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Stone church with a square tower.  Unusually the windows in the nave are circular.  The tower is on the left and dominates the picture. It has a crenellated flat top with stone pinnacles at each corner, narrow arched-top bell ports high up and very narrow slit windows lower down. The nave is receding left to right and is partly obscured by one of the two large yews that frame the picture. In shadow the porch can just be made out near the tower. The day is sunny and the sky mostly blue.  The stonework of the church appears golden, similar to Cotswold stone. In the short grass of the foreground the top of a single gravestone can be seen.
St Peter's Church, Bottesford
It is a bright February  day, with some blue sky between rolling white clouds. A decent-sized stream, well filled with fast-moving water runs toward us down the middle of the picture.  On eather side are wide, flat grassy banks.  On the left is a footpath, and further left a stand of bare-branched silver birch, with a single evergreen spruce at our end of the plantation.  On the right, in the immediate foreground, is a bare blackthorn bush.  Behind that the right bank extends away as a field planted with winter wheat.  The original photographer wrote:'Bottesford Beck. Looking east along Bottesford Beck, years ago it was heavily polluted with outflow from Scunthorpe steelworks, today it flows to the Trent much clearer.'
Bottesford Beck
The southern parish boundary
Population 11,038 (2011)
OS grid reference SE895079
• London 145 mi (233 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Scunthorpe
Postcode district DN16
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
  • Scunthorpe
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LincolnshireCoordinates: 53°33′39″N 0°39′01″W / 53.560909°N 0.650263°W / 53.560909; -0.650263

Bottesford is a small town and civil parish in North Lincolnshire, England.

The town is joined to southern Scunthorpe, and is defined by the B1501 road to the north and Bottesford Beck to the south. The River Trent lies to the west, with a boundary line approximately along Grammar School Walk, Richmond Close and Winchester Drive to the east. Bottesford parish includes the hamlet of Yaddlethorpe, and Bottesford Moor.

In the 2001 Census, Bottesford's population was recorded as 11,171, falling to 11,038 at the 2011 census.

History and landmarks

Bottesford is written in Domesday as "Budlesford", and until the 20th century it was a small farming village. Yaddlethorpe appears in Domesday as "Laudltorp".

The Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Peter ad Vincula. The church is Early English style and cruciform in plan, built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. It was restored in 1870; during restoration were found two Saxon sundials that were incorporated into the south porch. Queen Elizabeth II visited the parish on her Golden Jubilee tour in July 2002.

Local landmarks include Bottesford Beck, and Bottesford Preceptory where it is said that the Knight's Templar and later Knights of St John made a base.

Lincolnshire preceptories

Until their disbandment in 1312, the Knights Templar were major landowners on the higher lands of Lincolnshire, where they had a number of preceptories on property which provided income, while Temple Bruer was an estate on the Lincoln Heath, believed to have been used also for military training. The preceptories from which the Lincolnshire properties were managed were:

Amenities and schools

Tea Pot Hall – formerly a meeting place for the elderly, since relocated.

There is a library and medical centre on Cambridge Avenue.

There are two Junior schools, Bottesford Junior, and Leys Farm Junior School. There is also one Primary school, Holme Valley Primary, on Timberland.

The local secondary school, the Frederick Gough School, opened in 1960 as Ashby Grammar School. It became Bottesford Grammar School, then Frederick Gough Grammar School named after the first chairman of the school governors. It became comprehensive in 1969 when it joined with Ashby Girls' Secondary School, a secondary modern school on Ashby High Street. Other students travel to the nearby Melior Community Academy in Scunthorpe which has special links to the Leys Farm junior school.

The ecclesiastical parish is Bottesford St Peters part of the Bottesford with Ashby Team Ministry of the Deanery of Manlake. The team vicar is The Revd Graham Lines. Whilst the two Methodist chapels recorded in 1872 have closed, in 2002 a new Baptist church was opened in Chancel Road, having been meeting in the Civic Hall since 1978.

A civic hall is run by the Town Council for social events. A sports hall stands adjacent to the football and cricket pitches in Birch Park.

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