Hougham, Lincolnshire NG32 2JD

Village web site

please click above to generate money from your
purchases to help support this site

Hougham  is located 2 miles from the A1, 8 miles from Grantham, 9 miles from Newark, 28 miles from Nottingham, 20 miles from Lincoln and 120 miles from London. Grantham is on the East Coast line and London is under an hour and a half away by train.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hougham like this:

HOUGHAM, a village and a parish in the district of Newark and county of Lincoln. The village swands on the river Witham, near the Great Northern railway, 6 miles NNW of Grantham; and has a station on the railway. The parish comprises 2,590 acres; and its post town is Hough, under Grantham. Real property, 4, 027. Pop., 349. Houses, 77. The manor belonged formerly to the Brudenell family, and belongs now to Sir JohnThorold, Bart. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Marston, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, 740.* Patron, Sir. J.Thorold, Bart. The church is chiefly early English; has Norman pillars on the S aisle; was recently restored; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a handsome screen, and a figured monumental stone of a Knight Templar.


I am writing a book on " Lincolnshire During the First English Civil War 1642-46 " and the village of Hougham is quite famous as the action at your Manor House delayed Col. Rossiter getting to Naseby which angered Cromwell. The photograph was taken some years ago. Thank you for your time.
Geoffrey Wildman


I am linked to Amazon to generate income from "your clicks and purchases".

In Association with Amazon.co.uk

Before buying a book, CD, DVD, or computer game, click on the square above so that this website can benefit to keep running

Contact the Webmaster 

The Thorold

Management couple wanted for The Thorold Free House in the village of Marston, Lincolnshire.

Our friendly community has come together to buy the formerly-closed pub at the heart of our village. We're looking for a management couple who can divide, between themselves, the duties of front of house, head chef, and management of the pub, restaurant, cafe and B&B. We are in the process of planning / renovating and expect to re-open by the end of November 2019 (with you starting 2 - 4 weeks before opening).

We need a couple who will help shape and implement our vision to re-open our village pub and make it a warm, welcoming place. We recognise that the key to making that happen is a friendly and brilliant managing couple. This opportunity will attract talented couples with a history of success in the industry. The chance to run a business like this, at no financial risk to yourselves (this is not a tenancy), should be enticing to the right people. We hope that you will be with us for years to come.

The remuneration package is 40,000pa; a discretionary profit-linked bonus scheme; and newly renovated managers' accommodation. The managers' accommodation will have 2 bedrooms, one ensuite bathroom, a second separate bathroom, and an open plan kitchen, lounge & diner. The hours will be long, but there will be enormous satisfaction in making The Thorold a successful community hub and thriving business.

Please see our website at https://save.thethoroldarms.co.uk/

 for more information on our past and our plans.

To apply, please send the following to theteam@thethorold.co.uk

a covering letter /email
a CV for each person in the management couple
a sample 3-course pub-style menu, with 3 options for each course

You can still buy shares to enable the purchase and renovation. The shares you buy will make you a Member of the Society, with an equal vote regardless of your shareholding. Shares cost 50 and the minimum shareholding is 1 share.
The Share Offer Document, Application Form, Business Plan, the Society Rules and other documents are all available on the website
Hard copies of the Share Offer and Application form can be provided by any member of the Management Committee.
Sandra Allen
 Notices   Future Events

I am delighted to announce that the Hougham and Marston Village Hall has been selected to be a Community Champion for Lincolnshire Co-op's environment quarter, which runs June-September 2019.

Community Champions is the way they share our profits with the community. During the three-month period, each charity/group could raise approximately 1000 - 5,000. Money is raised through people shopping with Lincolnshire Co-op and using their dividend card, in store fundraising and carrier bag levy so this amount could vary.

A reminder will be sent out nearer the date but please consider shopping at the Co-op to generate funds for the Village Hall.

All Saints is the parish church of Hougham: for security reasons the church is generally locked but is usually open for services on the fourth Sunday of the month – 9am for Holy Communion – 
but please do always check the church notice board and parish magazine to confirm times and dates of services. Hougham is one of 12 churches which together form the South Cliff Villages Church so there are additional services in the neighbouring villages of Marston and Brandon and Hough on the Hill and for any enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings the Rector is the Reverend Stuart Hadley who may be contacted by telephone on 07398 390549 or by e mail at rectorsouthcliff@outlook.com






The bus service has been replaced by CallConnect

Hougham and Marston Village Hall

Available for children's parties, christenings, wedding receptions, meetings and fund raising activities, through


or 07806 869549


Autumn Social in the Village Hall, which incorporates the Marston Pumpkin Club Show and Prize-Giving, in the village hall on Saturday, 26 Oct 19, 8-11 pm. The evening is supported by the WI.
Please bring pumpkins for weigh-in between 7 pm and 8 pm.
Prizes by weight, best pair, and also best decorated (children) and best decorated (adult).
Music by Prime Time (as last year). Free pumpkin soup. Bar. Bring your own nibbles.
Raffle prizes appreciated.
Andy Watson

Christmas Fair

Saturday 7th December

11 am to 3 pm

Craft Stalls


Hamper raffle


other stalls

Mike's Quality Grimsby Fish

Thursday 0920 am 07763 388397


Hougham and Marston Book Club

If interested contact Bernadette Chalklin 014002550768 07904083274 BChalklin@AOL.com or turn up on the day at 2 pm. 1 only including tea/coffee

The meetings are held in the Village Hall




Parish Council minutes

updated 16 September 2014

The village and church

pictures of the village

Lincolnshire Walks - Marston & Hougham


Women's Institute

The mobile Library calls once a month in Kerr's Crescent in Marston from 1200 to 1230. it doesnt stop in Hougham any more

Marston Village website

Hough Parish

Grantham Rural North Neighbourhood Policing Team



Hougham and Marston Local History Group

Village Hall Monthly 2nd Tuesday

Membership 35 a year
Non members 4 a meeting
includes tea/coffee and biscuits

Non members most welcome
Contact steve@hougham.info if interested

pictures of our visit to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life




The Walk4Life website is totally FREE and has thousands of walk ideas all over the country. The website uses OS maps which can easily be printed out at home so is proving really popular. People can also keep a track of the walks they have done and set themselves a target!


