North Kyme Village


A Brief History

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It is believed that North Kyme first became a settlement after the Romans constructed the Carr Dyke which ran for 56 miles from Washingborough on the River Witham to the River Nene at Peterborough. Before the Carr Dyke the valley between Lincoln and Tattershall would have been a vast morass.

At North Kyme the Romans had an encampment which is believed to have been situated slightly south of the present village on what is now Ferry lane. The Normans followed and moved their encampment northwards to where the present village now stands. The legacy of the Normans still stays with us today with the French name of one of our roads Vacherie Lane.

A few years before the closure of the school Nora Everard an elderly resident of North Kyme came to the school to talk to the children about what life was like in times past.  The talk was recorded and written down.

This document can be viewed  HERE

There are several house names that have "decoy" in the name, This is a reminder that before the fens were professionally drained by the Earl of Lincoln in in 1653 that much of the low lying land was marsh.  Enormous duck traps were set up to stock the larders of the great houses in the region as well as put food onto the tables of the hunters.  These traps were known as decoys.

North Kyme Decoy, 3 miles NNW. of the last, 2 miles SSE. of Billinghay, and 4½ miles SW. of Tattershall. This Decoy was placed at the W. corner of Drury Dyke, in North Kyme Fen.

The Decoys

Since the draining of the fens Kyme has been predominantly a farming area.  It can be seen by the population below that the numbers living in the village were at their highest in the 1870s where land working was very labour intensive before the revolution of farm machinery.

In present times North kyme offers very little employment in the village its self and is mainly a satellite commuter village for the Lincoln, Sleaford and the near bye RAF station of Conningsby.

Population of North Kyme

1801          215

1841          361

1871          734

1891          636

1901              ?

1911          549

2010          456

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Extract from Kelly’s Directory describing North Kyme

Information taken from heritage gateway

North kyme dates from around 1000AD, however artefacts have been discovered from the bronze age as well as Roman times.  These artefacts including a stone child's coffin and bronze axe head are retained by residents of the village, and may be viewed by contacting the web site.  These finds were made on higher ground between North and South Kyme leading us to believe there have been settlers here for many centuries.


Doomsday book

There were two manors in North Kyme, known at the time as Nortchime (in the Doomsday book).  One of these manors was owned by Robert Todeni, which had been owned previously by Mere.  Colsuain also had a manor near the village which included a fishery rendering 8 pence. The minimum population at the time of the Doomsday survey was 14.

It is suggested that the name Kyme is derived from the old English for “a depression or hollow”.  The settlements at the Kymes lie on areas of higher ground north and south of a shallow depression.  The two settlements are distinguished as North and South Kyme.

In 1563 the were 35 households

In 1801 the population was 215, peaking in 1871 at 734.  The population in 1901 stood at 576.  The population of the village as of  2011 is 535.