1856 Whites Directory
Whites directories are a valuable source of information about locations in England during the 19th century. Although they give a description of the location, unlike the census, they are not comprehensive, tending to give only a list of landowners and tradespeople. They are nevertheless indispensable as a research tool. This extract is taken from Whites 1856 Directory of Lincolnshire
Blankney is a pleasant village, on a woody plain, on the eastern side of Lincoln Heath, 10 miles S.E. of Lincoln and N. of Sleaford; and has in its parish 600 souls, and about 6000 acres of land, extending 11 miles in length, from the Green Man Inn, on the Lincoln and Sleaford Road, eastward to the River Witham; though it is only about a mile in breadth. It includes the hamlet of Linwood, (700 acres, belonging to Henry Collins, Esq.,) 3 miles E.; Barf, 2 miles E., the scattered farms of Blankney and Linwood Droves, on the fen, from 3.5 to 6 miles E.; and Blankney Dales, on the west bank of the Witham, 7 miles E. by N. of the village. Blankney Hall, a large and handsome mansion, with a well-wooded lawn, is the seat of Charles Chaplin, Esq., the lord of the manor, owner of most of the soil, and patron of the rectory, which is valued in K.B. at £16.10s.7d., and now at £821, in the incumbency of the Rev. Brook Bridges, B.A., who has a commodious Rectory House, and 363 acres of glebe. The Church (St. Oswald) is a neat Gothic fabric, with an embattled tower. Under a chapel at the north end of the chancel is the vault of the Chaplin family. In the village is a National School, established 35 years ago, by the Chaplin Family. the present school is a neat building in the Elizabethan style.
Marked 1, are at Barf; 2, Fen; 3, Heath; 4, Linwood;
5, Moorhouse; 6, Blankney Dales; and the rest in Blankney
- Chaplin Chas. Esq., Blankney Hall
- Bridges Rev. Brook George, B.A., Rectory
- Allen Dl. coachman || Baker W. keeper
- Bates John, auctioneer, joiner, &c.
- Bellamy Wm. joiner, &c.
- Brown Richard, parish clerk
- Cartwright George, gamekeeper
- Etchell Miss Louisa Mary, schoolrs.
- Fletcher Wm. Joiner, &c.
- Fresby Charles, gardener
- Hague John, clerk of the works
- Haire Thomas, butcher & shepherd
- Nash Jph. brickmakr; h Mkt.Rasen
- Pears Thomas, land agent, &c.
- Peart Wm. schoolmr. and surveyor
- Potterton John, shoemaker
- Scott Wm. carrier, blacksmith, and vict., Tally Ho
- Sharp Samuel, grocer, &c., Post Office
- 3 Smith Wm. vict., Green Man
- Sumpter Robert, shoemaker
- 6 Tyler John, vict., Black Horse
- 6 Barnett John
- 6 Bavin Mary
- 2 BavinThomas
- 4 Blow Wm.
- 3 Bott Charles
- 2 Cartwright Jas.
- 2 Challens Wm. and Richard
- 4. Cottingham Hy.
- 2 Elliott Eliz.
- 2 Gilbert James
- Gilbert William, Grange
- 4 Goose Daniel
- 4 Greenham Jas.
- 1 Greenham Jno.
- 1 Knott Thomas
- 2 Lill Robert
- Pears Thos. High Constable
- 2 Pearson Jane
- 2 Rossington Rd.
- 4 Saunby Thos.
- 2 Sharp Jonth.
- 6 Tatam Thos.
- 1 Wilson Wm.
POST OFFICE at Samuel Sharpe's. Letters via Lincoln &
Sleaford. Mail omnibus
to Lincoln and Sleaford and Mail Bus. daily from Green Man
W. Scott to Lincoln, Wed. and Friday.