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Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England



 


Notes: Name Origin: Old Scandinavian sandtofte sandy homestead.

The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, ed J.H.F.Brabner, 1895:

Sandtoft, a hamlet in Belton parish, Lincolnshire, 1 mile N of Epworth and 3 miles NW of Belton.

Notes

Sandtoft lies in Hatfield Chase on the Isle of Axholme, once an area of fenland. Roger de Mowbray, an antient lord of Axholme, established a cell there under the abbey of St. Mary of York, for whose defence a mastiff was to be perpetually maintained.

The drainage of Hatfield Chase was commenced in 1626. Two years later 80 Huguenot families from Walloon Flanders, fleeing persecution, settled in the area. In 1635 there was another large influx of Huguenots, mostly artisans and farmers from Normandy and the Walloon country. A chapel was erected at Sandtoft for their use, and here the public service was read alternately in Dutch and French.

The fenland natives were hostile to the drainage of the Level, believing that the participants (as the partners in the drainage undertaking were here known) were robbing them of their rights of common established by John de Mowbray in the reign of Edward III. In the years 1628 to 1631 there were fourteen outbursts of violence. This was followed by some years of comparative peace, but the beginning of the Civil War in 1642 saw the start of a period of greater lawlessness (see this entry from the Calendar of State Papers Domestic for 1643). In Dec 1645 the sheriff of Lincolnshire was instructed to suppress the riots, making use of train-bands of the county, and any parliamentary forces which might be there, to protect the participants and repair the damaged drainage. The fenmen took their case to law, but when the Court of Excequer ruled against them in 1650, a great riot broke out: the Chapel at Sandtoft was defaced, the village which had grown up round it demolished, the floodgates opened, and the River Trent allowed to overflow the Level once more.

The mistreatment of the Huguenots by the fenman had always encouraged a small number to leave for more friendly surroundings: the riots of 1650 turned a trickle to a flood. Many found their way to the Huguenot settlement at Whittlesey, and thence to Thorney, where the French Church assembled in 1652. In 1656, a group of Sandtoft Huguenots petitioned Oliver Cromwell for relief from their persecution: judgement was given in their favour, but little practical effect was felt.

Litigation, and frequent riots, continued until 1719, when the fenmen's case was dismissed in the Court of Chancery.

The Register of Sandtoft Chapel is now lost, having once been in the possession of the antiquary George Stovin, but not found amongst his papers after his death. Stovin did, however, extract some entries from the register, see privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~alan/family

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City/Town : Latitude: 53.563925, Longitude: -0.878992


Birth

Matches 1 to 16 of 16

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Axe, Arthur  23 Aug 1867Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032796
2 Axe, George  30 Dec 1869Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032797
3 Axe, Walter  07 Sep 1872Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032798
4 Axe, Walter  10 Dec 1873Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032799
5 Cranidge, John James  1921Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I479801158
6 Dale, Ada  1879Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I05806087406
7 Dale, William  1882Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I05806086695
8 Dimberline, Peter  Abt 1653Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I3499893373
9 Drayton, Herbert  06 Jul 1887Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480083328
10 Du Mollin (Dumoulin), Jenneor Jaine  1655Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750124849
11 Hill, George  Abt 1851Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I85416
12 Hudson, Robert  Abt 1821Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I3499896111
13 Oxley, John  3 Apr 1857Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1748850505
14 Ramsey, Robert  Abt 1823Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I14590
15 Watson, Ellen  Abt 1833Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750916237
16 Whitehead, William  Abt 1864Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I59232

Christened

Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Christened    Person ID 
1 Bramford, Annie Mary  14 Aug 1897Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750874941
2 Bramford, Irene Ruth  20 Jan 1905Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750874963
3 Du Mollin (Dumoulin), Jenneor Jaine  25 Jan 1655Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750124849

Died

Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Axe, George  23 Dec 1856Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032786
2 Axe, Walter  Bef Oct 1872Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I480032798
3 Axe, William  24 Nov 1847Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I22991
4 De La Pryme, Elizabeth  1680Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I7739796706
5 Moore, Frank  1968Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I60219

Occupation

Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Occupation    Person ID 
1 Booth, John Slingsby  1881Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1748840957
2 Maw, Jackson  5 Apr 1891Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I661439
3 Watson, Elizabeth  1861Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I1750250823

Residence

Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID 
1 Eastwood, Elizabeth  Abt 1881Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I21299
2 Hague, John  Abt 1881Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I21346
3 Leggott, Thomas  1841Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I479748204
4 Vermuyden, Sir Cornelius (Cornelis)  Aft 1626Sandtoft, Belton In Axholme, Lincolnshire, England I3500608848