Sister cities of Broughton, Lincolnshire
Broughton is a small town and civil parish situated on the Roman Ermine Street, in the North Lincolnshire district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) north-west from the town of Brigg. The hamlets of Wressle, Castlethorpe, and part of Scawby Brook lie within the parish boundaries.
It is considered that a settlement existed on the Broughton site dating back to the Neolithic Stone Age (New Stone Age). Many stone tools have been found in the area particularly out on the commons between Wressle and the dogs home. A settlement still existed in the Bronze Age too as pottery was discovered from a home on Ermine Street in 1956 that is thought to date back to the Bronze Age period. Also there were burial discovered around 1850 in the commons to the North East of Broughton that were excavated back in around 1850.
Broughton's St Mary's Church is thought to date back to the 11th century with major alterations in the 12th, 14th and 17th centuries. Gokewell Priory was founded nearby in the late 12th century to house a community of nuns.
The Baronetcy of Broughton was created 11 December 1660 for Sir Edmund Anderson and became extinct on the death of the 9th Baron, Sir Charles Henry John Anderson, 8 October 1891.
To the west and north, Broughton has extensive woodlands that stretch toward Dragonby, Scunthorpe and Appleby. These were granted by the late Rupert Dixon, who placed the land in the control of a trust for its care and maintenance, and to provide public access. The south of the woods sits one of the few 4-star hotels in the area, and which has a 27-hole golf course.
Though considered by many to be a village, it became a town in 1974, although it still has a village hall. Broughton has grown substantially since the mid-1980s, with new housing developments to the north and northwest of the town. At the 2011 Census, the size of Broughton parish was slightly larger than its neighbour Brigg, due to housing developments at the edge of the parish in Scawby Brook.
The Broughton Bulletin is a parish newsletter published by the town council most months, and The Broughton Book is a town magazine published every two or three years.
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