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Healing in Lincolnshire ~ Village & Church History
A look into the history behind the Lincolnshire village of Healing near Grimsby

Healing is a small village that sits between Grimsby and Immingham.
Healing church in LincolnshireThe village is spilt in two by the main road though the nucleolus of the original village is based around the church and manor house.
St Peter and St Paul church is best viewed from the angle seen below as it has a rather unfortunate modern extension to the rear. Inside too there have been what some may say are brave modern alterations. I suppose it’s wrong to be judgemental and one must accept practical ideas over romantic ones nowadays.

The building itself does have a little bit of the 13th century left in parts of the tower but most of the rest is the 1840 rebuild.
There’s the medieval cross base in the churchyard and what is possibly a 15th century ‘chalice’.

Healing Manor
Is/was a restaurant/hotel that seems to have had mixed fortunes. Originally of course the manor house. What’s seen now is a replacement for the original though there are parts of the replacement building which date to the early 18th century.
Next to the building you’ll see quite extensive remains of a moat which belongs to the neighbouring ‘moated site’ which forms part of a Shrunken Village and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Personally, I wondered when I was going round it whether the moat was a likely part of the original manor house.

Healing Wells
On the road to Riby Gap is said to be a spring that had healing qualities and indeed gave the village its name. Thomas Allen states there are 2 such wells just a few feet apart, one spring used as a bath and the other to drink from and they are “celebrated for their efficacy in curing all cutaneous disorders”

Toot Hill
Clearly marked on old OS maps, not to be confused with Toothill at Little Coates, is very possibly a 50 foot round bowl barrow. This has yet to be established though so it could just be an earthwork.

Healing Church in Lincolnshire

Healing Church in Lincolnshire

The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hechelinge or Heghelinge and was ‘owned’ by the Archbishop of York, Bishop of Bayeaux and Alfred of Lincoln and lists half a mill.

That’s do as a general overview I think, lest things get too unwieldy. Further information and more in-depth analysis will appear subsequently in comment form below.
In that spirit please do feel free to contribute if you know anything at all of interest that applies to the village of Healing.
Thanks and regards

See Also Toot Hill Healing ~ Military Clergyman ~ Air Raid Shelter ~ Healing Church


  1. Jon S said,

    February 17, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I heard that Healing Manor had been used for quite an extensive horticultural ‘business’ recently…but that trading has now ceased!

  2. Rod said,

    February 17, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    sounds like a growth industry :roll:
    I also hear unconfirmed rumours that there were some people living in the attic who weren’t shall we say native to Lincolnshire - not sure whether that’s true or not

  3. Chris Keyworth said,

    February 18, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    Well done Jon RESULT..


  4. Curious said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Hi Rod
    In the past I have visited Healing village Hall many times this was built originally to house the telephone exchange which is now in a newer building next door the building was finished 1937/8? what I have always found odd is the thickness of the walls when most buildings then where single brick , Did the small village of Healing need a telephone exchange or was it built with a possible war on the way? and if so what part did it play. (the hall is on the main road near the School) I would love to know the history of this building any thoughts?

    Regards Curious

  5. Rod said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - you’ve got me ‘curious’ now !
    I too would like to know more about it now - all I do know about the Healing Telephone Exchange is that I’m connected to it :)

    Any ideas out there . . .

  6. Patrick Spaull said,

    June 18, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I sang in the choir at this lovely little church 1942-45. As I recall we got a shilling for weddings and funerals and sixpence for memorial services. (These were more frequent in those days, hence the reduced rate).
    Just recently it was opened for me to visit once again by Mr Wilson,who very kindly went out of his way to enable my wife and I to indulge in a little nostalgia. The old place is still as I remembered it in those days when I and other urchins would climb the belfry and sit in the sun chewing apples and watching Wellingtons and Whitleys (?) making practice bombing runs across the nearby fields. Or Lancasters from Kennington taking off in the late afternoon for their long haul across Europe. The church was not locked in those days, so there was no breaking and enterering, just avoiding detection, for which small boys have an innate talent.
    “Oakroyd” in Oak Rd where we used to live is now undergoing extensive renovations, though Oak Rd itself has not changed much. Palmer’s shop has gone though, and Jack Steele’s butcher shop is now a fish shop. I used to buy Woodbines in 5’s in an open ended paper wrapper from Petersens when we could not beg enough Luckies from the Yanks. (Can I ‘ave a fag for me dad? Who was in India at that time) They were very generous and occasionally I might get a whole packet. The young Petersen was a bluejacket in the navy. The Yanks in P38 Lightnings used to roar down the rail track and hedge hop over the signal box and frighten the life our of Mt Broughton, the signalman and then whizz off and play tag around the water tower. (Also gone).
    Thank you Mr Wilson for your kindness and courtesy and my best regards to any of the old time Healingites who might recall those strange days.
    I live in West Australia now, and have done for many years, but I always have a soft spot for the place where I weas raised.

