Nocton Today -|- A little history -|- Photographs -|- Some local links
|The Nocton Village Trail website
is now live - see:
There is also another locally maintained website about Nocton, which has many useful local and historically-oriented links, at:
The village church website, which my wife maintains, is at:
Hall fire photos have now been re-uploaded to:
Peter J. Murray 1 June 2007
This site is in desparate need of updating. I hope to find some time to do this soon, including use of a Content Management System-based reversion of the site. One of the thing sto do is re-uplaod the Hall fire photos.
In the interim, today (27 May 2007) saw the inauguration of the Nocton Village Trail, which has been funded, in part, by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The official inauguration, by Cliff Baxendale and Rt Hon, Douglas Hogg, MP, took place this afternoon in Nocton Village Hall.
I have uploaded some photos from the inauguration, and the subsequent walk round thre trail. I will add captions, etc. in due course. See:
Peter J. Murray 28 May 2007
Nocton Hall Ablaze - 24 October 2004
03:45 hours: Nocton Hall has been gutted by fire in the early hours of this morning. Starting around midnight a strong fire swept through the building. At the time of writing and uploading this (03:45 on 24 October) , fire crews are still damping down the blaze.
13:40 hours: Below are some of the photos taken while the fire was at its height. And a couple of the remains of the Hall as it now stands. More photos will be uploaded to a photo gallery during the day.
I have started a photo gallery at http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/peterjmurray/NoctonHallFire200402
(new upload, 1 June 2007)
- photos will be added to this over the next day or so. The pictures are random and uncaptioned at present - but you get the sense of the devastation.
(For anyone wishing permission to use the photos - all are copyright to me; please credit Peter J. Murray; I can be contacted by email as at the bottom of the page.)
They have featured so far on: Calendar News (Yorkshire TV, 24 October) and the Radio Lincolnshire news site.
Update 18:00hrs, 24 October. As I have been up all night and had about 2 hours sleep, I am leaving this for now. More updates to follow once I get the pictures sorted and have had some sleep.
Short news reports can be found at:
Latest update: 25 October, 15:30hrs.
See report in the Lincolnshire Echo - which also used one of my photos for the whole of their front page.
and latest from other sources:
Fire pictures (early hours of 24 October 2004:
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Morning of 24 October:
|Nocton is a village of about 650 inhabitants,
located about 7 miles south-east of Lincoln, in the county of
It is just
off the B1188 road, between the larger villages of Branston and
Metheringham. This is approx. 53 degrees 14 minutes N and 0 degrees 32
minutes W, and about 120 miles north of London.
All Saints Church, Nocton website >> www.allsaintsnocton.org.uk>>
King Henry VIII is thought to have visited Nocton in 1541, and is said to have planted a chestnut tree that still exists near the main hall building.
A number of halls had previously existed on the site of Nocton Hall before the present one was built in the 1840s (its immediate predecessor having burnt down). Much of the central part of the village is a planned estate village dating from Victorian times.
The present church was built in the 1860's and 70's, replacing one which had stood much nearer the hall.
The historical details were taken
from 'All Saints Nocton: History and Guide' by Charles Kightly, May
Nocton Hall, January 01, 2000
Copyright Peter J. Murray
Links to some pictures taken around Nocton in September 1997:
- the chestnut tree said to have been planted during Henry VIII's visit in 1541 (29KB)
- Nocton Hall, viewed from the west face (17KB)
- views of the main street: 1 (17KB) 2 (14KB)
- a view across the fields towards Nocton (55KB)
- warning of a major traffic hazard in the
For further Lincolnshire information and the website of the 'Lincolnshire Echo'
These pages on Nocton are developed and
maintained by Peter Murray