Now the badminton court has been re-marked at the Village Hall we're hoping to revive the old badminton club on alternate Friday evenings.  There will be a charge of 1.50 to cover hire of the hall.

Caroline Brown

01400 250563



  Rachel Connolly’s art classes are held in the Village Hall during term time.  For more information, including details of individual courses and places available, please go to the Marston village website at: http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marsto Mother and Toddler Group every Frday 9 to 11 am

Village News

Hougham residents take law - and speed gun - into their own hands

Hougham parish councillors Robin Johnson and Robert Scott have been catching speeding motorists along Main Street.

A group of residents and parish councillors have decided to take their own action against motorists who regularly speed through their village.
Hougham parish councillor Robin Johnson, vice-chairman Robert Scott and others living in the village have started monitoring those driving up Main Street with a purchased speed gun.
Despite clear 30mph signs as you enter the road, they have recorded a high number of motorists driving in excess of the speed limit.
During their first speed check session over six hours on one day in September, they recorded 172 people driving over the limit.
The worst offender was a motorcyclist clocked driving at 61mph, and subsequently their details along with others were passed on to police.
This Monday the group were out in force again armed with their speed gun and additional 30mph signs.
After just two hours they reported that 45% of those going past were driving over 30mph, and 9% over 40mph.
Mr Johnson added: “One lady who we clocked going too fast, drove back and said that what WE were doing was illegal.”
The group have received assurances from their local police officer that they are completely within their rights to do these speed checks.
Moreover they stress that they are only doing it because speeding has long been an ongoing issue affecting their community.
“It comes up at every parish meeting,” said Mr Scott. “The police do their best, but they have to cover a wide area - this is our way of helping to tackle the problem.”
The group plan to do more speed check sessions in the future, and are liaising with Lincolnshire Police and the county’s Road Safety Partnership about other possible speed enforcement measures.
A spokesman for the Road Safety Partnership has clarified the rules around the use of speed guns. For a successful prosection, the equipment must be Home Office type approved, a record of pre-use checks must be held, the operator must be authorised by the Chief Constable and trained in speed assessment.
They added that it is not illegal to own the equipment or operate it, as long as it is not considered a nuisance to road users.


Photos from the WI Centenary Party held in the Thorold Arms garden on 11 June are on the Marston village website at:


WI baton relay heads out of district after afternoon tea


Reply from the Highways LCC

The issue of mud on the road is one that needs to be investigated before any action can be taken. Reoccurring instances should be reported to Lincolnshire Police who have agreed to instigate action under these circumstances, I have attached some information which may be of some assistance.

The overrunning of verges is unfortunately a fairly common issue in rural locations which is not usually solved by the installation of kerbs. Within the village of Hougham there are signs of vehicles overrunning existing kerbs as there is not the lane width for agricultural vehicles to pass. With this in mind, the installation of kerbs along this section is something we will investigate as in when resources become available.

Peter Stonebridge lived at Station House from 1944 to 1951

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2012

Photos from the music festival

The biggest pumpkin entered in the Marston Pumpkin Club Show in 2014 was grown at Hougham and weighed 23 stones. For more information and all the results please visit the Marston website at http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marston/



Photographs from the Diamond Jubilee Party

Just born Jacob lambs in the village - 12th March 2011

Pictures of the Music Concert in Hougham Church

Scarecrow Festival Results

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2009

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2010



reports updated 28 April 2014

 16 November 2016

Good morning from the South Rural team, we would just like to make you aware of some theft of lead from two church roofs one in Hougham and one in Westbrook. If anyone has seen or knows anything please contact 101 or your local NPT team, thank you





Advice from Action Fraud on Rogue Traders

Village adverts

The Roseland Flock of Jacob Sheep

Lamb freezers packs and cuts of meat are available. Lambs are sometimes for sale.

Stylish individual Jacob rugs and Fleeces


                                                        Pest Control                                                    

                                                 Wayne Short 07725564711                              



                   Wasps Rats Mice Squirrels also proofing work undertaken                      



The Hougham & Marston Heating Oil Syndicate got off the ground on 9 February when at around 35 villagers attended a meeting in the Village Hall organised by Alistair Ross.

  For more information and an application form e-mail lincolnshireoil@gmail.com or call Alistair Ross on 251355 or click on the link below

Application form                  FAQs

The syndicate now has 90 members which enables us to increase the number of orders from 5 to 6 annually whilst hopefully still getting a decent discount compared with ordering individually. There's an optimum size of order as too large an order has resulted in some oil companies refusing to quote because of the disruption that it would cause to their regular clients if they were successful in gaining the order.
As such, the orders going forward will be at the start of:
July, September, November, January, March, May etc

Ideas for or information about the village website, contact me through the link at the bottom of the page.

I offer personal email addresses with money to the village hall for example name@hougham.info or business@hougham.info

I am also open to placing adverts for local business on the website as well for a small fee - money to the village hall


last updated 15/10/19