About this website

The website is endorsed by the Wrawby PCC. The domain name wrawby.org.uk originally was registered in 2000 and transferred to these web servers the following year. The website is not funded ...   More

About Wrawby - the name, the place, the mill

The name of Wrawby is first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Waragebi and has had many variant spellings including Wraghebi, Wrakebi and Wraby with Wrawby in use from the 15th century. The name is thought to derive from the Old Danish meaning "Wraghi's farmstead or village".

The village of Wrawby is located two miles to the east of Brigg and is perhaps most famous for its postmill.


The mill, high on the Lincolnshire Wolds, is the last postmill in the north of England. It was built around the year 1760 on the site of an earlier mill and was until 1910 part of the Elwes estate when it was sold. It continued working until 1940 when the loss of a sail brought the mill to a standstill. By 1961 the mill was ready to collapse when it was saved by a locally formed Preservation Society. The restored mill was re-opened in 1965 and ground its first bag of corn in 25 years.

Village map (299 Kb)

Wrawby Village Map


The Local History Group writes

Lying 1½ miles north east of Brigg in North Lincolnshire, the ancient village of Wrawby is known to have been the site of a settlement from as early as Roman times. It derives its current name, however, from the time of the Danelaw when it was known as Wraghebi, or Wraghi's farm ...   More

Wrawby A Century Ago

Postcard small

Purchased by RR and SC, this vintage postcard shows the church and the village pond which used to be beside it. It was sent to Hessle, Hull and on the evidence of the postmark, it is believed to have been sent during the Great War, in 1916. Large version in new window

Information Board - Web Version

The information board near the Church, at roughly the same location shown on the postcard above, was planned and installed in the Diamond Jubilee Year 2012. It is accompanied by a millstone and a bench. The bench is inscribed "The Olympic Torch passed here 26/6/2012" and was funded by donations from the stalls for visitors to the Olympic Torch Relay on that day. Together they are a reminder of a special year. Interactive Board Page

Meet the Neighbours

Appleby, Barnetby, Brigg, Caistor, Melton Ross, Elsham Hall, Scawby Hall

Wrawby's neighbours