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Fleet

Description and Travel

Fleet is both a village and parish about 100 miles north of London, about six miles west of Spalding. Holbeach parish lies to the northwest. The parish is large and is a long, narrow affair running roughly north and south to the border of Cambridgeshire, and incorporates the hamlet of Fleet Hargate. The area is marshy, drained by many small canals and the South Holland Main Drain. In land area, it is approximately 6,800 acres.

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Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 607
1851 H.O. 107 / 2097
1861 R.G. 9 / 2326
1871 R.G. 10 / 3326 & 3330
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Church History

St. Mary Magdalen Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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History

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Manors

Three Manors are mentioned in the old directories for Fleet:

An older Manor, called Blanches or Branches, where Captain J. H. BARKER was lord, was extinct by 1872. Although White's 1872 Directory lists an Edward MILLINGTON, land agent, as the resident at Branches Manor House, so the house itself may have been standing at that time.

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Maps

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Medical Records

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Military History

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Military Records

In St. Mary's churchyard there are 4 Commonwealth War Graves for World War I and 2 for World War II:.

  1. Cecil DAWSON, priv., 3rd Btn. Border Regt., age 28, died 22 Aug. 1917.
  2. Harry LAW, lieut., 1st Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, age 23, died 21 July 1915. Son of James H. A. and Mary LAW of Chelmsford.
  3. Alfred RINGHAM, priv., Royal Army Veterinary Corps, age 34, died 26 Feb. 1919.
  4. Charles TINGLE, priv., 7th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 18, died 8 July 1918. Son of Henry and Betsy E. TINGLE of Holbeach Fen.

And, from World War II:

  1. Dennis MACKMAN, sapper, Royal Engineers, age 24, died 15 May 1946. Son of William and Alice MACKMAN of Fleet Fen.
  2. Leslie PORTER, priv., 2nd Btn. Lincs. Regt., age 41, died 20 Sept. 1943. Son of Allen Shaw and Annie Elizabeth PORTER of Fleet.
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Names, Geographical

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

The 1891 and 1911 populations, and probably most of the other years after 1837, includes the staff and inmates in the Holbeach Union Workhouse.

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 551
1831 794
1851 1,162
1871 1,375
1881 1,331
1891 1,200
1911 1,155
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Schools

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