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Recent History of Rippingale

On this page are links to articles about Rippingale and the people that lived here over the past hundred or so years, and to things that are here now but have a much older history. Just click on the link or the image to see the full story.


The Bull Inn 1926

A Little Bit of History

Snippets of local history compiled and written by Christine Rice


Wild, Shackelton, Dr Marshall and Adams

Rippingale's Antarctic Hero

Jameson Boyd Adams was born in Down Hall on Doctorís Lane in Rippingale in 1880 where his father was the local doctor. Adams met Shackleton in 1906, and when offered the chance of becoming his deputy and to claim the South Pole for England he didnít hesitate . . .

Article by Jim Latham


"Rippingale Village"
Millennium project book

Rippingale Village Book

The book is filled with a great many photographs which have been readily made available by kind residents of the village. Not only is it of interest to local residents, but it also shows pictorial and verbal accounts into life in the nineteenth century to the present day . . .

Article by Christine Rice


Rippingale's Giantess

Ann Hardy was born in Rippingale in 1799. When she died on July 17 1815, she was 7 feet, 2 inches tall and was known as the Lincolnshire or Rippingale Giantess.

Article by Jim Latham


Rippingale's Mediaeval Market - The Butter Cross

In the 12th or 13th Century, Rippingale was granted a licence for a "Butter Market," - a place where local housewives could sell butter and other food products - eggs, spare vegetables, fruit and other left-overs.

The place would be marked by a "Butter Cross" - a stone column on a raised stone pedestal, where women could sit with baskets of their products at their feet . . .

Article by Jim Latham

Rippingale - Birthplace of the Archers

Archers fans will tell you that the home of 'The Archers' is Inkberrow in Worcestershire, which over the years it has become, but where did it all start - where is the birthplace? Although well documented few people know that the original inspiration came from Rippingale in Lincolnshire.

Article by Jim Latham

Rippingale's Ran Tan Tan

Eight men - all from respectable and longstanding Rippingale families - were summoned to Bourne Police Court for unlawfully joining in a brawl in the village earlier that month. Pc. Starmer gave evidence that he was on duty in Rippingale and there was regular pandemonium caused by the beating of drums, tins, buckets, plough breasts, old pieces of iron, playing of instruments, shouting and yelling, with the burning of effigies . . .

Article by Jim Latham

Ripping(ale) Yarns  and The Curse of the Claw

One day in 1975, Palin, later even more famous for his film acting and travel programmes, was driving south towards Bourne down the A 15 and passed the signpost for the village of Rippingale. The name stuck in his mind and was bounced round until he and Jones came up with a series of six episodes of a series they named "Ripping Yarns".

Article by Jim Latham