Coleby is a village in North Kesteven and was a documented settlement in the Domesday Book. It lies on the A607 roughly six miles south of Lincoln and is set on the Lincoln Cliff escarpment with views over the River Witham valley from its Western side. The Viking Way, the 146 mile long footpath from the Humber Bridge to Oakham, passes through the village. Coleby has for the most part of its history been an agricultural village, and is still surrounded by farmland. In 1760 the medieval open field system was exchanged for individual farms and the parish became enclosed. The male population of Coleby was for centuries predominantly employed on local or neighbouring farms. Today only a few people living in Coleby are engaged in agriculture. Coleby has two pubs, The Tempest Arms and the Bell Inn. There are a number of regular events such as the bi-monthly gardeners’ club, the annual Harvest Ball and car boot Sales. The Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee meet bi-monthly to discuss local matters.
Coleby is in Class I of the Competition with a population of fewer than 500 people. The village has won its class four times in total, in 1974, 1976, 1979 and more recently in 2011. Coleby has also gained second place in its class four times and third place on three occasions.
The Best Kept Village Competition has always been something that has been a motivation to us and local residents to keep the village neat and well presented. It was really nice when we won it, it does mean something to Coleby and seems to work for us
– Cllr Monique Butler
Use the media players below to listen to interviews with two Coleby residents