Sedgebrook Heritage Group 
You are invited to join our meetings on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4pm in the Markham Museum, St Lawrence Church, Sedgebrook.  All are welcome, whether you are a longstanding resident, a new resident or one who has moved away from the village. Please check with the village calendar on the What’s On page for further details.
Three displays are currently in the planning for which your help is needed:
Sedgebrook’s village green.
The Abbey Farm or ‘New’ Estate (50 year anniversary).
1952 family photo album – do you have a photo in your family photo album from 1952?

One of our men is missing!

(May 2022)


The joy of researching village history is that while looking for one piece of information, you are suddenly sent off in another direction by stumbling across something new. Serendipity.


This is how I discovered one of our men is missing.  Missing from where?  Missing from our memorial plaque of those who died in WW1.


The name that popped up was James Buckingham.


The first evidence I found was a record of UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War,1914-1919 in Ancestry’s archives.  From this I learnt that James Buckingham, Private, resident of Sedgebrook had been killed in action on 3 July 1916 while serving in the 1st battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment somewhere in France or Flanders.


This archive was linked to another – UK, British Army World War 1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920.  This time there was an image of the original index card.  New information was gleaned: the theatre of war was recorded as France and the qualifying date as 22.6.15. The application is for the 1914-15 Star and the applicant is recorded as Mrs A R Buckingham of Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook, Grantham, Lincs.


I thought I was sure this name didn’t appear on our memorial plaque and yet, clearly he was a Sedgebrook man.


Then, as I was studying records relating to the primary school, I came across the enrolment list for the new elementary school which opened in 1875.  Looking for someone else, the name Buckingham jumped off the page.  Here he was on line 285, d.o.b 29.10.1892, admitted to Sedgebrook C.E. School on 10.11.1902. It was a short stay as he left Sedgebrook School on 6.3.02 and moved to Muston School but then he was re-admitted on 2.10.1905, which is a bit strange as he would have been less than a month off his 15th birthday [I have since learnt that the village school took pupils up to 14+].  His address is now given as Mill Cottages, Sedgebrook and on Muston school’s admissions, he is noted as being a Sedgebrook resident.


I now searched for the Buckingham family on the census records.  In 1901 they were in Whaplode.  They moved to Mill Cottages, Sedgebrook sometime during the following 18 months.  In 1911 they are living at Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook, though on the Enumerator’s page, it is recorded as Breeder Hill, Barrowby!


So why isn’t he recorded as one of Sedgebrook’s fallen?


I had noticed there were a number of other school pupils from Breeder Hills and Mill Cottages (Coy’s, Halifax’s, Ryder’s, Johnson’s, Alliss, Alcock, Bowden’s, Pacey, Coaten – James’s nephew – and Leeson). |So I decided to check these male students against military records, only to find there is more than one of our men missing!  The next one I found was William Henry Coy, also of Breeder Hills Farm, Sedgebrook.  William was a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, sadly killed in action in Belgium on 8.8.1917 aged 22 and buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinghe, Belgium.


Having done all this research, I then discovered it had all been done before by Bottesford History Group as a millenium project.  Their research is posted on the Imperial War Museum website as well as their own and it was on the IWM website that I found the final piece of James Buckingham’s story – sadly his remains were never found but his name is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 1 C.


Both James Buckingham and William Coy are remembered on a memorial in Muston churchyard.  But it raises a question, should they be recorded on Sedgebrook’s memorial too, along with their friends who also served, who were residents of Breeder Hills Farm or Mill Cottages and attended Sedgebrook School?  I’d be interested to know your thoughts.



Summary of place locations for James Buckingham:


1902   Sedgebrook C E School                                            Mill Cottages, Sedgebrook

1905   Muston C E School                                                   Sedgebrook

1905   Sedgebrook C E School                                            Mill Cottages, Sedgebrook

1911   Census return – enumerator                                  Breeder Hills, Barrowby

            Census return – householder                                 Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook

1916   Soldiers Died in the Great War                               Sedgebrook

1921   British Army WW1 Medal Rolls                              Breeder Hills, Sedgebrook

            CWGC Certificate                                                      Woolsthorpe

1921   Census return of parent (employer E Calcraft)    Casthorpe, Barrowby

           Edward Calcraft (1939)                                            Breeder Hills


So where did James live?  Sedgebrook, Barrowby, Woolsthorpe, Casthorpe?  One thing is certain – he didn’t live in Muston!


  1. Maps show the parish boundary to be north of Breeder Hills Farm but south of Mill Cottages so Breeder Hills Farm is not in Sedgebrook but Mill Cottages are.


The records used for this research can be viewed in the Markham Museum, St Lawrence Church, Sedgebrook.


