Hougham is both a village and a parish on the north bank of the River Witham, six miles north-northwest of Grantham and 112 miles north of London. Marston parish lies to the south, just across the river, and Barkston parish to the east. The parish covers about 2,600 acres in a roughly east-west rectangular orientation.
The village of Hougham boasts of pre-Conquest origins. The River Witham runs past the southern edge of the village, heading west to Long Bennington. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A1 motorway or the A607 trunk road north out of Grantham and turn off at the signs for Marston.
Horse riding is popular and there is an equine veterinary near the village.
The name Hougham is probably Old English hough+ham, for "river meadow of Hough-on-the-Hill". In the 1086 Domesday Book is is rendered as Hacham. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]