Sister cities of Billinghay
Ballon, Sarthe →
Billinghay is a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, about ten miles north-east of Sleaford. The village lies along the B1189 road (for Walcott) near the junction with the A153. Just south of the village towards Sleaford is North Kyme. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,808.
The settlement is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name originates from the Saxon name for a fishery. The topography in ancient times would have seen a small settlement on a gravel mound surrounded by marsh which was flooded in winter. After the draining of the fens in the late 18th century the area became rich agricultural land as it is today. The parish church is of historic interest. It dates from the 13th century.
Billinghay Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. The parish is part of the Car Dyke group of parishes - including Tattershall Bridge.
After the phased closure of Lafford High School due to falling pupil numbers, Billinghay Primary School remains the only school in the village.
The village also has one of the UK's top Twinning Associations, twinned with Ballon, in the Sarthe department of France.
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