Monument record MLI87781 - Settlement of Heckington


The settlement of Heckington has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period, and survives to the present

Type and Period (2)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

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Full Description

63579 The name 'Heckington' means 'the farmstead or village associated with, called after Heca', and is derived from Old English, 'Heca' being a personal name. {1} The settlement of Heckington was first documented in the Domesday Book, where a large number of landholdings were recorded. Two manors, sokeland, and two berewics are mentioned. A priest and a church, and three fisheries, are also mentioned (24/40). The minimum population in the late eleventh century was 51. {2} By 1563 there were 107 households in Heckington. {3} In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century 48 families were recorded in Heckington, which rose to 240, and then fell to 132. It is not known if these figures are accurate, and if they are, what caused such large fluctuations in population. {4} In 1801 the population was 1042, and this peaked at 1865 in 1871, and was 1604 in 1901, and was by far the biggest settlement in the wapentake. {5} The Enclosure Act was in 1763, and the Enclosure Award was 1765. The unenclosed land was six open fields of uneven sizes. {6} There was a high concentration of mud and stud cottages in Heckington, and a photograph taken in 1905 of Cowgate shows many mud and stud cottages (PRN 63579a - TF 1434 4425). A glebe terrier records a vicarage house 'built all earthen walled and covered with thatch'. {7} During trial trenching on land at New Street (PRN 63579b) in September 2009 a medieval or later ditch or furrow and a fragment of 13th to 15th pottery was found. {10}{11}

Sources/Archives (11)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 62.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Morris, J. (ed.). 1986. Domesday Book for Lincolnshire. 1/3, 7/47, 24/40, 26/27, 37/7, 57/31, 67/6, 72/31.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. page 190.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: R.E.G. Cole. 1913. Speculum Dioeceseos Lincolniensis sub Episcopis Gul: Wake et Edm: Gibson A.D.1705-1723. Part 1: Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow. page 62.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 360.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Rodney Cousins. 2000. Lincolnshire Buildings in the Mud and Stud Tradition. pp.14,45,48.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Edward Trollope. 1872. Sleaford and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln. pp.384-387.
  •  Aerial Photograph: HARTLEY, R.F.R.. 1980-92. LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. 12/7/81.
  •  Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2009. Archaeological Evaluation on land at New Street, Heckington. HEND09.
  •  Archive: Archaeological Project Services. 2009. Archaeological Evaluation on land at New Street, Heckington. LCNCC: 2009.117.



Grid reference Centred TF 1434 4398 (694m by 820m)

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Record last edited

Aug 19 2021 11:16AM


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