The centre of the village is a Conservation Area with many old stone properties from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Vicar’s Wood, adjacent to All Saints parish church is a haven for wildlife and in spring is carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.
On the village green a colourful village sign, which was based on designs by local children, depicts scenes of Nettleham’s past. The Beck, which runs through the centre of the village, has beautiful waterside walks which attract many a photographer and artist. Mallard ducks are always to be found here and also on the small lake in the attractively landscaped grounds of the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, located on the west side of the village.
Present day amenities include several shops and a café located in the village centre; a Church and a Methodist Chapel; Health Centre; Post Office; 4 Public Houses; Village Hall; a beautifully restored old stone village school (used by numerous organisations and the location of the Parish Council offices); library; many sports and social clubs; infant and junior schools and playgroups.
The village is officially twinned with Mulsanne in France, exchanges taking place each year.
The Gardeners Association has a large and active membership and visitors frequently comment not only on the obvious charm of the village, but of the care taken with attractive gardens and properties in the community. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that Nettleham has achieved a number of awards in the annual ‘Best Kept Village Competition’, sponsored by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England.
The village is well served by public transport with a number of different bus companies providing regular services, both into the city of Lincoln and further afield.
Despite its relatively large size, the village deservedly has a reputation for being a very friendly place in which to live, with a strong community spirit.
History of the Village
Situated approximately four miles north of the City of Lincoln, Nettleham is an attractive village with a current population about 4,757.
Although its history may be traced back to the Iron Age, its early development may be attributed to the Romans, who, after establishing their garrison at Lincoln in 43AD, discovered a spring on the outskirts of the village, from which they supplemented their supply of fresh water from the wells in the upper city.
Following the departure of the Romans in the 5th century, the invading Anglo Saxons settled in Lincoln and the surrounding area. Although initially they claimed the manorial rights in Nettleham, the manor eventually became the property of Queen Editha, wife of Edward I, also known as Longshanks, and finally Queen Maud, wife of Henry I. The manor was then passed on to the Bishops of Lincoln. It was then that the early Saxon manor house was enlarged to create a ‘palace’ more suitable as a country retreat for the Bishop to entertain visiting nobility.
Participants in the Lincolnshire Rebellion in 1536, protesting against Henry VIII and his reformation of the monasteries, passed Nettleham on their way to the City of Lincoln and caused much damage to property, particularly to the Palace, and it was from this time that the building began to fall into disrepair. However a number of grass mounds, marking the outlines of the original buildings and gardens are still visible in the Bishop’s Palace field today.
The parish church of All Saints, whilst of Saxon origin, has modifications and decoration from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century, with beautiful stained glass windows and an attractive modern east window in the chancel which replaced the original damaged by a devastating fire in 1969.
Want to know more about our village? Then read one or more of the following books:-
- Life in Nettleham and other Places by Tom Lane
- All Saints Church Nettleham by Rev Gordon Sleight
- A Sign of the Times – The Story of Nettleham a Lincolnshire Village by Barbara Taylor
- Nettleham Yesteryears – by Pearl Vose