Deeping St James

Coordinates: 52°40′18″N 0°17′58″W / 52.6717°N 0.29955°W / 52.6717; -0.29955
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Deeping St James
Signpost in Deeping St James
Deeping St James is located in Lincolnshire
Deeping St James
Deeping St James
Location within Lincolnshire
Population6,923 [1]
OS grid referenceTF150095
• London80 mi (130 km) S
Civil parish
  • Deeping St James
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE6
Dialling code01778
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°40′18″N 0°17′58″W / 52.6717°N 0.29955°W / 52.6717; -0.29955

Deeping St James is a large village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish (including Frognall) was reported as 7,051 at the 2011 census.[2]


Based around a now lost 12th-century Benedictine Priory, destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries,[3] the Grade I listed Anglican church of St James[4] is the largest church in The Deepings. It is a mixture of Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles,[5] with a tower and spire added in 1717.[6][7] The stones from the priory were used to build various 17th-century buildings in the area.[citation needed]

The village also has an 18th-century village lock-up, constructed on the site and with the materials from a 15th-century wayside cross.[8]

In the 17th century the manor was associated with the Wymondsold family of Welbeck Place, Putney, Surrey and East Lockinge, Berks.[9]

St James Deeping railway station, built by the Great Northern Railway Company in 1848, was closed in 1964.[10]

Although the separate cut for the Stamford Canal did not start until upstream of Market Deeping, Briggin's lock (or the Deeping High lock) was an important part of the Welland Navigation, and is still in place but is not navigable.


Deeping St James lies 1 mile (1.6 km) east from Market Deeping, to which it is conjoined, and on the River Welland, at the centre of rich sedimentary agricultural land on the B1166 and B1162 roads. With a population of 6,923 in 2,837 households, it is the largest of The Deepings parishes.[11] It falls within the drainage basin of the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.[12]


The parish church of St James is part of the Elloe West Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln. The 2013 incumbent is The Reverend Sonia Marshall.[13][14] There is also the Catholic church of Our Lady and St Guthlac, and a Methodist and two Baptist chapels. With St Guthlac's church in Market Deeping, these comprise the Churches Together in Deeping group.

The Deepings School, the main secondary school for the Deepings area, is located on Park Road. The school is next to the former Deepings Leisure Centre which permanently closed down in 2021.

The village has three public houses, Chinese restaurants and takeaways, a pizza restaurant, garage, home care provider, bakery/tea room, a garden railway specialist, and three computer systems companies.

Resident at Deeping St James is three-time BDO World Champion and three-time World Masters darts champion Martin Adams. In 2015 he was granted the freedom of Deeping St James by the local parish council.[15] Composer Philip Spratley is also a resident.


A short lived greyhound racing track was opened at the rear of Bundle Farm on 13 June 1931. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and was known as a flapping track, which was the nickname given to independent tracks.[16] Racing was every Tuesday and Saturday.[17]



  1. ^ "Area: Deeping St James CP". Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "ST JAMES PRIORY CELL (350059)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St James (1062680)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  5. ^ Cox, John Charles (1916). Lincolnshire. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. pp. 114, 155.
  6. ^ Historic England. "ST JAMES CHURCH (350062)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Churches' own history description". Priory Church Deeping St. James. Archived from the original on 4 October 2010.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 350068". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  9. ^ Lysons, Daniel (1792). The Environs of London. Vol. 1. Surrey, Putney. pp. 404–435.
  10. ^ Historic England. "ST JAMES DEEPING STATION (507065)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Parish Council details". Deeping St. James Parish Council. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Welland and Deepings IDB". Welland & Deepings Internal Drainage Board. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Deeping St James P C C". Diocese of Lincoln. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  14. ^ "The Priory Church Deeping St. James". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Martin 'Wolfie' Adams to receive freedom of Deeping St James", Rutland and Stamford Mercury, 29 April 2015 . Retrieved 15 March 2019
  16. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File, page 413. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  17. ^ "Deeping St James". Greyhound Racing Times. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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