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Bicker St Swithins Church

Bicker St Swithins Church
Rebecca and her brothers and sisters were christened here

Bicker is a village in Lincolnshire, England. It is around nine miles west-south-west of Boston, on the A52.
It is one of eighteen parishes which, together with Boston, form the Borough of Boston in the county of Lincolnshire, England. The local government has been arranged in this way since the reorganization of April 1, 1974, which resulted from the Local Government Act 1972. This parish forms part of the Five Villages electoral ward.
Hitherto, the parish had formed part of Boston Rural District, in the Parts of Holland. Holland was one of the three divisions (formally known as parts) of the traditional county of Lincolnshire. Since the Local Government Act of 1888, Holland had been in most respects, a county in itself.
The medieval estuary, Bicker Haven took the name by which we remember it from the town of Bicker, which is now a village. Once the English settlers began to enclose the marsh for pasture, the tide no longer flushed the haven out so that it silted up and the nature of Bicker changed from port to farming village.

Pointon tin church

Pointon tin church
Rebecca's father William Pepper came from POINTON
The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to Pointon as Pochinton or "the farmstead associated with or called after Pohhr", from the Old English. The village is seven miles north of Bourne on the B1177 and although overshadowed in historical interest by its illustrious neighbour Sempringham, there is much to attract the curious. Some of the old thick-walled houses hereabouts are reputed to have been built with stone from the priory at Sempringham and there must have been some grand houses in past times because water from the Car Dyke, the Roman waterway that runs past the village to the east, was once used to fill a mediaeval moat around one of them.
The population in 1881 was 438, although it is much less today, and the village was noted for its sheep, particularly the Lincolnshire long-wooled variety that had been bred here for the past 100 years and which fetched high prices at the annual sales. One of the biggest breeders of these sheep during the late 19th century was local farmer Mr Thomas Russell Casswell.

Donington Just outside Donington - the birthplace of Rebecca's mother Jane