A Brief History of the Horse & Jockey and Waddinton

Originally a 16th-century coaching inn, the Horse & Jockey has a history exceeding that of many of its surrounding buildings. Built from local limestone and oak framed, the grade 1-listed building has its fair share of supernatural activity, with the Green Lady’s presence often felt!

The village of Waddington is a settlement documented in the Doomsday Book of 1086, and was mainly an agricultural community until the late 19th century. Horse racing also took place on the heath land areas, which are now part of the RAF station. At various times, other activities including malting, brickmaking, and stone quarrying have taken place in the village.

High Dyke, the road that runs between the main RAF station and the service married quarters, lies on the line of the Roman road, Ermine Street. There is only minor evidence that High Dyke is Ermine Street, but the alignment is so exact that it is unlikely to be a coincidence. It is of note that Ermine Street, as it passes Byards Leap 20 miles to the south, is also called High Dyke at that point. The traceable line of Ermine Street peters out in the adjacent village of Harmston, and does not reappear until the other side of Lincoln.

Contact us now, in Waddington, Lincolnshire, to learn more about the history of our pub.