|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Haconby (W) (TF095255)|
|To:||Bridge End (TF149362)|
|Distance:||8.7 miles (14 km)|
|Meets:||A15, B1397, B1394, A52|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1177 dates right back to the original Ministry of Transport's road number scheme of 1922. The route hasn't altered since its inception, except for the additional few hundred yards added at Bridge End when the A52 was straightened.
The road runs mainly in a North / South direction from its southern terminus with the A15 in the village parish of Haconby to its northern terminus with the A52 at Bridge End in the village parish of Horbling.
Section 1: Haconby - Pointon
The B1177 sets off in a North-Easterly direction from its A15 junction towards the village of Dunsby. The road starts off with a couple of hidden dips before straightening out for approximately half a mile, after which the road enters the village of Dunsby via a very nasty right-hand bend which isn't only just downhill but near enough a 90-degree turn. Many road traffic accidents have occurred at this point over the years with cars entering the village far too fast and unable to make the turn: this has resulted in the bus stop being demolished at least once and sadly the total destruction and loss of the old pre-Worboys finger direction post in the mid 2000s; this used to be located on the left.
Continuing along the route, the road passes extremely close to Dunsby's parish church. The road also narrows at this point and if two articulated lorries should meet, one would have to give way otherwise a collision would occur. The road then negotiates two more sharp bends in the village itself. Leaving the village, the road meanders along two left- and right-hand sweeping bends. Continuing along the road, after negotiating another sharp left-hand bend, the road then straightens out before reaching the village of Dowsby. Along this section (before reaching Dowsby), if you look to your right (East) across the fens you will see the remaining Rippingale Railway Station buildings. This is now a private dwelling but you will also notice a train. The owner of this yard has placed several old railway carriages on the layout of the original track bed.
The B1177 continues along in a Northerly path into and through the village of Dowsby, where it meets the B1397. Leaving the village, the road meanders its way along through the small hamlet of Millthorpe, after which a long sweeping right-hand bend takes the road into the village of Pointon.
Section 2: Sempringham
Leaving the village of Pointon, you will enter the tiny village of Sempringham. This village may seem insignificant now as it's now only a collection of old farm buildings and about half a dozen houses; however, this was once a very important site and well known throughout the UK. This was the birth place of St Gilbert of Sempringham, Lincolnshire's only native patron saint and founder of the only all-English Monastic order, the Gilbertines. At this point, if you should look to your left (West) and you will see Sempringham Abbey set back all on its own, appearing to be situated in a field. Should you have time, please make the effort to leave the B1177 and turn up the Abbey road, almost opposite the Sempringham Fen junction. There is a large car park at the Abbey itself. Also, whilst visiting the church you will pass by the Memorial Monument dedicated the last 'true' Princess of Wales, Princess Gwenllian. She was born in 1282 and was abducted by Edward I at the age of 18 months and held captive at the Abbey and monastery for the rest of her life. The monastery suffered the same fate as many others across the nation at the hands of Henry VIII and was sadly was demolished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Section 3: Billingborough - Bridge End
From Sempringham the B1177 continues along its northerly path, crossing the old G.N.R. Sleaford to Bourne Railway line; this can be seen at the point where there is a white cottage on the right, which used to be the old gate house. The road becomes very winding on this section and has a poor accident record. Due to these factors, the introduction of a 40mph speed limit was implemented during August 2011. The road then enters the village of Billingborough and widens out through the village, becoming pretty much straight. At the main cross roads in Billingborough, please note the pre-Worboys finger direction post located on the right. The road leaves Billingborough continuing northwards passing the playing field on the right; this section is lined on both sides with lime trees for about a quarter of a mile before we enter the village of Horbling. Entering the village you will notice yet another pre-Worboys finger direction post located on the right-hand side. Further on but still in the village, the road takes a sharp turn right, with the final part of its journey being in an easterly direction. Note yet another pre-Worboys finger direction post, though this time with a concrete upright, located just before the (almost) right-angled bend.
Leaving the village of Horbling, the road narrows between the village boundary and the junction with Horbling Fen road. From here the road continues eastwards and meets with the junction of the B1394 at the tiny hamlet of Rookfield. Continuing eastwards, the B1177 crosses the course of the Car Dyke Roman canal that linked Lincoln with present-day Peterborough. This can be seen where the drain that is located to the right (South) suddenly passes under the B1177 in a Northerly direction. After this the road enters another tiny hamlet, Bridge End, which is where most of the changes have occurred to the B1177. When entering Bridge End, the B1177 makes a turn around a blind bend with a brick building on the south (right) side. Opposite this, a road shoots off in a North Westerly direction. This used to be the A52 and, before 1935, the A152. The present-day A52 was straightened, however, and a bypass of Bridge End was built to the North (left) some time in the 1960s. This has resulted in the B1177 being extended approximately half a mile to its present day terminus just east of Bridge End.