History of Horbling and Brown's C of E Primary School

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Horbling is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies on the B1177, 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Sleaford, 14.5 miles (23 km) north-east of Grantham and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of Billingborough


In the Domesday account the village is written as "Horbelinge". It consisted of 9 villagers, 8 freemen and one smallholder, land for 4 plough teams, a 20 acres (0.081 km2) meadow and a church.


The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Andrew. Some portions of the church building appear to be from the early Norman period. The church was restored in 1852 and again in 1877. The church seats 300 people. 


In St. Andrew's Church there are two tablet memorials; one for World War I and one for World War II. The Traces of War website tells us that the churchyard has one Commonwealth War Grave for World War I and two for World War II. During World War II a Prisoner of War Camp was built in Horbling parish just southeast of the village. The camp closed by 1948 and the area is now covered by housing


For centuries, Horbling depended on a fine spring in the heart of the village for its water. If you are visiting, stop and tour the Plough Inn on Spring Lane. In 1921 drought came to Lincolnshire and people came from all over the county to draw water from the spring. The spring never dried up.


A Free School was founded here in 1691 by Edward BROWNE. That building was replaced in 1845 by another Edward BROWN, Reverend. That building was replaced in 1851 and enlarged in 1892. You will still find our school, Brown's Church of England Primary School, now with over 90 students, on Sandygate Lane, Horbling.