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 Lincolnshire, England.

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.

Nocton today

Nocton today is a quiet village, although there has been quite a bit of new residential development in the past 5 years, and more is planned. It has no pub, but has a village hall - the nearest pubs are in Dunston and Potterhanworth, the nearest villages either side, each about a mile away. In the centre of the village is the Post Office and village shop. Nocton has its own primary school, located oposite the church (All Saints, Nocton). Nocton Hall (the present building dates from the 1840's) was part of RAF Nocton Hospital, which has now been decomissioned and the site sold. Most recently the Hall has been the site of  nursing and residential homes for the elderly, but is now vacant.

All Saints Church, Nocton website >> www.allsaintsnocton.org.uk>>

A little history

The original settlement at Nocton may date from Roman times or earlier. There was an Anglo-Saxon settlement of about 38 families located here which was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was given as Nochetune, which may derive from the Anglo-Saxon words 'hnoc tune', which mean 'village of the wether sheep'; a wether sheep is a castrated ram.

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 1991.

Some local links


Link to a site on Potterhanworth -  www.potterhanworth.net  (alt: www.matusiewicz.freeserve.co.uk/index.html)

Link to a web site for Metheringham : www.metheringham.info - news and links for Metherigham and area
www.macla.co.uk on behalf of the Metheringham Area Community Leisure Association

Nocton Hall, January 01, 2000
Copyright Peter J. Murray

Scenes around the village

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 spring   (59KB).

For further Lincolnshire information and the website of the 'Lincolnshire Echo'

These pages on Nocton are developed and maintained by Peter Murray
email: peter@differance-engine.net
Last updated: 28 May 2007