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The newly restored Lengthman's Hut and a beautiful Autumn morning (14th Sept 2020)
The newly restored Lengthman’s Hut and a beautiful Autumn morning (14th Sept 2020)

Hickling is a small, farming village on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir. It sits on the border of Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire (but it is in Nottinghamshire) and the Grantham Canal runs through the north end of the village.

There is extensive evidence of early pre-historic activity in the Vale of Belvoir (flints etc) and of extensive settlement in late pre-history followed by the arrival of the Romans in the mid-first century AD. By this time the wooded landscape has disappeared and the Vale is a settled agricultural landscape with both arable and pasture fields. This remained largely unchanged in to the 8th and 9th centuries. Hickling was well-established by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 with strong evidence of Roman, Scandinavian/Viking and Anglo-Saxon activities. Enclosures, the railways and the canal have all left their mark on the village but, in the present-day, working farms supplying the Stilton Dairy in Long Clawson support a vibrant rural community. The village is characterised by its long linear north-south orientation and open green spaces so that the countryside flows in to the village with beautiful views both in and out.