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Heckington, Lincolnshire

Historical Description

Heckington, a village and a parish in Lincolnshire. The village stands adjacent to the Boston and Grantham branch of the G.N.R., 5 miles ESE from Sleaford, and has a station on the railway, a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.), a police station, a temperance hall, and a sheep and cattle fair on the second Thursday in Sept. The parish contains also the hamlet of Garwick and the tract called Six Hundreds. Acreage, 5802; population, 1686. The living is a discharged vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln; net value, £270 with residence. The church is Decorated English, cruciform, and 172 feet long; has a W tower 98 feet high, surmounted by a spire 86 feet high; and contains ancient stallwork, a fine hexagonal font, a double piscina, a rich Easter tomb, an altar-tomb and effigies of Richard de Potes-grave, chaplain to Edward III., who was vicar in 1307, and several interesting inscriptions and monuments. It was restored in 1887-88. There are a chapel of ease at East Heckington, consecrated in 1890, a Baptist, a Primitive Methodist, a Reformed Methodist, and two Wesleyan chapels. There are also charities worth about £113 a year, and four almshouses which were erected in 1888. An ancient market cross, formerly in the village is now in the churchyard.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLincolnshire 
Ecclesiastical parishHeckington St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionSleaford 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Heckington 1561-1837, Lincolnshire is available to browse online.

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Heckington from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Oat Sheaf
DistrictNorth Kesteven
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNG34
Post TownSleaford