Don’t miss the April edition of Lincolnshire Life Magazine depicting The Thatched Cottage on the front cover and the Little Free Library within!
Appleby is a small picturesque village in North Lincolnshire lying about 5 km to the north-east of Scunthorpe, straddling the B1207 – the historic Roman Road of Ermine Street 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.
The parish boasts a rich history and agricultural tradition, an attractive church dedicated to St Bartholomew dating in part from the 13th century, and stunning village architecture flanking tree-lined lanes. 18th century stone cottages, distinctive brick and stone ‘Estate Cottages’ from the 19th century and the locally renowned Thatched Cottage make up this distinctive tapestry of our quintessential village
Although Appleby 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 held at the extended and currently under refurbishment Village Hall plus other events and activities taking place around the village, such as the hugely popular annual Open Gardens and Scarecrows event in summer.
The large and attractive playing field is the home to the ever popular annual Appleby Fayre as well as hosting regular local football matches. It also has a well equipped play area for children and an open air gym for adults.
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.
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 the additional properties located in the hamlets of Clapp Gate, Appleby Station and Santon.
The imposing edifice of St Bartholomew’s Church . . .
. . . and the virtually unaltered architecture of the Village Hall – both of which play their part in community events and gatherings.
We are delighted 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 extensive look at the history of the parish with an idiosyncratic accompaniment of illustrative stories, photographs and poetry.
Click on the hotspots dotted around the map to see some of the dwellings and locations around the village.