Heighington, Lincolnshire

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Heighington - geograph.org.uk - 94629.jpg
Heighington's old post office
Heighington is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population2,918 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceTF030693
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLINCOLN
Postcode districtLN4
Dialling code01522
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′43″N 0°27′27″W / 53.211957°N 0.457390°W / 53.211957; -0.457390Coordinates: 53°12′43″N 0°27′27″W / 53.211957°N 0.457390°W / 53.211957; -0.457390

Heighington (/ˈh.ɪŋ.tən/ HAY-ing-tən) is a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England.[1] It is situated about 4 miles (6 km) south-east from the city and county town of Lincoln.[2]

In the 2001 Census the population of the parish was recorded as 2,918 in 1,203 households.[3]


Heighington civil parish adjoins to the south of Washingborough. To the west of the village, the parish boundary with Washingborough follows Sheepwash Lane and at the bridge at the crossroads over the railway, follows Washingborough Road east. When travelling on the main road between the two villages, Washingborough Pits is the main demarcation. It passes along Gail Grove, a section of Lee Avenue, Sandra Crescent, along the back of the gardens of Eve Gardens to the east, then along a footpath to the north of Sunningdale Grove. It follows the footpath east, then follows a hedge northwards to meet Fen Road (B1190), passing through Moor Farm, to the east of the farm shop, and north of Willow Tree Farm, it follows Middle Fen Lane to the north-east along Heighington Fen. It passes to the north of Slate House Farm along a track, and at Boundary Farm, next to the River Witham and National Cycle Route 1 (Water Rail Way), it becomes the North Kesteven boundary, with West Lindsey and Fiskerton. At Branston Island, on the Witham, it meets Branston, and follows the Branston Delph to the south-west. Just south of Corporation Farm, at Branston Booths, it crosses Bardney Road (B1190) and Car Dyke, then follows Moor Lane, and crosses the railway. 330 yards (300m) west of the junction with Potterhanworth Road, it follows a hedge-line north, close to the east of Branston and on the eastern edge of Branston Community College playing fields. 220 yards (200m) north of the school on Branston Road, it meets the parish of Washingborough, at the point where it joins the footpath to Washingborough Top. The parish does not border Canwick.[2]


Heighington is not mentioned in Domesday. The chapel may have been a chapel of ease or a field church. It is mentioned in a will of 1524.[4] A clock was erected to serve as a Great War memorial on the tower of Heighington's endowed school in 1924.[5] Heighington Railway station closed in 1964.[6]


Parts of Heighington lie within a conservation area.[7] The 2001 Census recorded 1,203 households. The parish council has 11 members.[8] The village shares a county councillor with Washingborough.

Heighington chapel, a former church,[9] is dedicated to St Thomas, and in the group of Washingborough and Heighington with Canwick.[10] The building is of 12th-century origin, is Grade II listed,[11] and was restored in 1619 as a chapel by Thomas Garratt, a 'fen-adventurer' of the fen drainage scheme. Garratt gave lands for the support of the teaching of grammar and Latin and the reading of divine service within the chapel. This teaching took place until 1864-65, after which a new attached school house was built by Michael Drury, the older structure reserved for Church of England worship.[12][13] This grammar school was attached to the church until 1885, and later moved to the Thomas Garrett Arts, Crafts and Heritage Centre; it closed in 1976.[14]

St.Thomas' church

In 1885 Kelly’s noted the presence of Wesleyan and Wesleyan Reform chapels;[15] a Grade II listed former Methodist chapel still exists now used as a business premises.[16] According to Kelly's the parish of Washingborough, which included Heighington, had an 1881 population of 747, was of 2,147 acres (9 km2), and had agricultural production of chiefly wheat, oats and barley.[15]

Heighington’s 23 (2019) listed buildings include a manor house, farmhouse, and various houses and cottages with other attached buildings.[17] A notable unlisted building is Heighington Hall, an 18th-century mansion with gardens designed by the noted landscape architect Edward Milner.[18]

Village public houses are the Butcher and Beast[19] and the Turks Head, both on High Street.[20]

The village school is Millfield Community Primary Academy (formerly Millfield Community Primary School). To the south of the village and east of the railway line is Bracken Hill Golf Club.[21] The Peterborough to Lincoln Line passes through the west of the village. The Branston and Heighington railway station closed in the 1960s and was on the south-western edge of the village on Station Road. Five Mile House railway station on the Lincolnshire Loop Line, although close to Fiskerton, was also within the parish boundary. That line closed in 1964. The nearest active station is Lincoln Central.


  1. ^ "Heighington parish council". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lincoln: Sleaford, Metheringham & Navenby (Map) (A1 ed.). 1:25 000. OS Explorer. Ordnance survey of Great Britain. 3 April 2006. § 272. ISBN 9780319238202.
  3. ^ "Neighbourhood statistics". 2001 census. Office for national statistics. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "St.Thomas,Heighington chapel". www.crsbi.ac.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ "No.87 Spring 2012". www.slha.org.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Heighington". www.slha.org.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Conservation area map" (PDF). Lincolnshire county council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Parish council". www.parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ St Thomas' church Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  10. ^ The Washingborough Group of Churches. Retrieved 12 October 2011
  11. ^ Historic England. "Chapel and attached school (1360209)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  12. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 164; Methuen & Co. Ltd.
  13. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 569; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram in 1989, Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  14. ^ "Lincolnshire Heritage Council". Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  15. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 473
  16. ^ Historic England. "Methodist Chapel and attached railings (1062547)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  17. ^ "listed buildings". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  18. ^ White, William. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire, and the City and Diocese of Lincoln. W. White, 1872, ed. 3, p.648
  19. ^ "Butcher and Beast", geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  20. ^ "High Street", geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Local greens". www.localgreens.com. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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