    Patrick Spaull
    June 2011

  7. Mike Whitworth said,

    July 17, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Patrick Spaull`s comments vividly reminded me of the war period he was writing about. My brother and I were two
    of the other urchins in the choir at Healing.
    Patrick is my age group and I spent a lot of time at Oakroyd. We lived with our Grandparents in Oak Road nearby.
    It was great to have news of an old friend. Best wishes to him and any other residents of Healing past or present.

  8. doug waller from canada said,

    August 17, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    Many years ago I made a video recording of the recollections of my Father and his sister, Peggy ( Mrs William Grice) about growing up in Keelby.
    My Father moved to Canada at age 16 when Peg was only 10.
    As a teenager she was a house maid for ” Lady Blumer” in Healing for a while. Could this have been at the building now called “The Manor”…it seems the likely structure.
    Peg is still alive in her late 80’s so I can check with her again.
    I would be happy to hear if anyone can fill in the history gap, as I record some things about our family history before I am myself a part of history !


    Doug (age 71)

  9. Rod said,

    August 18, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    HI Doug,
    thanks for the comment and a warm welcome to the site
    All the best

  10. James Smith, 12 said,

    November 6, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Hello Rod,
    I wonder if it would be possible for you to email some of the former residents of Healing above (i.e. Patrick Spaull, Mike Whitworth) and ask them to send me some of their memories of Healing. If you could that would be great.

    Many thanks,

  11. Rod said,

    November 6, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Hi James,
    I don’t have their email addresses I’m afraid but hopefully they’ll see this or others will and perhaps they’ll post them here for you or send them in.

  12. James Smith, 12 said,

    January 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Does anyone know anything about a Cpl John Bates, RAFVR, who is buried in this churchyard?


  13. Rod said,

    January 8, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    this one is well worth looking into and I note you’re already on the case on your excellent site.
    It’s worth remembering that these military graves were used for people who died whilst ‘in the forces’ there is not necessarily a military connection to the death - it could for example but illness or a road accident for example.

  14. Rod said,

    January 17, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Re James’ comment:
    As I was at in Healing churchyard today I thought I’d seek out and record the military gravestone of John Bates and reiterate James’ request for more information.

    the miliary grave of Corporal John Bates RAFVR

  15. Richard Spaull said,

    February 1, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Patrick Spaull is my brother and i wish to add a comment about my childhood in the village iam 6 years younger than my brother.Carl Petersen was my great friend and we went every were together i remember the long school holidays and we wonder the fields on the other side of the railway station and fall in the ditch looking for tadpoles.
    I went to the Healing school from1945-1951 until we came to AUST.
    This september my wife and i shall be making a visit and shall look forward to walking around the village and
    paying a visit to the school. I also remember Mike Whitworth.
    I live in Sydney Aust.
    Richard Spaull 1 Feb 2012.

  16. Rod said,

    February 1, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    thanks for the coment and welcome to the site - enjoy your visit to the area
    All the best

  17. Amiguru said,

    February 7, 2012 @ 12:40 pm


    Toot Hill

    Expanded in J.G. Hall’s Notices of Lincolnshire, (1890), thus:

    Near the church is the remains of a large tumulis, [sic] called Toots Hill, and there is a tradition that an ancient monastery existed here.

    Smoke without fire?

    Neville - Well Healed ;)

  18. Rod said,

    February 7, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    phew !
    Do I need to get down there and take a photo for a new thread do you think ?
    Just the rumour is enough to excite several related thoughts . . .

