includes 18th century stone cottages, distinctive brick and stone ‘Estate Cottages’ from the 19th century and the locally renowned Thatched Cottage!

Although the village does not have any shops or public houses it has retained a strong identity, sense of community and self worth. It has an active and useful residents group on FaceBook, varied events at the Village Hall and around the village.

We are proud to share with you some of the sights, characters and wonders, old and new, that have helped to form our love of Appleby and its rich heritage, together with an idiosyncratic accompaniment of illustrative stories, photographs and poetry.

The Thatched Cottage on Paul Lane, along with other similar designed cottages with pantile roofs were built around 1710.


The attractive ‘Estate Cottages’, to be found on many of the village lanes, were built in the 1880’s.

Ermine St houses east

The village lies about 5 km to the north-east of Scunthorpe, straddling the B1207 – the historic Roman Road – Ermine Street.

Snow around Appleby (30)

Appleby is skirted to the east by the River Ancholme, a tributary of the River Humber, running from Bishopbridge through Brigg before flowing North into the Humber at South Ferriby. The village is approximately a mile from the Ancholme across a stretch of agricultural land known as Appleby Carrs. The impressive structure in the photo below is Saxby Bridge.

Saxby Bridge (72)

The population of the parish as reported in the 2001 census returns was 597, residing in the 180 or so properties within the village and within the additional properties in the hamlets of Clapp Gate, Appleby Station and Santon.


St Bartholomew’s Church . . .

Snow around Appleby (12)b

. . . and the Village Hall both play their part in community events and gatherings.

Village Hall (3)

The large and attractive village playing field is the home of the ever popular annual Fayre as well as hosting regular local football matches. It also has a well equipped play area.

Appleby Fayre 2011 (42)


Re vamped village sign