Metheringham Area Population
1801 - 2001
The Metheringham Area is a largely agricultural area. Using the various national census reports from 1801 onwards, it is possible to see how the population has varied over the past 200 years. These graphs are adapted from information obtained from A Vision of Britain Through Time website, a lottery funded project run by the University of Portsmouth.
This first graph shows an overall increasing trend in the population count from 1801 to 2001. Some figures are missing: in 1941, the National census was not carried out because of WW2 and the 1981 and 1991 figures are not initially available.
This graph shows the census returns for the whole of the Metheringham parish. Metheringham's population returns show a steady increase from 1801 with a peak around 1881 followed by a gentle decline caused by the mechanisation of the farming industry. The arrival of the railway in 1882 did nothing to halt the decline. It wasn't until the 1960s, with the boom in car use, that the population started to rise rapidly. As a satellite town for Lincoln, Metheringham's popularity has continued to grow since the 1960s with many new estates being built in the village. The latest estate, Shiregate, has seen the population increase by an additional 500 in the past 10 years.
The population trend in the Scopwick parish was relatively static in the 19th century. However, between 1921 and 1931, there was a huge unexplained influx into the village that more than doubled the population. The likely reason for this is the opening of RAF Scopwick, later RAF Digby, in 1918.
The population of Dunston parish, like many others in this region, showed steady growth until a peak the 1880s when the effect of mechanisation caused a drift away from the country.
Blankney, as an 'estate village' had a pretty stable population up until the 1950s. Since then, the population has started to decline as the older generation are not readily replaced by a younger generation .