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Heckington is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,353 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceTF145435
• London100 mi (160 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG34
Dialling code015294
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°58′55″N 0°18′14″W / 52.982°N 0.304°W / 52.982; -0.304Coordinates: 52°58′55″N 0°18′14″W / 52.982°N 0.304°W / 52.982; -0.304

Heckington is a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated between Sleaford and Swineshead Bridge, and south of the A17 road. Heckington, with 1,491 households, is one of the largest villages in Lincolnshire.[citation needed]. The population of the civil parish including Boughton was 3,353 at the 2011 census.[1]


St Andrew's Church, Heckington

Church and chapel[edit]

Heckington Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.[2] It is of cruciform plan and in a complete Decorated style.[3] The original 14th-century church was acquired by Bardney Abbey in 1345, and subsequently a new chancel was built by vicar Richard de Potesgrave, chaplain to Edward III. Potesgrave's damaged effigy is within the church; other memorials include brasses to John Cawdron (d. 1438), and William Cawdron "baylyf of Hekington" and his two wives. The steeple is from 1360–70; it was rebuilt in 1888 as part of a restoration,[4] after a previous church restoration of 1867.[2] Over the south porch are the arms of Edward the Confessor, adopted by Richard II in 1380.[4] The tall spire of the church reaches 176 feet (54 metres) high. [5]

The church has original stained glass windows, one of which depicts the construction of the Decorated style building itself.[citation needed] The church was featured in 2007 on the Divine Designs programme on Channel Five[6] narrated by historian Paul Binski and made by WAG TV.

In 1885, Kelly's Directory reported the existence of one Baptist and two Wesleyan chapels, and in Heckington Fen a chapel of ease in Early English style and chapels for Primitive and Reformed Methodists.[3] The Methodist church was built in 1904 by the architect Albert Edward Lambert.[citation needed]


Eight-sailed windmill, Heckington

The nearly 1,000-year-old village (first mentioned in the 10th century)[by whom?] is best known for its windmill of the same name, the only 8-sailed example of its type still standing in the UK and Europe. The tower windmill built as a five-sailed mill in 1830 and turned into an eight-sailed mill after serious storm damage in 1890–92 was formerly (and sometimes still today) named Pocklington's Mill after its last owner John Pocklington. In 1986 the windmill underwent restoration.[7]

On 28 June 1993, RAF GR7 Harrier ZD430 of 3 Squadron travelling from RAF Leeming to Germany crashed south-west of the village towards Burton Pedwardine. The pilot ejected at 3,000 ft and survived.[8]


Village Sign in Heckington

The £2.5 million 2+34-mile-long (4.5-kilometre) village bypass, built by Reed & Mallik of Salisbury, was opened by Lynda Chalker on 14 December 1982, and the former route of the A17 is now the B1394, which also leads to Billingborough via Great Hale across a level crossing over the partially single-track railway near the railway station. The village has three level crossings.

Another linear settlement of East Heckington lies alongside the A17 road two miles (three kilometres) east of Heckington. To the north is Howell, which is part of the parish.

Heckington falls within the drainage area of the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board.[9]

The parish boundary meets Kirkby la Thorpe west of Mead's Farm on the A17. North of there it meets Asgarby and Howell, which includes part of Heckington's religious parish. It follows north of the A17 eastwards then along Heckington Eau, across Washdike Bridge to the north of Star Fen. Where it crosses Car Dyke it meets South Kyme and follows Head Dike eastwards, across Sidebar Lane (B1395) at Five Willow Wath Bridge. This is the point where the NG, LN and PE postcodes meet. At the north-south Holland Dike, it meets Amber Hill, and the Borough of Boston, becoming the North Kesteven boundary. West of here is Heckington Fen, and east of the boundary is Algarkirk Fen. At the junction of Holland Dike and Skerth Drain, near Six Hundreds Farm, it meets Swineshead. It follows Holland Dike southwards to Rake's Farm, north of the A17, meeting Great Hale. West of here the boundary meets the A17 at Maize farm, crossing Labour in Vain Drain. The boundary follows the A17 westwards, north of Poplars Farm. South of Garwick Farm it crosses Car Dyke and Carterplot Road. 330 yards (300 metres) south of the level crossing is the division between Great Hale and Heckington, following the Beck westwards to the Burton Pedwardine road, where it meets Burton Pedwardine near a small copse. West of Whitehouse Farm it follows south of the railway westwards, meeting Kirkby la Thorpe north of Lodge Farm.


