Anwick

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Anwick
Anwick Forge - geograph.org.uk - 541681.jpg
Anwick Forge, Anwick
Anwick is located in Lincolnshire
Anwick
Anwick
 Anwick shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference TF114504
   – London 100 mi (160 km)  S
Unitary authority North Kesteven
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sleaford
Postcode district NG34
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Sleaford and North Hykeham
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°02′24″N 0°20′21″W / 53.039955°N 0.339305°W / 53.039955; -0.339305

Anwick is a small village in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. The village is situated 4 miles (6 km) north-east from Sleaford, on the A153 between Sleaford and Billinghay, and 16 miles (26 km) south-east from the city and county town of Lincoln.

History[edit]

Anwick is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Amuinc" and "Haniwic". The manor was in the Hundred of Flaxwell in Kesteven, and comprised 29 households with 5 villagers 3 smallholders and 21 freemen, and 6 ploughlands. In 1066 Lord of the Manor was Toki son of Auti; in 1086 lordship was transferred to Ralph, nephew of Geoffrey Alselin, and Drogo of la BeuvriËre. Tenancy-in-chief of manorial land was part held by la BeuvriËre and part by Alselin.[1][2]

Anwick was described in John Marius Wilson's 1870-72 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales as:

"a parish in Sleaford district, Lincoln; near the Sleaford canal, 4½ miles ENE of Sleaford r. station. Post Town, Sleaford. Acres, 1,820. Real property, £2,773. Pop., 277. Houses, 58. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage annexed to the rectory of Brauncewell, in the diocese of Lincoln. The church is good".

In 1885 Kelly's Directory noted the parish as part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union. The principal landowner was The Marquess of Bristol. Chief crops were wheat, beans, barley, turnips and seeds [potatoes], in a parish area of 2,019 acres (8 km2). Population in 1881 was 348.[3]

In June 2005 a Gatso speed camera that had been operating in the village for several years was shown in court to have been enforcing the wrong speed limit. The police had stated that the speed limit was 30 mph, yet the absence of street lighting meant it was actually 60 mph. Some 2,600 drivers had been prosecuted.[4]

RAF Anwick[edit]

Main article: RAF Anwick

During the First World War there was a Royal Flying Corps airfield north of the village. It was later named RAF Anwick, and was occasionally laid-out with a decoy airstrip during the Second World War in an effort to confuse enemy airmen that they were overhead RAF Digby airfield, a genuine fighter base.[5]

Landmarks[edit]

Church of St Edith, Anwick

The Anglican Church of St Edith is a Grade 1 listed early English church dating to the late 13th or early 14th centuries. The church was restored in 1859 and the spire rebuilt in 1906 after being struck by lightning.[6] Two glacial erratic boulders, the Drake Stones, lie next to the churchyard.[7]

Anwick has chicken-processing factory, a garden centre, a low-security independent hospital for men and a private airstrip on nearby arable land (the airstrip is unrelated to the Second World War dummy airfield and on a different site).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Documents Online: Anwick, Lincolnshire"; Great Domesday Book, Folio: 360v, 369v; The National Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2012
  2. ^ "Anwick", Domesdaymap.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2012
  3. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp.281, 282
  4. ^ Speeding conviction overturned
  5. ^ RAF Anwick
  6. ^ Church of St Edith
  7. ^ Drake Stones

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