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St. Oswald's, Blankney, Lincolnshire. The church was largely rebuilt 1820 and again in 1879-80.

About Blankney

This is a small well kept "estate" village which was built around the great estate of Blankney Hall, the estates of which have existed since the time of William the Conqueror, and have been handed down through a succession of owners, until it was ravaged by fire in 1945. Following the fire the Hall was finally demolished in the 1960's.

The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, and although the Hall is no longer in existence, there remains the remnants of the former stable block, and Blankney Golf Club is built on it's once magnificent parkland. Thus, with the use of a little imagination visitors get an impression of how the landscape must have looked when the house was the focal point of the village.

Part of Blankney's history blends well with sporting history being made today. It's once thriving Cricket Club was founded in 1873 and it's matches were often watched by Lord Londesborough from Blankney Hall. Racing also features strongly in the history of the village, Henry Chaplin, Ist Viscount Chaplin, who inherited Blankney Hall was the owner of Hermit, the horse who won the Derby in 1867.

In an area that has more than it's share of lovely hamlets and villages, Blankney stands out as the very epitome of the perfect English estate village. It is surrounded by fresh fields and lovely wooded countryside. Tucked away in a quiet corner, casting a watchful eye over the village is the lofty tower of the Church of St.Oswald, which was restored twice during the 19th-century.

Blankney lies between Washingborough and Sleaford

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