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Heapham, Hewitt's Mill.jpg
Heapham windmill
Heapham is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceSK875883
• London135 mi (217 km) S
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGainsborough
Postcode districtDN21
Dialling code01427
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′04″N 0°41′06″W / 53.384407°N 0.685094°W / 53.384407; -0.685094Coordinates: 53°23′04″N 0°41′06″W / 53.384407°N 0.685094°W / 53.384407; -0.685094

Heapham is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, and 5 miles (8.0 km) south-east from Gainsborough.

According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, Heapham derives from the Old English for "homestead or enclosure where rose-hips or brambles grow", being hēope or hēopa with hām or hamm.[1]

Heapham is recorded in the 1872 White's Directory as a scattered village and parish with a population of 141, and of 1,250 acres (5.1 km2) of land in the Soke of Kirton. All Saints Church had been restored in 1869-70 at a cost of £400. The incumbency was a rectory valued at £361 and included a residence, under the patronage of Lieutenant-colonel Weston Cracroft Amcotts M.P. The Heapham entry included the small Wesleyan chapel, built 1842. Professions and trades listed in 1872 included the parish rector, a corn miller, a farm bailiff, and thirteen farmers, one of whom was a parish overseer, and another a carter and carrier; the carrier [transporting goods and occasionally people] operated between the village and Gainsborough.[2]

Heapham Anglican Grade II listed parish church is dedicated to All Saints. The church tower is of Saxon origin; the main body, Norman. The church was restored in 1868.[3][4] The churchyard contains the war grave of a Sherwood Foresters soldier of the First World War.[5]

Two chapels were built by Wesleyan Methodists, one in 1842 the other, Grade II listed, in 1897.[6] Other listed buildings[7] include Heapham Windmill, described as "The most complete windmill in West Lindsey".[8][9]


  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.232. ISBN 019960908X
  2. ^ White, William (1872), Whites Directory of Lincolnshire, p.317
  3. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 162-163; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  4. ^ Kelly’s Directory of Lincolnshire with the Port of Hull, 1885, p. 472
  5. ^ CWGC Casualty Record.
  6. ^ Heapham, genuki.org.uk; retrieved 22 June 2011
  7. ^ "Listed Buildings in Heapham", British Listed Buildings; retrieved 22 June 2011
  8. ^ Heapham Windmill, British Listed Buildings; retrieved 22 June 2011
  9. ^ Heapham windmill, windmillworld.com; retrieved 22 June 2011