ettleham is a large village in West Lindsey, situated roughly four miles north-east of the city of Lincoln. It nestles in a cleft in hills on top of the Lincoln Edge. Some of Nettleham’s early development can be attributed to the Romans who were garrisoned at nearby Lincoln. A spring on the outskirts of the village was used to supplement their supply of fresh water from the wells in the upper city. The parish church of All Saints dates from the Saxon period, with medieval and 19th century additions.
There are a number of facilities in the village, such as shops, a café, four village pubs, and many sports and social clubs. Local folklore says that until you have fallen into the Beck you are not a true ‘Nettlehamite’. The village also produces a quarterly local paper called the Nettleham News.
Nettleham have been extremely successful in Class III of the competition with a population of between 2001 and 7000 people. They have won their class eleven times, in 1967, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, and most recently in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Nettleham have also come second five times and third twice.
(The Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition) has helped to keep a sense of civic pride alive, people realise that particularly the village centre, the flower boxes, shop fronts and the notice boards do matter, not just for the competition but for the general wellbeing of the village
– Cllr Malcolm Leaniing
Use the media players below to listen to interviews with two Nettleham residents