Nocton Village

a Lincolnshire village

(Contributed by Geoff Hall)

Nocton All Saints Church

Nocton All Saints Church

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Nocton is an attractive village of traditional stone dwellings with natural clay pantile roofing, set among mature trees and hedging.  The village is located 10km south-east off the Lincoln - Sleaford road (B1188) and is one in a line of settlements running in a north south direction along the slope of the Lincoln Heath.  Lying between the 15 and 20 metre contours, the land falls to the edge of Nocton Fen to the East and rises up to Nocton Heath in the West.

Nocton village still has a small post office, a village hall with social club and a primary school with playing field.  The nearest public houses can be found in neighbouring villages of Dunston or Potterhanworth.  There is a regular bus service through the village, but the nearest railway stations are located in Metheringham or Lincoln.

Much of the village is subject to Conservation Area status, with many Grade II and Sensitive properties.  The Nocton Village Trail Association (www.noctonvillagetrail.com) has produced an excellent leaflet to guide you around a selection of these old buildings, telling the story of some of the people who lived and farmed here.

Much of the history of the village is connected to what was the Nocton Estate.  A number of successive owners have left their legacy in the design and layout of the existing buildings e.g. the Grade II listed Nocton Hall.  This once impressive building has had an interesting and varied history over its lifetime, but is now in a derelict state following a fire in 2004.  The nearby All Saints Parish Church (www.allsaintsnocton.org.uk) is accepted as the finest Gothic Revival church in the whole of Lincolnshire and is also worth a visit.

Chris Herwitt edits the monthly Nocton magazine, the Nocton Doodle. The latest edition can be found as a downloadable pdf on the Nocton in Lincolnshire blogspot run by Geoff Hall. Old editions of the Doodle's predecessor, the Nocton Parish Magazine, can still be downloaded from the All Saints Parish Church website.

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