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Glinton’s entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 shows the land ownership split between the Abbey of Peterborough and three of the Abbott’s knights and the records suggest that the village was reasonably wealthy.

The population at that time was shown in the Domesday book as "10 villeins, 6 bordears and 8 sokemen in the addey's manor". In a survey in 1230, 25 cottars made their appearance. The population was to keep growing to 300 to 400 by 1801. In the 12th century the North Fen area was the subject of a dispute between the Wake family and the Abbeys of Crowland and Peterborough which was settled in Peterborough’s favour by the Bishop of Lincoln.

There were 100 acres of meadow mentioned in 1086. By 1300 there was a surplus capacity on meadow available for leasing to other people of 165 acres due to the reclamation of land from the fen, this excess land included 9 and a half acrea in Le Newedik and 40 in Le Inham, both revealing field names. The Inhams in the map today are the fields and farm immediately to the east of the Roman Car Dyke.

The origin of the place name Glinton is uncertain. It may mean “village on the Glym brook” (ie. the Brook Drain) or could possibly be derived from the old Danish “klint” (hill), or middle low German “glinde” (enclosure or fence) or the Old English “glente”, meaning look-out place.

There is evidence of early settlement at Glinton, dating back to the Iron Age. Extensive Roman remains, including a beautifully preserved well, were found during construction of the A15 in 1996, as well as a fine example of a medieval drainage system. Further Roman remains were found in Peakirk Road near the junction with the High Street and it is thought that the area was the site of a Roman farmstead that supplied the larger settlement of Werrington.

The foundations of the village primary school were laid in 1845. Before this children were taught in the church of St. Benedict.

"Old" and current pictures of Glinton can be seen in our gallery

The current village sign was erected in 1979 and repainted in 2000.

We are currently building a map of historic Glinton listing archeological finds and historic buildings in the area.



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