Pickworth is both a village and parish six miles east of Grantham and three miles west of Folkingham. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Walcot parish, to the west and south by Lenton parish and to the east by Folkingham parish. The parish covers about 1,470 acres. In 1913, the ecclesiastical parish was merged with Walcot.
Pickworth is a small village, off the main roads. If you are planning a visit:
The town can be accessed off of the A15 trunk road between Bourne and Sleaford. Turn off at Foklingham and head west for about a mile, then turn north.
Michael PECK reports: "The Pickworth (St Andrew) War Memorials have been recorded. There are 3; a WW1 memorial proper and a separate Roll of Honour for WW1 and WW2. There are no numbers, ranks or arms of service mentioned. On the WW2 roll the surname appears first."
In grateful remembrance of Hallam Hardy JOHNSON and George Cooper COOK. Men of this parish who died in the service of their country in the Great War.
WW1 Roll of Honour - Our Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918.
Charles SHARP. Victoria Cross 9th April 1915 (underlined in gold).
Basil Gordon HOUGHTON
Hardy JOHNSON [RIP]
George Cooper COOK [RIP]
Alfred DAVIE [Discharged]
Reginald C HOUGHTON
Francis Cyril HOUGHTON
Harold BREWSTER [Discharged]
Albert JOHNSON [Discharged]
Charles Richard SHARPE (Note the slight spelling change) won his V. C. on 9 May 1915 according to official records. He was a corporal in the 2nd Btn. Lincolsnhire Regiment and died in 1963 at Workington, Cumberland. Basil G. HOUGHTON, above, is believed to have emmigrated to the US in 1918. George C. COOK, above, is buried in Walcot's parish cemetery. William Hardy JOHNSON was a private in the 11 Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 20, who died 1 Oct. 1916.
WW2 Roll of Honour - Parish of Pickworth on active service.
CARTER Peter Curtis
CHALLIS Rupert Edward
FOSTER Irene Joan
HOLLINGWORTH George Arthur
JOHNSON Victor Hugh
SMITH William Waining
SAMPSON Desmond William
There appear to be no Commonwealth War Graves in Pickworth's parish churchyard.
The name of Pickworth comes from the Old English Pica+worth or "enclosure of a man called Pica". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Picheuuorde (remember, the "W" is a relatively recent invention). A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
White's 1841 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BARNES, BAXTER, BLAND, CARTER, CHARLTON, ELLIS, GREEN, LOWE, LUNN, MOOR, PACEY, PAULING, RASTALL, RIMINGTON, SARGESON, SEALES, SHARP, SOLOMON, TOPPS, VINE and WORTHINGTON.
White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: ANDREWS, BAXTER, BEESON, BELCHAM, BROTHWELL, CARTER, CHARLTON, CLAYPOLE, COLLISON, FOSTER, HOLLINGWORTH, HOUGHTON, MITCHELL, MOOR, NORRIS, RASTALL, RIMINGTON, SEILES, TOPPS, TOWNSEND, TYERS and WAKERLY.
Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: ANDREWS, BAGWORTH, BECKETT, BREWSTER, CLAYPOLE, CRAWFORD, DICKINSON, FOSTER, GIBBONS, HOLLINGWORTH, KNIGHT, MATTLESS, RASTALL, SMITH and TOPPS.
Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BACKETT, BREWSTER, BURTON, CLAYPOLE, FOSTER, HOLLINGWORTH, HOUGHTON, KNIGHT, RASTALL, SHAW, SPENCER and TOPPS.