Sedgebrook Village

Sedgebrook is the smallest of the 4 parishes in the Saxonwell Group. It lies adjacent to the A52, with Grantham 4 miles to the east and Nottingham about 20 miles to the west.

There is a long history of settlement in the village with evidence from the Iron Age and it was also the site of Newbo Abbey in the 12th Century, although nothing currently remains.

The population is somewhere between 350 and 400 people occupying about 130 houses, with an age range between 1 and 91, enjoying a tightly knit village community, with traditional values and aspirations.

The residents live here because they like the relaxed, peaceful lifestyle, where their children can grow up in an atmosphere of harmony and security and not be too far from the wider world outside.

We are active and integrated in a way only possible in a small village. Although there are very few facilities, we are inventive and creative in making the village function, through a village committee, with most activities revolving around the Social Club and the Church.

As the village school closed in the 1980s, Sedgebrook combined with Allington to provide some of the best primary education in Lincolnshire and it shares many other social facilities with them, including the WI and the History Society, as well as its French Twin Town and the Allington News.

In the past Sedgebrook relied on farming for its well-being, but only a minority of its residents earn their living in this way today, most now working around the Grantham area, as well as further afield in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln and increasingly London, with its fast, frequent rail service.

There is definitely a sense of belonging in Sedgebrook and this is demonstrated in its range of village events organized by the Golden Jubilee Committee, The Church and The Social Club.

Apart from the farms which occupy many of the larger areas of the village, we have the splendid 18th century Sedgebrook Manor and of course our beautiful St Lawrence Church.

St Lawrence's Church, Sedgebrook 

In the centre of the village, adjacent to the Manor, is our Grade 1 Listed church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

Although its roots are in the 12th century, with nearby Newbo Abbey, its costruction was carried out between then and the 15th century, most of which is evident in the building we see today. It retains its Norman heritage both in the columns and arches of the north arcade and also the font, but the remainder is 15th century gothic.

Constructed from Golden Ironstone, mined locally at Denton, with Ancaster stone dressings, it is probably the largest of the 4 churches in the Saxonwell Group of Parishes, seating in excess of 150 people.

It has some fine architectural features notably woodwork of the 17th century pulpit, the rood screen and a mid 19th century organ.

It also has an illustrious history in the character of Sir John Markham, ‘The Upright Judge', who as Chief Justice of the King's Bench challenged the authority of Edward IV, by proclaiming that the King had no power over the judiciary, thereby confirming the role of the monarch as constitutional. He was removed from office and retired to Sedgebrook, living the remainder of his life in a loft above the Chantry chapel.

Our weekly attendance is small, but during Christmas, Easter and Harvest, we do generate a larger congregation, especially when the younger people can get involved. 

We also have enthusiastic supporters, who are willing to apply their skills when required and the church is used for other functions, such as concerts and talks.