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Greatford
Greatford (Lincolnshire)
Greatford

Greatford shown within Lincolnshire
Population Medium village
OS grid reference TF089117
District South Kesteven
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STAMFORD
Postcode district PE9
Dialling code 01778
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
European Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Grantham and Stamford
List of places: UKEnglandLincolnshire

Coordinates: 52°41'32?N 0°23'16?W? / ?52.6921, -0.3877

Greatford is a village located in Lincolnshire, England. There are several generally accepted pronunciations and spellings for this village's name, including Greatford (the common modern pronunciation), Gritford (an older version), and Gretford (the general local pronunciation). Greatford was listed in the Domesday book of 1086 as Greteford and Griteford, indicating that the local pronunciation is closest the original. The name is believed to be derived from its location on a gravel or 'grit' ford of the West Glen River. In any case, the variable pronunciation and spelling seems to be accepted, as some local records spell the village's name "Gretford" as late as 1900.

Prominent in Greatford is Greatford Hall, a manor house built by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1500s. In 1930, Greatford Hall burned down and was subsequently rebuilt in a similar style to the original. The most famous use of Greatford Hall was as the abode and private asylum for Dr. Francis Willis, an accomplished physician whose art was treatment of illustrious patients. It was he who cured King George III of his madness at Greatford Hall in 1788. It is not available for public viewing today.

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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson currently resides in the village.

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