Heckington is both a village and a parish. The parish is about 117 miles north of London, 5 miles east of Sleaford and 11 miles west of Boston on the Swineshead road (now the A17 and A1121) that runs between Sleaford and Boston. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Asgarby and South Kyme parishes, to the west by Burton Pedwardine and on the south by Great Hale parish. The parish is from one to two miles broad and 6 miles long, extending five miles east of the village out to the South Forty Foot Drain. It covers about 5,300 acres.
The village of Heckington is now a small town, situated on a slight hill overlooking the Fens to the east. The Car Dyke passes just east of town. The hamlet of Garwick (or Garrick) is about two miles east of Heckington on the road to Boston. East Heckington lies a mile further east on the same road and the hamlet of Garwick (Garrick) lies on the Boston road two miles east of the village. If you are planning a visit:
It is probably easiest to take the A17 and take the B1394 turnoff (either one) and follow that road into town.
Watch for the sign! John LUCAS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.
In the 1086 Domesday Book, the parish is shown as held by Gilbert de GAUNT.
In 1841, the principal land owners were the SCOTT, GODSON, LEESON, CHRISTOPHER, LEIVESLEY, KELHAM, GLEED and FOSTER families.
In 1900, the principal land owners were Mrs. William LITTLE, Mrs. Charles Henry LITTLE, George GODSON, Hussey PACKE of Leicestershire, the trustees of Charles SHARPE, The Rev. Joseph Mason AUSTEN of London, Mr. Martin CHRISTOPHER, Mr. Edwin REDSHAW, and Mrs. Joseph GODSON.
In 1913, the principal land owners were Mrs. William LITTLE, Mrs. Charles Henry LITTLE, Edward Hussey PACKE of Leicestershire, the trustees of Charles SHARPE, Edward Lewis Tennant AUSTEN, Ernest Henry GODSON, Mr. Martin CHRISTOPHER, Mr. Edwin REDSHAW, John Henry BUNTING of Spalding, and Frederick WARD.
The name derives from the Old English Heca+ing+tun, meaning "estate associated with Heca". It appears as Hechintune (some sources show Eschintune) in the 1086 Domesday Book. A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
The locals pronounce the village name as "Eckington", dropping the "H" in true British fasion.
Here's a newspaper clipping mentioning the village. Unfortunately, the newspaper´s name is lost, but the date is 27 Oct. 1917. Right-hand columns are incomplete but I think it is possible to work out most of the context. I´ve used * to indicate gaps of lengths I could only guess at: Diane Maltby
WOUNDED, BUT MA *PROGRESS.- On Monday last, * Corporal S. Beck, of the Li* an official intimation from * that their son was lying * at a Casualty Clearing Sta* from severe wounds. Corpl. * in France two years, and hi* will be glad to learn that a * ed in several places by shrap* ing satisfactory progress.
WAR SAVINGS ASSOC* Meeting of the Committee w* parish room, on the 18th * Godson presiding. At the * Rev. Twentyman, a vote* on the sudden bereavement * member, Mr. T. Curt, w* passed. Mr. W. Key, the * presented a statement, sh* members now number 243, * and 98 males, and amount* September, 1916, £5,583 17s. * purchased 7.205 at 15s 6d * resolved that in future o* completing his card, he sh* earliest dated certificate h* sociation. The auditor's * half-year ended 30th Septe* read. The committee c* members on what has been * trust that more will join * work. It is a splendid inv[?] * spare cash, and it is helping* war. The hon. Secretary at * room on Saturdays, from 7 * he, or his co-worker, Mr. * pleased to call on any like [?] * Try our Crown Mixtur* Higgs, Sleaford - Advt.
Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sleaford petty session hearings every Monday.
In 1720, William Taylor left a yearly charity of £24 for poor people not on parish relief. He included four cottages in the village, a house and 12 acres of land. Two of the cottages were burned down about 1835, and the other two were occupied rent-free by poor widows.
At the enclosure of the common lands in 1764, 44 acres were set aside for the poor.