The Deepings

The Deepings

The Deepings

The Deepings

The Deepings

The Deepings

Nestling beside the River Welland in the south of the district sits the town of Market Deeping and the villages of Deeping St James, West Deeping and Langtoft – collectively known as The Deepings. Originally part of an Anglo Saxon settlement, these are now thriving communities with many beautiful old buildings.

The magnificent Priory Church in Deeping St James was originally a Benedictine priory dating back to 1139 and is a fine building with a rare 18th century tower.

The 13thCentury Church of St Guthlac in Market Deeping still retains some of its Anglo Saxon features and has a tower that was built by Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII, featuring two sun dials.

There are the remains of two locks on the river in Deeping St James. These formed part of a navigation of the River Welland that was constructed in the 17th century. This, together with a six-and-a half-mile canal that connected the Deepings with Stamford, carried many boats and resulted in much wealth for the merchants of the Deepings.

The Stamford canal was in use from 1673 until 1863 and was probably the earliest, post-Roman commercial canal in England.

Two local hostelries The Bull and the Deeping Stage in Market Deeping were originally coaching inns. The Deepings has award-winning restaurants, cafes and shops to explore. Famous events include the annual Deepings Raft Race in August and The Deepings Duck Race on the river in September.

Explore our beautiful locations in The Deepings

Bluebell Inn exterior

The Bluebell Inn

Come to The Bluebell Inn for a night or two away and discover the beautiful local countryside. Our newly completed ...
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Bluebell Inn exterior

The Bluebell Inn

A real village pub with rooms, privately owned, where you'll find a great range of good cask beers, affordable wine, ...
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Thorney Museum fun day

Thorney Heritage Museum

Our independent volunteer-run museum shows the history of our village and parish. A former island in the Fen, it became ...
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Thorney Abbey

Thorney Abbey

Thorney Abbey is a vibrant parish church which welcomes visitors and which is part of a 12th century Benedictine abbey, ...
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John Clare Cottage

John Clare Cottage Museum

Tucked away between Stamford and Market Deeping lies the village of Helpston, the home of the renowned poet John Clare ...
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Priory Church, Deeping St James

Deeping St. James Priory Church

Founded as a Benedictine Priory in 1139, this fine large church has what Pevsner describes as an 'outstanding' seven bay ...
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