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.
The 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’.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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