"Hickling is a large village and parish on the Grantham Canal, at the foot of the Wolds, near the Leicestershire border and the Vale of Belvoir, 12 miles south-east of Nottingham and 8 miles south by west of Bingham. In 1771, a farmer whilst ploughing near the village, found an urn containing about 200 Roman silver coins and medals, most of them of "the age of Vespasian". This discovery seems to confirm the opinion of Camden, that there has been a Roman station here. Fossils, chiefly shellfish, are often found here in the limestone. The parish is called in Doomsday Book Eeheling and Hegeling, and was partly soc to Cropwell and Granby. It contains 613 inhabitants and 2,663 acres of land, of the rateable value of £3,014 8s, which was enclosed in 1776, when 431a 0r 4p were allotted in lieu of tithes, in addition to 62a 0r 4p of ancient glebe. The principal land owners are the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, Mr Marshall, Mr Collishaw, Mr Eaton, Mr Robert Hardyard and Mr Mason, and several other freeholders, but Earl Manvers is the lord paramount. The parish church is dedicated to St Luke, and has a fine lofty tower with four bells and a clock. A stone coffin, bearing a Runic inscription, was found some years ago under the chancel." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
This village and parish are just east of the Vale of Belvoir. Leicestershire forms the eastern border and Kinoulton parish is to the north. The parish lies 8 miles north-west of Melton Mowbray and 12 miles south-east of Nottingham city. The parish covers 2,866 acres.
The old Grantham Canal passes through the north end of the village. There is a large turn basin next to the main road, but the canal here is unused these days, except by swans and ducks. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A606 trunk road northwest out of Melton Mobray and turn north at Nether Broughton.
Remember, swans and ducks have the right of way!
The village has its own Website to attrract and advise visitors.
You can see pictures of Hickling which are provided by:
Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
The Nottingham Archives Office holds copies of Hickley's bastardy bonds, Register of Apprentices and other parish chest material. Some of this material has been microfilmed for the LDS Family History Library. Check their catalog for full information.