Deeping St Nicholas

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Deeping Saint Nicholas
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Deeping St Nicholas church
Deeping Saint Nicholas is located in Lincolnshire
Deeping Saint Nicholas
Deeping Saint Nicholas
 Deeping Saint Nicholas shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,323 [1]
OS grid reference TF215160
Civil parish Deeping St Nicholas
District South Holland
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SPALDING
Postcode district PE11 3
Dialling code 01775 63
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Holland and The Deepings
List of places

Coordinates: 52°43′42″N 0°12′07″W / 52.7284°N 0.20205°W / 52.7284; -0.20205

Deeping St Nicholas, near Spalding in Lincolnshire, England is a village on the A16 road between The Deepings and Spalding. Unlike Market Deeping, which is in South Kesteven district, Deeping St Nicholas is in South Holland.

Deeping St Nicholas is also a South Holland civil parish[2][3] which includes the small settlements of Tongue End and Hop Pole, and a number of outlying farms. It has a total population of 1,323.


The village has a 19th-century stone church, the parish church of St Nicholas. The ecclesiastical parish is part of the Elloe West Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln, and part of a group with St John's, Spalding. The shared incumbent is Rev Peter Garland.[4] The Chapel built in 1867, is still open under the minister, Rev. Ann Bossingham. It is part of the South Lincolnshire Circuit of the Methodist Church

At 7 miles (11.3 km) long, the village has the distinction of being the longest in the United Kingdom[citation needed].

The whole civil parish falls within the drainage area of the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.[5]

At the Western end of the village is a level crossing for the Lincoln - Peterborough railway line, the site of the former Littleworth railway station. The goods shed there was used for agricultural produce, including transshipment from the narrow gauge potato railway that also crossed the road.

A Primary School opened on 2 January 1877 with a roll of 5 under a Mr Hanley. The current head teacher, Anita Bandey, oversees over 50 children.[6]

In 2008, eight large wind turbines, the blades of which are 42 metres (137.8 ft) in length, have been constructed on land to the north of the settlement, causing protest locally.[citation needed] Proponents of the turbines, however, highlight the environmentally friendly nature of the energy that is generated by the turbines, citing strong winds and relatively small local populations as a reason for their construction.[citation needed]


In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is written as "Estdeping".[7]

From John Marius Wilson's 1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales:

DEEPING FEN, a fen and a chapelry in Bourn district, Lincoln. The fen lies on the North Drove and the South Drove drains, between Market-Deeping and Spalding; and comprises upwards of 30, 000 acres. About one-half consists of enclosed commons, included in parishes; and the rest is extra-parochial. The chapelry comprises the extra-parochial part; was constituted in 1846; bears the alternative name of Deeping-St. Nicholas; lies adjacent to North Drove railway station, and 5 miles WSW of Spalding; and has a post office, of the name of Deeping-St. Nicholas, under Spalding. Acres, 16, 290. Real property, £27, 681. Pop., 1, 180. Houses, 184. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £210. Patrons, the Trustees of the late W. Stevenson, Esq. The church was built in 1846.

The Church of St Nicholas was built in 1846, when a new parish was formed to supersede the former chapel of ease of Spalding. The church was built by Charles Kirk, an architect from Sleaford,[8] in Decorated style common in older surrounding churches. The Parish is, in modern times,[clarification needed] again managed from St Johns, Spalding restoring the medieval situation. The village name Deeping St Nicholas appears to date from this same time, explaining why the railway station is called Littleworth.[clarification needed][original research?]


Most employment remains in agriculture. Other businesses are:

  • The Plough Inn
  • Vine House farm shop
  • Marjoram Motors MOT Centre (garage)
  • R T Randal Ltd (garage)
  • J A Watts (Mareham) Ltd (farming)
  • J Woodhead (farming)


External links[edit]

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