Stickney, Lincolnshire

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Stickney
St.Luke's church, Stickney, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 163868.jpg
St Luke's Church, Stickney
Stickney is located in Lincolnshire
Stickney
Stickney
 Stickney shown within Lincolnshire
Population 2,150 (2011)
OS grid reference TF343566
   – London 110 mi (180 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOSTON
Postcode district PE22
Dialling code 01205
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Boston and Skegness
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°05′25″N 0°00′18″E / 53.090177°N 0.005059°E / 53.090177; 0.005059

Stickney is a linear village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It was an ancient parish in Lincoln County. Its population has increased since late 20th-century immigration and is 2150 as of 2011.

Location and transport[edit]

Stickney is situated at the centre of the Lincolnshire Fens on the A16 road, 8 miles (13 km) north pf Boston and 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Horncastle. The village postal address is Boston, although Stickney is not situated within Boston Borough.

The village is on a main bus route between Spilsby and Boston, which runs along the A16. It used to be served by an east-west railway line, which closed in 1970. A transmitting station is located near Stickney Camp Site at the north of the village.

Community[edit]

The ancient 13th-century parish church is dedicated to Saint Luke and is a Level II listed building.[1] The parish dates to 1564.[1] A new chancel was built in 1853 and the rest of the church was restored in 1855. The tower was partly taken down in 1887 because of deterioration, but rebuilt in 1900.[1]

Donations to the poor house and for care of the poor have been recorded since 1552, when William Hardy left a yearly rent charge of £1 6s. 8d. for the poor of the parish.[2]

Stickney Church of England Primary School serves local children. Some progress to regional grammar schools, and others to the William Lovell Church of England Academy, the former William Lovell Secondary-School, on Main Road. Lovell had established a free school in the parish in 1678. After the school was enlarged in 1879, pupils began paying an annual fee of ₤1 in 1881.[2]

Local amenities have included a public house, the Rose and Crown House on the main road, which operated for about 100 years, but closed and was for sale in 2012.[2] The village has a miniature railway, and a fish and chip shop. The post office doubles as a general store.

Stickney publishes a monthly Stickney Parish Magazine. The Stickney War Memorial is dedicated to men from the village killed during World War I; their names are listed on the memorial, and a photo is shown at this source.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Stickney was the home of Priscilla Biggadike, who in 1868 was charged and convicted of murdering her husband Richard by arsenic poisoning. They lived in a small two-room house with their five children and two lodgers. She testified that she had seen one of their lodgers, Thomas Proctor, putting a white powder into her husband's tea, and later into his medicine when Richard was being treated for a sudden attack of severe illness.[3]

At first the two were both suspects, as they were rumoured to be having an affair. The judge in the case ruled that only Priscilla Biggadike should be prosecuted, and the jury quickly convicted her. She was executed in December 1868. Proctor confessed to sole responsibility for the murder on his deathbed years later.[3]

The French poet Paul Verlaine spent several years in the 1870s teaching French, Latin, Greek and drawing at William Lovell's School.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "St. Luke's Church, Stickney", Explore Lincolnshire, accessed 6 August 2014
  2. ^ a b c d "Stickney", Lincolnshire GenWeb, Rootsweb, accessed 6 August 2014
  3. ^ a b "Priscilla Biggadike", Murderpedia.org. Retrieved 17 December 2013

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