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Haxey village - geograph.org.uk - 1239278.jpg
Skyline of Haxey
Haxey is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population4,584 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSK765995
• London130 mi (210 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDN9
Dialling code01427
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
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 town and civil parish on the Isle of Axholme in North Lincolnshire, England. Directly south of Epworth, south west of Scunthorpe, north west of Gainsborough and north-west of the Lincoln, with a population of 4,584 at the 2011 census.[1] The town was regarded as the historic capital of the Isle of Axholme.[2]

Haxey lies between the villages of Westwoodside and Owston Ferry, part of the Isle of Axholme, and is notable for Haxey Hood, a local event with over 700 years of history.[3]


Haxey is 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 includes the town of Haxey and village of Westwoodside, and the hamlets of High Burnham (the highest elevation of the Isle of Axholme),[4] Low Burnham, East Lound, Graizelound and Upperthorpe which is conjoined to Westwoodside.


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

The towns 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 town 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 town character and other businesses.[8][9][10] In 2018, an application was submitted to demolish the Duke William pub[11] - which was subsequently revised to retain the frontage of the historic building which the pub resides.[12]

Thomas Buckle was born here in 1886. He is known throughout the area as the original champion of the Hood Hood. There is a plaque in the local pub ‘The Kings Arms’ dedicated to his efforts as well as a small charity run museum located near the Church, the site of his original home.


Haxey is served by buses provided by Isle Coaches, Stagecoach Buses and First South Yorkshire which give the town services to towns like Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Epworth.[13] The town was served by three railway stations. The central one was Haxey Town on the Axholme Joint Railway which ran from Goole to Lincoln via a connecting spur to the Doncaster to Lincoln Line. The station closed to passengers in 1933 and the line closing to freight and excursion services in 1956. The site forms a trail between Belton and Haxey. Another station was opened north on the Doncaster to Lincoln Line on the outskirts of the town. It closed in 1933 too. However, the other station named Haxey and Epworth closed in 1964 lasting longer than the previous stations. The nearest mainline station is now in the nearby town of Crowle and Gainsborough Lea Road.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Haxey". axholme.info. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  3. ^ North Lincolnshire District Council. "The Haxey Hood". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  4. ^ Stonehouse, William Brocklehurst (1 January 1839). 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". Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. 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" Archived 19 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Scunthorpe Telegraph, 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2014
  10. ^ "Village shop trade badly hit by new Co-op store" Archived 19 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Scunthorpe Telegraph, 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014
  11. ^ "'We will fight to save Haxey Hood'". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  12. ^ "More than 200 attend meeting on fate of pub and future of Haxey Hood". scunthorpetelegraph. 22 February 2018. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ https://bustimes.org/localities/haxey

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