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Origin of the Village

ORIGIN OF THE VILLAGE

As has already been written, occupation of this part of England has only been possible over the past 6000 years. In Laceby the first true evidence of occupation is during the years after 500 AD. On the Barton Street is the site of an Anglo-Saxon burial ground where the following have been found :-

(i) A square-headed brooch of bronze found with a burial in 1939; beneath the corroded remains of the iron pin, at the hinge, a scrap of textile was preserved. There were also, on both back and front of the brooch, impressions of other textiles, so sharp that it proved possible to det ermine the weave in each case (pl. x1 b)

(ii) Three cruciform bronze brooches, two lacking a foot (pl XI c), found together in 1931, in association with a knobbed bronze ring (fig.1,4); the five knobs are decorated with groups of punched dots, and the ring in general is not unlike one found at Sleaford, though this had only four knobs.

(iii) Fragment of an annular bronze brooch decorated with transverse notching, found alone in 1937.

(iv) A thin bronze disc with broken edges, 1.3 in. in diameter, found in 1939 near (i).

(v) Two iron spear-heads and a knife, found in 1938.

(vi) Fragments of a double-edged bone comb with ring-and-dot ornament, found alone in 1935.

(vii) A small spherical head, found in 1939 near (i).

(viii) An urn found in 1936

The generally late character of these finds suggests that the Anglian settlement of this north east co mer of Lincolnshire may only have taken place in the late 500 AD or early in 600 AD.

So if there was a cemetery it follows that there must have been a settlement nearby - though not necessarily where the present village lies.