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Great Gonerby

Description and Travel

Great Gonerby is both a village and a parish. The parish is about 108 miles north of London and only about 2 miles north-west of Grantham on the old Newark road. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Marston parish, to the southwest by Barrowby, and on the southeast by Grantham. The parish covers about 2,940 acres.

The village of Great Gonerby lies astride the Newark Road about two miles outside of Grantham. "Little Gonerby" is now a portion of Grantham and is outside this parish's boundaries. "Middle Gonerby" is also known as "Gonerby Hill Foot" and is a small hamlet in this parish that sits along the border with Grantham parish.

Gonerby "born and bred" are ofttimes refered to locally as "Clockpelters". Stories tell of villagers pelting the clock in the church tower, installed in 1897, with stones or snowballs. Mud and stones would be gathered from a nearby pond, now dried up, to pelt the clock. Perhaps this was a rite of passage or a hope to suspend time for some reason. If you are planning a visit:

Gt. Gonerby sign    G. G. sign close-up

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Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 618
1851 H.O. 107 / 2103
1861 R.G. 9 / 2353
1871 R.G. 10 / 3362 & 3363
1891 R.G. 12 / 2585 & 2586
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Church History

St. Sebastian's Church

St. Sebastian's Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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History

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Land and Property

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Maps

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Military History

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Military Records

There are several war memorials at Great Gonerby. To see them and the names on them, see the Roll of Honour site.

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

On Saturday last an inquest was held at Belton [Kesteven] by Mr. Kewney, coroner, on the body of Wm. Burrows, of Great Gonerby, labourer, aged 35. The deceased was on Friday last employed with several others in Belton Park, in cutting the top boughs of a lime-tree, which had fallen across a walnut-tree, and could not be removed without having the tops taken off: he refused to use a patent ladder which had been provided for the purpose, and although repeatedly cautioned persisted in standing with one foot upon each tree: having separated a bough of the tree that was felled, it set at liberty a branch of the standing tree, which flew up, and striking the deceased, sent him to the ground, by which he received so much injury that he soon afterwards died. Verdict, accidental death.
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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 559
1841 1,049
1851 1,433
1861 1,145
1871 1,212
1891 1,053
1911 1,296
1991 1,630
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Schools

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