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An Introduction - Winterton
21. Apr 2006 at 17:49
Winterton is a small town in North Lincolnshire, England, 5 miles North-East of Scunthorpe. Taking into account the 5 years since the last UK census, the population currently stands at approximately 5,000 people. Major North-South/East-West streets of the town are Market St and Northlands Road.
It has a long history going back to Roman times and several large mosaic floors and other Roman remains have been found there.
In October 1968, during road-widening works on the A1077, workers came across a massive stone coffin containing a skeleton later identified as being that of a young woman aged between 20 and 25 years of age, who stood 5'3" (1.6 m) tall. She was of high status, as determined by the high quality of the coffin made from a single block of limestone and she was also found to be laid on a sheet of lead. Down the hill from this spot are the remains of one of the Winterton roman villas, which is famous for its mosaic pavements where it is most likely she lived.
The late Professor Cameron (in The Place Names of Lincolnshire, Vol 6, p125) thought the town's name meant the farmstead, the village or the estate of the Winteringas, who were perhaps followers of someone called Winter or Wintra. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is called variously Wintrintune, once; Wintrintone, four times; Wintritone, twice and Wintretune, once .
After the conventional Woden, Winta heads the list of the kings of Lindsey. It seems fairly clear that Winteringham, which lies where the limestone upland of Lindsey comes close to the waters of The Humber, was the landing place of the dominant group of Anglish settlers in the fifth century. The mouth of the valley of the Winterton Beck is now silted but the small harbour of Winteringham Haven still exists. Winterton, further inland along the limestone ridge, would be a secondary site to which they expanded.
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