  19. Rod said,

    February 7, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Been for a walk so we’ll have a lone article for this . . .

  20. Amiguru said,

    February 7, 2012 @ 4:37 pm


    I hope it hasn’t been a wild goose chase, but you know, I have quoted Hall verbatim and sometimes there is a grain of truth in a rumour.

    Here is another thought triggered by this: [edit: by Rod] new thread coming

    Incidentally, the book was published in some place called ‘Hull’; have you heard of it? :roll:

    Mischievously yours,

  21. Rod said,

    February 7, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    Hull, I’ve heard of it, indeed I once ended up there after missing the Humber Bridge turn off, it was a very distressing experience and one I’v eno wish to repeat :twisted:
    All: New thread coming for the hill, should be up tonight, please save anything for that - thank you

  22. Amiguru said,

    February 8, 2012 @ 3:36 pm


    I hope to ring a few bells with this post :roll:

    1….’The gift of CHAMPION DYMOCK, 1685′
    2….’The gift of Sir FRANCIS LAWLEY and FRANCIS COVENTRY Esqre, 1685′
    3….’JESUS BE OUR SPEDE, 1633′
    4….’ANNO DOMINI 1573′


  23. Rod said,

    February 8, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    that’s spooky as I was just looking at an old photo of the church bells all laid out on the floor at Laceby.
    Do we still hear church bells as ofte as we did ?

  24. Amiguru said,

    February 8, 2012 @ 7:06 pm


    Ha-Ha! :P

    The above is of course a quote from J.G. Hall. It needs confirmation from ‘Our Man at Healing’ perhaps, as bells are from time to time damaged, replaced, re-cast, etc. I shall ‘tell the sexton’ on each current church thread as well as others as they appear. However, Hall only covers 29 villages in ‘the Division of Lindsey’.

    Poor Sally Brown :cry:

  25. Rod said,

    February 8, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Excellent Neville, keep ringing the changes but take your time there’s no need to go at it like the clappers :)

  26. Amiguru said,

    February 9, 2012 @ 5:25 pm



    This bell is of great significance in that ‘Champion Dymock’ the donor, was Sir Charles Dymoke, (1625-88), was the King’s Champion at the coronation of Charles II. He rode into Westminster Hall in white armour on a white charger and as the Garter King of Arms three times invited any challenger to Charles Stuart’s right to be crowned King of England to defend his challenge, Dymoke, thrice threw down his gauntlet.

    The occasion even appears in Samuel Pepys’ Diary: “…and at last, to bring up [Dymock] the King’s Champion, all in armour on horseback, with his Speare and targett carried before him. And a herald proclaim that if any dare deny Charles Steward to be lawful King of England, here was a Champion that would fight with him; and with those words the Champion flings down his gauntlet; and all this he doth three times in his going up toward the King’s table. At last when he is come, the King drinkes to him and then sends him the Cup, which is of gold; and he drinks it off and then rides back again with the cup in his hand.

    This Dymoke was one of a series of holders of this office and indeed the present Queen’s Champion is a Dymoke. The right to the title goes with the occupancy of the Manor of Scrivelsby. This particular ‘Dymock’ must have had some connection with, (most likely held lands in), Healing for him to have funded the casting of a bell.

    I wonder if anyone knows more of the connection?

    Hmmm…its about 26 miles from Little Coates to Scrivelsby….. ;)


  27. Rod said,

    February 9, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    incredible - check Jean’s comment out !

  28. rosereiki said,

    May 1, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    The comment above from Richard - if he’s visiting Healing in early September during Heritage weekend he can pop along to the church to see our Friends of Healing Moated Site display of artefacts found in the village. We are also doing two heritage walks around the village.
    Would be interested to hear from any residents past or present with stories or images.

  29. Rod said,

    May 1, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    sounds excellent - I’d expect to be visiting myself, thanks for letting us know about it

  30. Richard Spaull said,

    June 24, 2012 @ 3:09 am

    Hi Rosereiki,
    We shall be around the area from the 4-5 Sept.Look forward to seeing the old place again,Iwas brought up in Oakrord in Oak Rd.My brother Pat tells me the are doing a lot of work on the place.Hope to see some one on our visit who is still around we left in August 1951 and came to Australia.Richard.

