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Archives and Libraries

Local Library: (JB)







Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 608 & 612
1851 H.O. 107 / 2097
1861 R.G. 9 / 2326 & 2329
1871 R.G. 10 / 3326 & 3330 - 3332
1881 R.G. 11 / 3211
1891 R.G. 12 / 2569

Church History

All Saints Church

St. Luke's Church

St. Mark's Church

St. Matthew's Church

St. John's Church

Undedicated Church


Church Records


Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Holbeach is both a village and parish 101 miles north of London, and 17 miles south of Boston. The River Welland and The Wash form the northern border of the parish and the Whaplode River part of the western boundary. The parish is large in area, over twenty miles long, with a long, narrow tail running south to the border of Cambridgeshire, covering 21,595 acres and incorporates the hamlets of Holbeach Drove, Holbeach St. John's, Holbeach St. Matthew, Holbeach St. Marks, Holbeach Hurn, Holbeach Clough, Penny Hill and a part of Saracens Head. Whaplode parish is neighbor to the west and Fleet parish to the east. The area is very marshy, drained by many small canals and the South Holland Main Drain.

The A17 trunk road runs through the parish and just north of the village of Holbeach. If you are planning a visit:






Military History


Military Records

There are eleven Commonwealth War Graves in Holbeach Cemetery.

World War I:

  1. Ernest Ward CAWDRON, corporal, Military Police Corps, age 29, died 9 April 1918.
  2. Timothy CROSS, priv., 3rd Btn. Linc. Regt., age 29, died 26 Nov. 1915. Husband of Mary Jane CROSS of Saracen's Head.
  3. Robert DISS, priv., 9th Btn. Linc. Regt., age 30, died 10 July 1915.
  4. James HOWARD, pioneer, Royal Engineers, age 33, died 4 April 1917. Husband of Mary Ann HOWARD.
  5. John Alfred Carter HOWARD, stoker 2nd, Royal Navy, age 19, died 6 May 1916. Son of Mrs H. HOWARD of Church Street, Holbeach.
  6. Albert KISBY, driver, 3rd Reserve Horse Transport Depot., age 19, died 30 April 1918. Son of Mr. W. and Mrs. G. KISBY, of Spring Bank West, Hull.
  7. Harold SOUTH, corporal, 11th btn. Rifle Brigade, age 25, died 2 Dec. 1918. Husband of Ethel Maud CALEY.

World War II:

  1. Walter Henry COOK, trooper, 1st DBY Yeomanry, Royal Armourd Corps, age 28, died 2 July 1942. Son of Walter Herbert and Ida Evelen COOK.
  2. Eric William ELGER, lieut., Royal Norfolk Regt, died 8 May 1947..
  3. Maurice William (Peter) ENGLISH, lieut., Royal Naval Vol. Rsrv, age 28, died 2 June 1943. Husband of Catherine Margaret ENGLISH of colchester, Essex.
  4. Frank ROBINSON, navigator, 622 sqdrn. RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 20 Sept. 1944. Son of G. W. ROBINSON and Alice ROBINSON.

Names, Geographical


Politics and Government


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.



Some population changes were due to shifts in parish boundaries.

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 2,683
1831 3,890
1851 5,191
1871 5,332
1881 5,190
1891 4,771
1911 5,259

Probate Records

John R. BLAND provides a transcript of the will of Mary BEAGLES of Holbeach.

John R. BLAND provides a transcript of the will of Samuel BEAGLES of Holbeach.

John R. BLAND also provides a transcript of the will of The Rev. Robert HOOD of Holbeach.




Note: Sections marked (JB) were contributed by John R. G. Bland of Lincolnshire.

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