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A little bit of Lincolnshire

13 May

Heckington, Great Hale, Horbling, Billingborough & Burton Pedwardine,Lincolnshire, England.
Heading south from Sleaford in the direction of Bourne are the historic Lincolnshire places of Heckington, Great Hale, Horbling, Billingborough & Burton Pedwardine. The Total distance from start to finish of the journey is 2.5 miles but what the journey lacks miles is surpassed by Historical interest.
Burton Pedwardine is a hamlet located four and a half miles south-east of the market town of Sleaford and south-west of the village of Heckington. Burton Pedwardine is located in the district of North Kesteven, which is in the county of Lincolnshire in England.
Burton Pedwardine online describe it more eloquently ‘Located in the heart of the Lincolnshire Countryside approximately 4½ Miles south-east of the market town of Sleaford and nestling on the edge of the East Anglian Fens, Burton Pedwardine is still a predominantly agricultural village surrounded by open farmland. Many of the residents have come to enjoy the village’s peaceful tranquillity, friendly atmosphere and Lincolnshire’s legendary “big skies”
The focal point of Burton Pedwardine is St Andrews Church in which you can find the tomb of Sir Thomas Horsman, previously Lord of the manor of Burton Pedwardine.
Heckington is one of the largest villages in Lincolnshire, and in North Kesteven. There are 1491 households in Heckington and it is located about midway between Sleaford and Swineshead Bridge south of the A17 road.
The old St. Andrew’s church has a variety of original stained glass windows, one of which depicting the construction of the Decorated Gothic building itself. It was built during the 14th century. The church was featured in 2007 on the Divine Designs programme on Channel Five .
The Heckington Show is held annually in the village over the last weekend in July since 1864. The village has a 900-year-tradition of holding festive weekends.
Heckington is an “open village”, not owned by any one great landowner who held his tenants in tight control. Perhaps for this reason at certain times the young people became unruly. There was country-wide unrest following the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815 culminating in the Swing Riots in the 1830s. In October 1816 a gang, mainly of women, attacked the houses of Robert & William Taylor, Thomas Almond and William Platts, causing much damage, for which they were prosecuted. (an extract from’ Dusty Almonds’ by Ruth Tinley)
Heckington is also famous for its windmill: Heckington Windmill is the only 8-sailed tower windmill still standing in the United Kingdom with its sails intact.
Heckington is located about midway between Sleaford and Boston in Lincolnshire. The mill stands very close to Heckington railway station, hence its previous name of the Station Mill in the 19th century.

Great Hale is a small village, directly south of Heckington, in the county of Lincolnshire, England.
Great Hale is an ancient parish in the Kesteven part of Lincolnshire. It was in Aswardhurn wapentake, and was in Sleaford poor law union and rural sanitary districts. From 1894 to 1931 it was in Sleaford Rural District, and from 1931 to 1974 it was in East Kesteven Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in North Kesteven district. It originally contained the township of Little Hale in addition to the township of Great Hale, but Little Hale became a separate civil parish in 1866 In 1935, it gained part of the ancient parish of Bicker in the Holland part of Lincolnshire.
The church of St. John the Baptist is located in the centre of the village. Part of the church (the tower) is late Saxon and pre-dates the Norman conquest of England by approximately 100 years (i.e. 966 AD).
Horbling is a village which is situated a half mile north of Billingborough, Lincolnshire in South Kesteven on the B1777.
It contains a church and a Scout Group. The scout group serves for Billingborough, Horbling and Morton. The church is dedicated to St Andrew. The village pub is the Plough Inn on Spring Lane. It’s population in the 2001 census was 397.
In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is rendered as Horbelinge, from the Old English Horu+bill+ingas meaning “muddy settlement of the followers of Bill”.
The priory of Holland Bridge was founded by Godwin of Lincoln before 1200 and was dedicated to St. Saviour. The ruins of the priory are at the east end of the parish, near Car Dyke.
The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Andrew and some parts of the church building appear to be from the early Norman period.
Billingborough is a village and civil parish in the old district of Aveland Lincolnshire, England, about ten miles north of Bourne and ten miles south of Sleaford on the B1177 between Horbling and Pointon just south of the A52.
Billingborough is positioned at the edge of The Fens. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 1,098
The name of the village comes from the post-Roman Billings tribe of invaders.
The name, Aveland, is taken from a pre-conquest Wapentake of that name, dating back to 921. It stretched from Bourne to Threekingham.

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