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Heckington Station Walk


The name ‘Heckington’ means ‘the farmstead or village associated with, called after Heca’, and is derived from Old English, ‘Heca’ being a personal name. The settlement of Heckington was first documented in the Domesday Book, where a large number of landholdings were recorded. 

Starting point
Heckington Station, Station Road, Heckington, Sleaford, NG34 9JJ

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Points of interest: 

The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew and dates back to 1345 to 1380. The church has a spire 185 feet tall with Parish registers existing from 1559. Heckington is unique in that it hosts a long standing local show. Heckington show dates back to 1867 and has been present at its current location ever since being the biggest village show in the country. It is also the location of the only 8 sailed windmill still standing in the country, boasting a visitors centre, café and opportunity to ascend inside to the very top. 

  • 1Heckington Station
  • The station was opened by the Boston, Sleaford and Midland Counties Railway on 13 April 1859, it is siuated close to the Windmill.
  • 2Heckington Windmill
  • Heckington Windmill is the only eightsailed tower windmill still standing in the United Kingdom with its sails intact. It was built in 1830 by millwright Edward Ingledew for its first owner Michael Hare. Following a severe thunderstorm which blew off the cap and sails, it was repaired in 1892. The repairs were carried out by John Pocklington using a cap and eight sails from a windmill in Boston.
  • 3Heckington War Memorial
  • This Grade II listed Memorial lists 31 Heckington men who fought in the first and second world wars who lost their lives, it was unveiled in 1922.
  • 4Henry Godson’s Almshouses
  • Constructed in 1886 they feature red brick in Flemish bond, slate roofs with raised stone coped gables and moulded kneelers. Godson bequeathed four Almshouses to the village and they were used for the sick and poor until 1912.
  • 5St. Andrew’s Church
  • This church is a rare example of a complete 14th century decorated church with a spire that reaches 185 feet tall. The church has original stained glass windows, one of which depicts the construction of the decorated style building itself.
  • 6Heckington Manor
  • Heckington Manor was originally a seventeenth century building which was rebuilt in 1909. In 1578 the Mansion House, also known as Boston Garth, was leased to William Taylor. By 1665 Robert Taylor was living in a large house in Heckington, presumably on this site. In 1769 Richard Godson married Mary Taylor, the heiress of the Taylor estate, and this family lived at Heckington Manor until the 1950s.

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Poacher Line Station Walks

Enjoy a collection of walking routes accessible by rail. All along the Poacher Line you can find historic landmarks to visit, scenic walks, visitor attractions and monuments that are accessible up and down the award winning Poacher Line railway.

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Starting point: Heckington Station, Station Road, Heckington, Sleaford, NG34 9JJ