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Aby, Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°16′59″N 0°07′05″E / 53.283044°N 0.118016°E / 53.283044; 0.118016
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Aby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF413783
• London120 mi (190 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAlford
Postcode districtLN13
AmbulanceEast Midlands
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53°16′59″N 0°07′05″E / 53.283044°N 0.118016°E / 53.283044; 0.118016

Aby (/ˈb/ AY-bee) is a village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is approximately 30 miles (48 km) east from the city and county town of Lincoln and 8 miles (13 km) south-east from Louth. Aby is part of the civil parish of Aby with Greenfield .



The village's name is of Old Norse origin, and means "village on a river" (Old Norse á, river, and býr, village). The villages of Åby in Sweden and Aaby in Denmark have names of identical origin and meaning. The Great Eau flows through the village.

Aby was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Its lands were owned by Odo who was Bishop of Bayeux and half-brother of William the Conqueror, and Earl Hugh. It had available 27 acres of woodland for the feeding of swine. Swinn Wood still exists today and is a nature reserve.[1]

Old Gatehouse

Aby's 13th-century All Saints Church fell into disrepair and was demolished by Sir Henry Vane in 1660. The stone was removed to Belleau for use on the Manor House. In 1888 a pitch pine chapel was erected on the original site, but all that remains today is the churchyard.[2]

Aby railway station opened in neighbouring Claythorpe in 1848, and closed in 1961.[3] Before the railway line was closed, the village had the distinction of the shortest signal box name on the British network.

The Wesleyan Methodists built a red brick chapel in Aby in 1895. It later closed[4] and is now the Village Hall.[2]

Aby's public house is The Railway Tavern.[2]

There are no schools in the village; the Aby CofE Primary School, which opened in 1852[2] was closed in 2009.[5] There are seven schools in surrounding Withern, Alford, Well, Willoughby, and Stewton.



Five miles south of Aby in Alford, there is the Alford Manor House Museum. The Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens are in Claythorpe, less than a mile away. Church Farm Museum is located in nearby Skegness. Bolingbroke Castle is also nearby in Old Bolingbroke.


  1. ^ "Swinn Wood | Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust". www.lincstrust.org.uk. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "Village Life". Lincolnshire County Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Aby Station (506735)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1372776)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  5. ^ "GENUKI: Aby". www.genuki.org.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2016.

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