There is one voluntary controlled primary school in the village: Heckington St Andrew's Church of England School. In 2012, it had 201 pupils on roll and was graded "good" by Ofsted.[10] A National School opened in Heckington in the 1830s and was located on Cameron Street from 1873. In 1951, it became a Church of England controlled school, new buildings were opened on Howell Road in 1962 and the school has used its current name since 1999.[11]

Heckington falls within the catchment area of the three secondary schools in Sleaford, each of which has a Sixth Form and has been rated "good" by Ofsted: Carre's Grammar School (male grammar school),[12] Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy (female grammar school)[13] and St George's Academy (mixed non-selective secondary school).[14] The grammar schools are based in Sleaford, but St George's operates across two sites (one at Sleaford, the other at Ruskington) where pupils are educated separately; the Sixth Form, however, is based solely at Sleaford.[14] The grammar schools require students to sit the Eleven plus exam,[15][16] but St George's is not selective.[17]


Village green

The Heckington Show has been held annually in the village over the last weekend in July since 1864. The 2020 Show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The village's 1859-built Heckington railway station is a railway museum.[18] Village amenities include a swimming pool,[19] a Co-op store, a butchers and a greengrocers.

Heritage Lincolnshire[20] and Archaeological Project Services, its commercial wing, are based in the village.

The village has its own successful magazine, published on a bi-monthly basis [21] and an internet radio station, set up to keep local people connected with each other, their friends and families around the world [22]

Ecotricity have been given permission to build a 22-turbine wind farm on Heckington Fen.[23] It would generate enough electricity for about 40,000 homes. The site is next to a line of 400 kV pylons.

The village has a community website.[24]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Andrew, Church Street (1360590)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 472
  4. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 163, 164; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  5. ^ Flannery, Julian (2016). Fifty English Steeples: The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England. New York City, New York, United States: Thames and Hudson. pp. 198–205. ISBN 978-0500343142.
  6. ^ "Divine Designs", wagtv.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011
  7. ^ "Heckington Windmill" Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  8. ^ Harrier crash, United Kingdomserials.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011
  9. ^ "Black Sluice IDB".
  10. ^ School Report: Heckington St Andrew's Church of England School, 2012 (Ofsted). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Heckington St Andrew's CE Primary School (Reference Name SR/430)", Lincs to the Past (Lincolnshire Archives). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  12. ^ Carre's Grammar School: Inspection Report 2013 (Ofsted). Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ School Report: Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy 4 June 2013 (Ofsted). Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  14. ^ a b St George's Academy: Inspection Report May 2012 (Ofsted). Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Carre's Grammar School Admission Policy" Prospectus 2014-15 (Carre's Grammar School).
  16. ^ "Admissions Policy - 2014-15" Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Admissions Policy 2015" St George's Academy. Retrieved 7 January 2015. Archived at the Internet Archive on 10 January 2015.
  18. ^ Heckington Station Railway Museum Archived 23 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, homepage.ntlworld.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011
  19. ^ Heckington Swimming Pool, Retrieved 23 July 2011
  20. ^ Heritage Lincolnshire Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 23 July 2011
  21. ^ "Heckington Living"
  22. ^ "Heckington Living Community Radio"
  23. ^ "Heckington Fen, North Kesteven, Ecotricity. Retrieved 23 July 2011
  24. ^ "Heckington Community Website"
  25. ^ "Official Website for Tom Edwards"
  26. ^ "One-off BBC Casualty role for former High School girl Abi", Sleaford Standard, 23 February 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013
  27. ^ "Toynbee, Joseph" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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