  31. James Smith said,

    September 2, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Healing Heritage Weekend

    Hi Rod,
    Just a quick note to say that the aforementioned Healing Heritage Weekend will be on the 8th and the 9th September, at Healing Church. It should be a great event!


  32. Richard Spaull said,

    October 1, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    I have just paid a visit to the village in the first week of Sept and was so pleased to see it again. We arrived late morning and first thing we did was pay a visit to the house I knew as Oakroyd. What a nice suprise, the house looked great. At first no one was home so I went next door to let them know I had been in and taken some photos in case someone had seen me. I found out the person I spoke to also came from Australia also I was quite surprised.
    After driving around for a while, we found our way back to the house. The people were home and gave us a great welcome. They took us through the house and showed us what they had done to the place inside. It is much different to when I lived there as a little boy.The people made us feel very much at home. We took some photos and left some time later.
    We went up to the Railway station and on the way met a lady who told me a lot about the village and also that Hanley and Marj who owned the corner store were still living not far from there. We managed to catch up with them.
    We also found the grave of my friend Carl in the church yard.
    The weather was nice and we had a wonderful day and left in the late afternoon. Thank you Healing.

  33. Rod said,

    October 1, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    thanks for the update and how wonderful - really pleased everything worked out so well for you, better than you’d dared to hope I’ll bet.
    Some nice people here in Lincolnshire

  34. Richard Spaull said,

    October 2, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    Hi Rod.
    Yea it was a great treat i rang my brother when I got home he was quite suprised who I had found.Thanks again.Richard.

  35. Lynne said,

    January 22, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    So happy I found your site. My Great Grandfather was Henry Marrows who built a lot of homes in Healing. I lived across the street at Glenville, The Avenue with my Grandparents Fred and Lucy Horton. Lucy was one of Henry’s three daughters. I loved growing up in the village and would love to come back one day - I now live in Florida.

    PS. My maiden name was Collins. Father was in the Airforce during the war and my Paternal Grandfather William Hugh Collins taught at Old Clee. Any relation ?

  36. Rod said,

    January 22, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site, I think I’ll be walking to Healing this morning :)
    No relation (as far as I know)
    All the best from England

  37. Vanessa said,

    May 6, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you could help me ?,
    I’ve recently bought a house down Westwood road, healing. The sheep field as its known now states medieval moated manor sites, as I’m aware the manor is off thesis road without turning into healing. The medieval side really intrigues us. Could you help with any knowledge on this site please ?

  38. billy bob wanderer said,

    August 11, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    such a shame the moat behind healing manor is now part filled with building waste, im talking bricks, blocks, stripped cabling, sealent tubes, old drain pipes and a thick grey effluent sludge. SURELY this is a protected site and this is totally illegal. That’s how the moat is to date.

  39. Rod said,

    August 12, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Billy Bob,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - absolutely agree with you, saw the same myself.
    All the best

  40. rosereiki said,

    September 2, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    In answer to Vanessa’s question above - if she goes here she will find the answers -

    Shameless plug now for on 14th and 15th September it is the village heritage weekend at St Peter and St Paul Church, which will be open Sunday 12 to 4. On Saturday and Sunday we will be conducting our village walks - walk 1 about builder Henry Marrows and walk 2 about the manor estate. Plus on Sunday at 4pm there will be a more intimate guided walk around Healing Manor grounds.

    Hope some of you may be able to come along!

  41. mary said,

    June 7, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    Like Lynne above, I am also one of Henry Marrows’ great-grandchildren. My grandparents, Grace and William Johnson lived next door to Grace’s sister Lucy in The Avenue in a semi-detached pair of houses built by Henry Marrows for his oldest two daughters. I have very strong and good memories of staying with my aunt in the house on the other side of Lucy during the 1950s and 1960s. Lynne, I would love to meet up and go back to Healing with you!

  42. Allen Prowle said,

    October 17, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    I would welcome information about the terms of Lord Portman’s (7th Viscount) will. Is it true that he left the now Legion fields to the village in perpetuity as a memorial to his son who was killed in the Great War, and that he sold this land to the Royal British Legion in 1948 in order to guarantee that his wishes would be respected?

  43. Rod said,

    October 17, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - I don’t have that information I’m afraid

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