Heighington, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Guide to Heighington, Lincolnshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Heighington, Lincolnshire
Heighington St Thomas Lincolnshire.jpg
Heighington St Thomas Lincolnshire
Type Chapelry
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Langoe
County Lincolnshire
Poor Law Union Lincoln
Registration District Lincoln
Records begin
Parish registers: None; For records see Washingborough
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Longoboby
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lincolnshire Record Office

Chapelry History

The village and civil parish of Heighington is close to RAF Waddington and the adjoining parish of Washingborough, Lincolnshire and was a former chapelry of that Ancient Parish.

Heighington chapel of ease is an interesting architectural conundrum with a Norman tower arch clearly mediaeval in origin. Since there was a parish church nearby Heighington would have been a chapel of ease in the parish of Washingborough with Heighington. There is documentary evidence of the chapel mentioned in 1200 when William the priest at Hictington is a witness to a deed of gift.

The building was clearly dipidated by 1619 when the chapel of ease to Washingborough was built under the patronage of  Thomas Garratt who was one of the engineers who drained the Fens.  He bought thhe chapel of ease from the Crown. In Thomas Garratt’s will he set up a Trust Fund to found a school in the building for the boys of Heighington, Washingborough, and Branston, (in 1620) which for many years ran as a Grammar School with pupils from all over the country.This Trust fund is the Thomas Garratts Charity and the Rector of Washingborough is automatically one of the Trustees,and who is also tasked with taking services in the Chapel under the terms of the Will. The building to this day remains the property of the Trust and not the church of England.

The tower had been the only part of the building made of Stone the chapel being built of brick until the 1860's when the rector had work carried out to form the building visible today.

It was not until 1993 when the building had ceased to be used as a school and formed the Thomas Garratt Heritage Centre that the diocese of Lincoln dedicated the building as St Thomas chapel. Debate about dedication to St Martin as a stone cross in the village had such a dedication.

The Free Methodist chapel was built in 1882

HEIGHINGTON, a chapelry, in the parish of Washingborough, Second division of the wapentake of Langoe, parts of Kesteven, union and county of Lincoln, 4¾ miles (E. S. E.) from Lincoln. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. [1]


Civil Registration

This parish is in the South West sub-district of Lincoln registration district.

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Material deposited at Lincolnshire Archives,

St Rumbold Street

Enquiries: lincolnshire.archives@lincolnshire.gov.uk The website enables you to view a PDF file for all records held for each parish as part of continuing efforts to provide an online catalogue.

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Heighington

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

See Lincolnshire Census

Poor Law Unions

Lincoln Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lincolnshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 466-470. Date accessed: 24 August 2013.