Broughton is situated on the Roman Ermine Street. Though considered by many to be a village, it became a town in 1974 (although it still has a village hall). At the 2001 Census, the size of Broughton was slightly larger than its neighbour Brigg, which is the traditional market town of the area.
Broughton has beautiful and extensive woodlands that stretch toward Dragonby, Scunthorpe and Appleby, which the public were kindly granted access to by the late Rupert Dixon M.B.E, who placed the land in the control of a trust intended to take care of the woodland and maintain open access to it. Unfortunatately access to this woodland is due to be revoked in April 2008 by the trust that controls it.
On the outskirts of the village, there is one of the few 4 star hotels in the area and a 27 hole golf course.
St Mary's church in the town is thought to date back to the 11th century, if not before, with major alterations in the 12th, 14th and 17th centuries.
The "Broughton Bulletin" is a parish newsletter published by the town council most months that is written by Colin Drury,a town counciller, the "Bulletin" is currently at its 100th edition. "The Broughton Book" is also edited by Colin Drury, this is a town magazine published every two or three years.
Broughton has grown substantially over the last 20 years, with new housing developments to the north and northwest of the village.
Broughton is also home to the next King of the world, Bean