Heckington and Helpringham Group of Parishes

Built in the 14th Century, still alive in the 21st

  • The Rectory, 10 Cameron Street, Heckington
  • Sleaford
  • Lincolnshire
  • NG34 9RW

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Swaton St Michael

Our church wardens are Jill and John Abbott (01529 421278).            

The monthly pattern of Sunday services at St Michael's Church 

2nd Sunday at 11am - Morning praise

4th Sunday at 9.30am - Holy Communion

There are events at the church during the year. The remaining ones in 2018 are:

22nd September at 7pm - concert by steel band and acapela singing group

5th October at 7pm - Harvest service & supper afterwards in the Hut.

15th December at 9.30am - Christmas Fayre in the Hut. Hot food available.

22nd December at 6.30pm - Carol service with refreshments afterwards in the Hut 

St Michaels Swaton         

This impressive church dominates the tiny village of Swaton.  Inside are two curiosities which add to the appeal of this church.  The first is an effigy of a women with a sleeping dog at her feet.  For years her identity was in doubt, but local research has established that she was Nicholaa de la Haye, wife of Gerald de Camville, who was lord of the Manor at Swaton early in the 13th century.  Her father, and later her husband, were both constables at Lincoln Castle, and when Gerald died in 1214 Nicholaa kept the guardianship of the castle and defended it for King John (c.1167-1216).  She met the King in 1216, retired in 1226 and died in her sixties in 1230. 

The second oddity is what remains of a medieval Wheel of Life painted on one wall.  Such paintings are rare survivors; the only two still in good condition are in Gloustestershire and Northamptonshire.  Local legend has it that Oliver Cromwell stabled his horses in St Michael's before the battle on Swaton Common during the English Civil War. 

Also legendary are the sunsets which can be seen through the traceried west window which looks onto the main road through Swaton village.

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