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Sleaford information

Sleaford is a town within the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. It is thirteen miles (21 km) northeast of Grantham, seventeen miles (27 km) west of Boston, and nineteen miles (30 km) south of Lincoln, and had a total resident population of around 14,500 in 6,167 households at the time of the 2001 census.

 

The name Sleaford is from the Old English esla+forde, meaning "ford over a muddy stream" (the muddy stream now being known as the River Slea). In 852 the name first appears as Slioford. In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Eslaforde.

 

Until recently Sleaford was primarily an agricultural town, supporting a cattle market and famous seed companies such as Hubbard and Phillips and Sharpes International Seeds. Today however, Sleaford is developing as a tourist and craft destination.

 

Doctors

 

Sleaford Medical Practice, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, NG34 7HD Tel: 01529 303301

 

Mill View Medical Centre, 29 Handley St, Sleaford, NG34 7TQ Tel: 01529 305595

 

Dentists

 

Rose Cottage Dental Practice, 12 Westbanks, Sleaford, NG34 7PX Tel: 01529 302143

 

P R Walker, 11 Eastgate, Sleaford, NG34 7DL Tel: 01529 305719

 

Clover Dental Care, Bristol Villa, 19 Grantham Road, Sleaford, NG34 7ND Tel: 01529 603123

 

Council

 

North Kesteven District Council, District Council Offices, Kesteven St, Sleaford, NG34 7EF

Tel: 01529 414155

Email: customer_services@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Website: www.n-kesteven.gov.uk

 

Transport

 

Trains Timetables and Fares - 0871 200 2233

Bus Timetables and Fares - 0871 200 2233

 

Schools and Colleges

 

Lincolnshire has an excellent reputation for good schooling across the County. Sleaford has a full range of schooling from pre-school through to comprehensive and Grammar schools catering for sixth form students. Below is a link to the Ofsted website to be able to view up to date Ofsted Reports.

 

www.ofsted.gov.uk

 

Search for a School - Click here

A - Z List of Schools - Click here

 

Tourist Information

 

Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Moneys Yard, Carre St, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW 01529 414294

 

North Kesteven District Council – Tourist Information

Email: customer_services@n-kesteven.gov.uk 

Website: www.n-kesteven.gov.uk

 

Places of Interest

 

The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design includes galleries and studio space. It is situated in the former Hubbards Seed Warehouse on the Sleaford Navigation wharf. From there, a riverside walk leads by way of a wild life area to Cogglesford Mill, a renovated and functioning flour mill.

 

The most prominent church in Sleaford is the parish church of St. Denys, which forms the eastern side of Market Place. The church has one of the oldest stone broach spires in England, and mostly dates from 1180, but parts of the church were rebuilt after an electrical storm in 1884. The altar rail (originally from Lincoln Cathedral) is by Sir Christopher Wren. The church is also known for its stained glass, elegant traceried windows, and carved heads, which are noted in its Grade I listing.

 

Cogglesford Mill dates from the 17th century, it is Lincolnshire's last working water mill and is possibly the last working Sherrif's Mill in England (making it of national importance). It is probably on the site of an earlier Mercian estate mill. The adjacent house where the mill worker would have lived is now a restaurant.

 

Sleaford's Bull & Dog Public House, formerly the Black Bull, dates from 1689 (according to a date-stone set in its front wall) and is said to have the oldest surviving bull-baiting pub sign in England.

 

In the town centre stands Money's Mill, a 1796 Windmill. It currently has no sails and for several years served as the Sleafords tourist information centre. Other town landmarks include the Handley Monument, the semi-derelict Bass Maltings, the ruins of the towns castle. The Bass Maltings are set to be redeveloped into a multi use centre, with a shopping centre and residential flats.

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