p@rsons_world of Bardney

This webpage celebrates the history and charm of the Lincolnshire village of Bardney.

Everything taken together, here in Lincolnshire are more
good things than man could have had the conscience to ask.

William Cobbett, in his Rural Rides [c.1830]

No county [Lincolnshire] has better churches and worse houses.
The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung,
and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel;
whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb:
"Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)


The useful website Bardney Village History has now been be closed.[November 2020]
The Bardney History Group has saved the material but has yet to decide how best to make it available.

Rabies in Bardney
Stamford Mercury Lincolnshire, England. 28 Jun 1895 ... to Bardney.
Four children there were bitten, viz.,
Thomas Blades, aged 13, Harold Woodcock, 7, Jessie Maddison, 6,
and Rachel Benson, 9.
A man threw hay fork at the dog after it had bitten Blades, and it
sprang at him with much ferocity, but he just managed....
I have been informed that a copy of Stamford Mercury Friday 28 June 1895
with the story is available on the British Newspaper Archive.
[If you are a subscriber.]

The Pilgrim Fathers 2020

  • Lincolnshire and the Mayflower Pilgrims. The River Witham was the start of the journey to
    Boston on the way to the New World.
  • Lincolnshire and the Mayflower Pilgrims. 400th anniversary 2020

  • Bardney links of interest

  • Stop, Explore and Enjoy Bardney. A good article written in 2013.
  • GENUKI Bardney
  • Top Bardney Surnames 1881. British Surnanames website
  • Open Domesday - Bardney 1086: 16 villagers. 5 smallholders. 6 freemen.
  • 18th Century Timeline: 1701 to 1800
  • SLHA page of images of Bardney
  • Roll of Honour: Bardney War Memorial
  • Church of St Lawrence, Bardney on Explore Churches website
  • Church of St Lawrence, Bardney. Rebuilt 1434. Hosts an exhibition of Bardney Abbey stonework.
  • St. Lawrence Churchyard Memorials, Bardney. Find A Grave.
  • Peter Hancock's Hospital [1712].
  • Manor House.
  • The Old School House. Now named The Old Museum. Historical information welcomed.
  • Kitching's Free School. Historical information welcomed.
  • In Joan Gibbons' "Flora of Lincolnshire" there is reference to Rev J F Wray, 1801-1859, of
    Bardney and Stixwould who collected a herbarium between 1820 and 1830, mostly from
    Bardney, which was [eventually] found at Ipswich.
    See article in: Lincolnshire Past & Present No. 50 Winter
  • Download: Lincolnshire Past & Present No. 50 Winter 2002/03
  • Download: Joan Gibbons' "Flora of Lincolnshire".

  • RAF Bardney

  • RAF IX Squadron memorial. 1944 - Took part in the operation to sink the Tirpitz.
  • The IX(B) Squadron Association. "There's Always Bloody Something"
  • The Tirpitz Bulkhead. The IX(B) Squadron Association.
  • Target the Tirpitz. Photo of the bulkhead.
  • Sinking of the Battleship Tirpitz. Bomber Command Museum.
  • 2019 marked Operation Catechism 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Tirpitz.
  • British midget submarines target the Tirpitz.

  • In 2019 I met a patient in The County Hospital who reported that marine archaeologists
    had discovered parts of a miniature submarine at the Tirpitz site and it transpired that a
    recovered periscope had been built in Lincoln by his wife!
  • WWII submarine honoured on Lincolnshire train. The Lincolnite.
  • RAF Bardney page. Bomber County Aviation Resorces.
  • RAF Bardney in the Second World War. Wartime Memories Project
  • RAF IX (B) Squadron. "Throughout the night we fly."
  • RAF Bardney in the Cold War. Thor Missile Deployment.
  • RAF Lincolnshire information. Missiles: THOR IRBM
  • Bardney Heritage Centre. Interesting archaeological and historical exhibition - including RAF IX Squadron.

  • Bardney Abbey

    "It is believed that the first abbey may have been located near to Bardney Dairies,
    not on its current site."
    The Arabic noun "dayr" translates as monastery, convent, priory or abbey. In Ethiopia
    there is a similar word for a monastery; "Debre".
    It is intriguing that an Arabic word might have been used to identify a medieval monastic building in Lincolnshire.

  • The Rule of St Benedict remains one of the great classics of Christian spirituality.
  • Bardney Abbey: remains of a Benedictine monastery.
  • Bardney Abbey from above: link to drone video footage.
  • Bardney Abbey on "Historic England" website.
  • Bardney Abbey stonework reunited after a century. On "The Collection" website.
  • Bardney Abbey. Refers to Saint Wilfred who visited Bardney in 704 and also Bishop Robert Grosseteste.
  • Ecclesiastical History of England - Saint the Venerable Bede
  • Saint Oswald of Northumbria and Bardney
  • The translation of St Oswald's relics to New Minster, Gloucester
  • Robert Grosseteste, Bishop. Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Aethelflaed: The woman who crushed the Vikings - the Bardney connection.
  • Charters of William II and Henry I - Benedictine abbey of Bardney
  • "Do you come from Bardney?" Have you heard the saying?
  • In or Around Bardney

  • The Nag's Head, Bardney. Under new management.
  • The Old Angel, Bardney
  • The Tyrwhitt Arms, Fiskerton
  • Carpenters Arms, Fiskerton
  • Ferry Ales Brewery. Two Gold Awards and a Bronze Award 2018!
  • The Fiskerton Phantom
  • King's Hill Barrow of unknown date.
  • Antiquities from the River Witham on The Collection Museum website.
  • The Flora of Lincolnshire by Joan Gibbons - downloadable book see pp73.
    Rev J. F. Wray, 1801-1859', son of the Vicar of Bardney, Botanist.
    ...His herbarium, chiefly of plants from Bardney 1820-1830, was found at Ipswich.
  • John Wray (1776-1851): Vicar of Bardney, 1806-1851 Buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence's Church.
  • Private Edmund Rhodes. This interesting history mentions Joseph and Hannah Woodcock - Abbey Road, Bardney.
  • The History of the Lincolnshire Limewoods.
  • The Water Rail Way. A superb project in need of some tlc.
  • The Viking Way. Another project in need of sprucing up.
  • The River Witham. Video.
  • River Witham water level at Bardney.
  • Bardney Lock in Flood, 2012. Video.
  • Short Ferry in Flood, 2019. Video.
  • Draining the Fens, 1947. Video.
  • The Great Western Express Festival, 1972. Video.
  • Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
  • Lincoln Cathedral
  • Stuart Boyfield's gargoyle.
  • Famous Lincolnshire people including Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln.
  • The Bone Thief. A novel set in Bardney in the 900s written by V.M. Whitworth.

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