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Interior of St Nicholas, Haxey - geograph.org.uk - 465800.jpg
Interior of St Nicholas' Church, Haxey
Haxey is located in Lincolnshire
Haxey shown within Lincolnshire
Population 4,584 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK765995
• London 130 mi (210 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DN9
Dialling code 01427
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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53°29′13″N 0°50′46″W / 53.486838°N 0.846189°W / 53.486838; -0.846189Coordinates: 53°29′13″N 0°50′46″W / 53.486838°N 0.846189°W / 53.486838; -0.846189

Haxey is a village and civil parish within North Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 22 miles (35 km) to the north-west from the city and county town of Lincoln. The 2001 Census recorded a Haxey total resident population of 4,359 (including East Lound and Westwoodside),[1] increasing to 4,584 at the 2011 census.[2]

The village of Haxey lies between the villages of Westwoodside and Owston Ferry, forms part of the Isle of Axholme, and is perhaps most notable for Haxey Hood; a local event with over 700 years of history, reputedly making it "Britain’s oldest traditional tussle".[3]


Haxey is situated on one of a series of low-lying hills which reach a maximum height of 133 feet (41 m) out of the surrounding marshland. The River Trent lies to the east, beyond Owston Ferry.

The civil parish of Haxey includes the villages of Haxey and Westwoodside, and the hamlets of High Burnham (the highest elevation of the Isle of Axholme),[4] Low Burnham, East Lound and Graizelound.


Haxey, previously the 'capital' of the Isle of Axholme, was considerably destroyed by fire in 1741.[5]

The village Grade I listed Anglican parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas,[6] originates from the 12th and 13th century. It is of mainly Perpendicular Gothic style. The tower is of three stages, with an embattled parapet. Piers of the north arcade are Norman, and those of the south, with the chancel arch and chantry chapel, mainly Early English.[5]

Haxey has a Church of England primary school[7] and a private day nursery.

The village contains three public houses, The Duke William, The Loco and The Kings Arms, two convenience stores, a doctor's surgery, and a local estate agency. Lincolnshire Co-op opened a £1.2 million store in 2013 to some local opposition over loss of village character and other businesses.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001. "Haxey (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  3. ^ North Lincolnshire District Council. "The Haxey Hood". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  4. ^ Stonehouse, William Brocklehurst (1839-01-01). The history and topography of the Isle of Axholme ... Lincolnshire. p. 310. 
  5. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 161; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas (1241103)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Haxey Church of England Primary School". Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Co-op store plans get the go-ahead", The Epworth Bells, 16 April 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2014
  9. ^ Slack, V. J.; "£1.2m Co-op plan for the Isle", Scunthorpe Telegraph, 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2014
  10. ^ "Village shop trade badly hit by new Co-op store", Scunthorpe Telegraph, 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014

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