GEDNEY DYKE -
Gedney Dyke must surely rate as one of the most picturesque villages in South Lincolnshire.
Nineteenth and a few eighteenth century buildings intermingle with late twentieth century homes to give a delightful blend of charming old world and tasteful modern. In many villages this often appears awkward, but not so in Gedney Dyke.
The village boasts the majestic Gedney Dyke Mill, 68ft high, built in 1836 with adjoining buildings formerly employed as a prominent milling and baking establishment. The six sails were taken down in 1947.
Several hundred years ago Gedney Dyke started life as a few small herders homes, whose inhabitants would have tended sheep and cattle just a mile north of Gedney.
Salterns from a previous undetermined era would have provided further employment. The remaining mounds from this industry can still be seen to the north of the Village, but no-one can date or describe this activity with any assurance.
The soils immediately surrounding Gedney Dyke are undoubtedly some of the finest silt-loams in England, and over several hundred years have consistently grown a multitude of magnificent agricultural and horticultural crops that have been in demand throughout the Country. Throughout the twentieth century scores of people were employed in the strawberry fields, harvesting fruit in mid summer and lifting the high quality strawberry plants from October until April. Wagons from all over the Midlands and the North of England would converge on Gedney Dyke and surrounding villages in June/July to load trays of fresh picked berries. The Chequers Pub has a very warm welcome to all who visit and serves a good selection of food.. Sadly the local fruit industry went into decline in the early eighties, agriculture became much more mechanised, and that wonderfully atmospheric rural life died, as the village characters themselves passed away.