Thomas James North 1881-1918

 – one of the fallen during WW1 

On 25th March 1881, Thomas James North was born to James North of Muston, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah Ann (nee Hawkins) of Elston who were living in Bottesford with their children, William (born in Sedgebrook) and Frederick and George, born in Bottesford.  Sadly, Frederick died, aged 4 the following year.   Soon after, they moved to 3 Sedgebrook Road, Casthorpe where his sister Mary Jane was born.

When he was just six-years-old, Thomas’s mother died and a year later his father married Rachel Fairhurst, who also died in 1899.  By the time of the 1901 census, Thomas’s father had moved back to Sedgebrook, where he had lived briefly as a child, and Mary (16) lived with him.  Thomas, however, has left home and is living at Scarborough Barracks, Throxenby.  

The family disappear for the 1911 census, leaving us with some unanswered questions. 

From his enlistment papers dated 10th  September 1914, we learn thatThomas is a civilian working as a postman.  Was this in Sedgebrook?  

In the 3rd quarter of 1917 Thomas married Edith Ellen Paice of Barrowby. Within eight months, at 31 years of age, she would be a widow. 

His WW1 papers inform us that his sister, Mary, is now Mrs Bee and living in Manilla NSW, Australia and his brothers, William and George, are both living in Nottingham. Thomas’s mother is recorded as being Ann but she was actually his step-mother, his father James having married for a third time and living in Sedgebrook.

Thomas, enlisted at Newhaven, Sussex aged 33, to the 20 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner; service number 278218.  Thomas is described as of ruddy complexion with hazel eyes and brown hair.  He was 5’8 ½” and weighed 168.5 pounds with a girth of 34”. 

On 26th and 27th  June 1915, whilst at Taunton,Thomas was in trouble with the military authorities two days running for ‘overstaying his leave from 8 to 11pm’ and ‘absent for one hour’ and then the next day, ‘breaking out of barracks and remaining absent until 10.20pm’! … Two days later Thomas embarked from Southampton 29th June, arriving at Bologne the next day. 

It is recorded that in May 1916 he had leave to the UK and we can only surmise that he was able to spend that leave with his wife and family. On 28th  June 1917 he was promoted to Bomber but in July/August of that year spent 5 weeks sick in hospital followed by two weeks at base before rejoining, only to be given leave to W.Kiveth RA. Then on 15th September 1917 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal.  In January 1918, Thomas was posted to the 1st Army Command for two weeks.

 On 7th March 1918, Thomas was wounded in the Field by a shell which  perforated his abdomen. He was taken to 18 Casualty Clearing Station, France and a telegram was immediately sent to his father John North in Sedgebrook to inform him that Thomas was dangerously injured.   He died the next day.  The telegram was stamped in Dover on the 8th. The telegram informing the family of his death did not arrive in Dover until 12th March.   

On 22nd  June 2018, Thomas’s widow, Edith Ellen North, living with Mrs Tatchell in Casthorpe, signed to receive her late husband’s private property, witnessed by the Rector of Barrowby, Arthur Marriott. The items returned were:  “letters, photos, pocket book, cigarette lighter, purse, scissors, watch case, note book, 3 cards, a watch, keys, numeral miscellaneous papers and Religious Book.” 

Corporal Thomas James North is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France. 


Various WW1 records on Ancestry and Forces War Records websites.

Census records and Registration records on Ancestry and Find my Past websites.

Sedgbrook’s very own Jubilee for 2022

You may be interested to know that 2022 is the Golden Jubilee for the Abbey Estate (Whatton’s Close, Church Lane and a little bit of Abbey Lane).  A few of us have been saying for a while that we should have a party on Whatton’s Close green to mark the occasion, not realising that it coincides with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee until reading the village Newsletter of 6th January 2021.
The White’s (10 Whatton’s Close) were the first to move in and Carnell’s (1 Whatton’s Close) moved in within a few weeks of them at the end of May, followed in the summer by the Tapson’s at no.11.  Angela Tapson has provided me with a photo of moving-in day when the Close was still in the process of being built – a lot of mud all around! I think it is fair to say that the White’s and Tapson’s, who have lived in the village since the properties were built, can no longer be considered ‘incomers’ but true villagers!
The properties were built by David Charles but he didn’t make much, if anything, from the estate as Miss Whatton, who had sold the land for building, had written a lot of restrictions into the sale agreement.  This is why there are a variety of property styles and also why we have our lovely green on Whatton’s Close. Three cheers for Miss Whatton!
It would be great if anyone else has photos to share of the three streets and the people who moved in. I would like to build up an archive of who lived in each property over the last 50 years, why they came here, a bit about their lives and involvement in the village, who stayed and who left.  If you have contacts who used to live in these streets, please ask them for information and memories and pass them on to Elisabeth at 1 Whatton’s Close.