Hickling, Nottinghamshire

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St Luke's Church
Hickling is located in Nottinghamshire
Hickling shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 511 (2011)
OS grid reference SK691294
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE14
Dialling code 01664
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°49′25″N 0°58′30″W / 52.8235°N 0.975°W / 52.8235; -0.975Coordinates: 52°49′25″N 0°58′30″W / 52.8235°N 0.975°W / 52.8235; -0.975

Hickling is a village in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. It is located close to the border with Leicestershire, approximately 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Melton Mowbray; the Vale of Belvoir is also nearby.[1] It has a population of around 550, measured at 511 in the 2011 Census.[2]

The disused Grantham Canal passes through the village and there is a large basin adjacent to the main road. This would have facilitated loading and mooring when the canal was in use. The basin now attracts a substantial population of swans and ducks and passing motorist who stop to feed them. Plans to put the canal back to water are progressing [1] and include the building of a swing bridge on the main road through the village. Like many bridges along the canal the original one has been flattened and therefore presently prevents navigation of the cut. Some nearby bridges, like the one elsewhere on this page, will need little work to put back to use. Further details of the plan for the area are available here. [2]

Much of the village lies within a conservation area, which also contains 24 listed buildings. St Luke's Church dates from the 14th century. Inside the church can be found two ornate grave lids that were made for persons of importance and date from the tenth century.[3] A number of Roman coins and medals were found in an urn ploughed up nearby in 1771, and it is suspected that there may have been a Roman base nearby.

Hickling residents are commended for their charity raising skills. The village holds an annual scarecrow festival over a weekend each September. Money raised at that event in 2009 along with the Hickling Country Fair, Open Gardens totalled over £13,500. £4,500 was handed over in February 2010, at a ceremony at the Plough Inn, to each of the Meningitis Trust, the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, and a further 14 village groups. [3] The Plough [4] is very much a focal point for the village providing good home produced food and a welcome atmosphere. The pub fields other activities including poker nights and, alternate Thursdays, open mic night [5]

Famous residents[edit]

American politician Fred M. Warner (1865–1923) was born in Hickling, though he spent most of his life in Michigan, serving as the state's Governor between 1905 and 1911.[4]



  1. ^ map, rushcliffe.gov.uk
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Tolley, Chris (February 2003). "Hickling". Crossing the Millennia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Warner to Warra at politicalgraveyard.com

External links[edit]

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