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All Saints' Church
Ruskington shown within Lincolnshire
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Ruskington is a large village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, located on the north-south B1188 road and slightly north of the A153 road. The village contains approximately 2,200 dwellings and is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length, measured from east to west. The population of the civil parish was 5,169 at the 2001 census, increasing to 5,637 at the 2011 census.
Ruskington is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) to the north of Sleaford, 20 miles (32 km) from Newark and Grantham, and 15 miles (24 km) from Boston and Lincoln, with a flat landscape. The Spires and Steeples Trail passes north-south through the village, following the River Slea into Sleaford. The High Street is split into two parts, High Street North and High Street South, by The Beck, a brook that flows from Bloxholm 5 miles (8 km) west of the village before merging into the Slea at Haverholme Park. A large number of Mallard ducks inhabit the Beck and surrounding gardens.
Roxholm is to the west of the civil parish, and the boundary passes south of Roxholm Grange. On the road to Dunsby it meets Brauncewell, passes eastward through Cottage Farm, crossing the road to Bloxholm, then crossing the B1188, Lincoln Road, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of the village, where it meets Dorrington, skirting the northern edge of the village.
The border crosses the railway south of Cedar Farm (in Dorrington), then follows to the south of the road from Dorrington out onto the fens (Ruskington Fen). At Sylcote, it meets North Kyme, following Farroway Drain to the south at Ruskington Dales. It then follows Anwick Bank westward, where it meets Anwick to the south. At Highfield, it follows the Anwick road to the south, crossing the A153. North of Haverholme Priory (outside the parish), meeting Ewerby and Evedon at the River Slea, which it follows for over 300 yards (270 m) to the west, before meeting Leasingham. It follows the northern edge of the wood westward along a tributary of the River Slea, then follows parallel to the A153 westward to the south. It crosses the A153 south of the 400 kV pylons, before meeting Roxholm at a copse north of Rigg Farm.
The remains of a Roman road also run parallel and to the west of Lincoln Road, but are apparent only in aerial photographs. Ruskington's Anglo-Saxon burial ground is situated on Lincoln Road near Mill House. At the time of the Domesday Book, it was part of the ancient Flaxwell "wapentake" (a collection of local parishes).
Local government and public services
The medical centre is situated in Brookside Close. There is a dental surgery on High Street North, and an optician on High Street South. Brookside Close has a veterinary surgery, with another vet's surgery on High Street North. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) operates a station on Kesteven Street, Sleaford. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides services at three main hospitals in the county, Pilgrim Hospital (Boston), Grantham and District Hospital, and Lincoln County Hospital, all of which run 24-hour accident and emergency departments as of January 2015.
The main employer in Ruskington is Tulip, a division of Danish Crown (previously "George Adams"), a pork products factory which originally produced primarily sausages and pork pies. Tulip's Ruskington site now produces fried crumbed products like Scotch eggs and cocktail sausages. It was the manufacturer of Spam fritters and Wicked Pigs, but these products have been discontinued. Stores and local shops provide other employment.
The B1188 road runs through the village, terminating 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village, at Speedway Corner. A railway station, which originally opened on 1 August 1882, and reopened on 5 May 1975, is on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line. Passenger trains do not run on Sundays. Ruskington is on a bus route between Sleaford and Lincoln, and a local bus operating company, Phillips of Ruskington, operates the local school buses.
Ruskington has two primary schools: Ruskington Winchelsea Primary School and Chestnut Street Church of England Primary School. Winchelsea was judged to be at a "good" standard when it was inspected by Ofsted in 2013; at which time it had 156 pupils on roll. Chestnut Street School converted to an Academy in 2012; at its latest Ofsted inspection (2013), it had 293 pupils on roll and was judged to be at a "good" standard.
A national school was opened in 1868 to house 120 children and was not provided for by local rates under the Education Act 1902. In 1878, the Ruskington School was established and erected a school two years later; in 1903, the Board was abolished and the school became Ruskington Infants' Council School, provided for by local rates; in or about 1947 it was renamed Ruskington County School. The Winchelsea School replaced it, opening in 1974 and moving to its current, purpose-built site in 1992.
The nearby town of Sleaford has three secondary schools, each of which were rated "good" standard at their latest Ofsted inspections: Carre's Grammar School (male grammar school), Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy (female grammar school) and St George's Academy (mixed non-selective secondary school). 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. The school had 2247 pupils on roll in 2012, across both sites and including the Sixth Form. The grammar schools require students to sit the eleven-plus test and achieve a minimum score before applying; providing they fall within the catchment area, applicants are then given priority based on home location in the event of a tie. St George's is not selective, but gives priority based on home location in the event of it being over-subscribed.
In 1957, Ruskington County Secondary Modern School was officially opened. Renamed Coteland's Community School by 1999, the school was under-performing in the 1990s—closure was being considered in 1994 and, in 1997, the school's GCSE performances were ranked second-lowest in the country; however, under the guidance of headteacher David Veal (1994−2007), the school was recognised one of the most improved schools in the country in 2000 and received a School Achievement Award for its progress between 2000 and 2002. In April 2007, a plan to merge St George's College of Technology in Sleaford with Lafford High School, Billinghay, and Aveland High School, Billingborough was announced; Coteland's was invited to join. After Veal's retirement in 2007, the Governors opted in and the school became part of the federation; in 2010, the Government authorised a scheme to merge St George's, Aveland and Coteland's into a single Academy.
The village is served by several churches. The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints is at the west end of the High Street. The Norman church was built in 1086 to replace an earlier, Anglo Saxon wooden structure. Parts of the tower are believed to date from 1086, but the chancel portion was built in the 13th–14th century. The tower was damaged in 1618 and rebuilt in 1620.
The village has a bowls club and a junior football team called the Ruskington Lions. The Ruskington Lions girls' team is now entering a newly founded Lincolnshire County Intermediate Women's Football League. The village hall hosts a dance school on Saturdays, and another dance school is located on Brookside Close near the doctors' surgery.
Pubs and clubs
There are three pubs, the Shoulder of Mutton Inn on Church Street, the Red Lion on High Street North and the Black Bull on Rectory Road. Potters Restaurant on Chestnut Street is now closed.
Ruskington's High Street North has a co-op (including a pharmacy and sub-post office), an optician, farm shop, three charity shops, a carpet shop, three barbers, a number of ladies hairdressers, two tea and coffee shops, a florist, five take-aways (one Indian, one kebab and three Chinese), a Chinese restaurant, and two fish and chip shops, one with a restaurant. Church Street has a card shop, a butcher-cum-baker, and a butchers' cash-and-carry factory shop. There is a pet supply outlet and a general supply with hardware shop on Manor Street, and two news agents, a building society-cum-estate agent, a computer shop, and a garden centre on Newton Lane. Priory Road has another farm shop, and Rectory Road has a petrol station-cum-garage (which includes Spar retailing). The village hall is off Parkfield Road.
People from Ruskington
- George Davy Kelley, Labour MP from 1906–10 for Manchester South West
- Sir Robert Pattinson, Liberal MP from 1922–23 for Grantham
- Samuel Pattinson, Liberal MP from 1922–24 for Horncastle
- William Moroni Gibson (1847–1917), immigrated in 1856 to the United States, an early Mormon pioneer and polygamist
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- South Lincs Church
- Ruskington Garden Centre