Monument record MLI81226 - Settlement of Heighington


The settlement of Heighington has its origins in the medieval period, and possibly earlier, although it has always been closely associated with Washingborough. It survives to the present.

Type and Period (2)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age - 850 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

Full Description

61404 The name Heighington means 'the farmstead, village associated with Hyht'. The first documentary evidence for the settlement of Heighington appears to be the Book of Fees in 1242, but it seems to have been returned with Washingborough. Because of its close relationship with Washingborough there is very little separate information available for Heighington. It does not appear to have been a separate parish until the mid nineteenth century. The church in Heighington was a chapel which was subordinate to the church in Washingborough. It may be that, as early as the twelfth century (the church was originally twelfth century), social and economic pressures led to people from Washingborough settling higher up on the heath at Heighington. The population in 1801 was 321 rose to 640 in 1901. {1}{2}{3} Two sherds of Saxon pottery (1 mid-late and 1 late) were found during a watching brief south of Back Lane which may suggest, albeit very tentatively, an earlier foundation for the settlement. Two possibly medieval kilns or ovens were also found during this watching brief (see 61427). {4}{5} The village has some historically important items of street furniture including a flagpole (see PRN 65008) and also several cast iron street hydrants with lion decorations which date from the provision of a public water supply in the 1930s. {6}

Sources/Archives (6)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 62.
  •  Article in Monograph: Dorothy Owen. 1979. 'Chapelries and Rural Settlement: An Examination of some of the Kesteven Evidence' in English Medieval Settlement. page 37.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 363.
  •  Report: Pre-Construct Archaeology. May 1999. Land South of Back Lane, Heighington. BLH97.
  •  Archive: Pre-Construct Archaeology. 1999. Land South of Back Lane, Heighington. LCNCC 150.97.
  •  Unpublished Document: North Kesteven District Council. 2007. Heighington Conservation Area: An Assessment of the Character and Appearance of the Conservation Area. p 22.



Grid reference Centred TF 0315 6945 (630m by 452m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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