Old Images of Holbeach, Lincolnshire

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St Marks Church Holbeach Lincolnshire 1890
St Marks Church, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, from page 269 of "Historical Notices of the Parish of Holbeach, in the County of Lincoln, with memorials of its clergy, from A.D. 1225 to the present time" by Grant William Macdonald, published by C. H. Foster at King's Lynn in 1890, now in the archives of the British Library

Glimpse history through old images of Holbeach, in Lincolnshire, England.

The Fenland market town of Holbeach is found in Lincolnshire, in the part of the East Midlands region known as East Anglia. 

It’s a historic location, with Roman pottery occasionally dug up in and around the town. The market charter for Holbeach was awarded in 1252 to local baron Thomas de Moulton. 

Within a century, the All Saints’ Church and All Saints’ Hospital had been established. The latter was established by Sir John of Kirton, in 1351, but is now the site of the Chequers Inn.

Land drainage programmes moved the sea from within 2 miles (3.2 km) of the town, to about 9 miles (14 km) away. That both solved the severe flooding problems the town experienced in the 13th and 16th centuries, and created more than 23,000 acres of fertile agricultural land.

Lincolnshire 1901-1920s

YouTube channel Primetime Media has uploaded a trailer for the “Lincolnshire A Century on Film Volume 1” DVD available from Primetime Video. This footage shows film of Lincolnshire from 1901 to the 1920s.

“Lincolnshire Film Archive – 1901 to 1920s” – primetimevideo on YouTube

South Holland Home Guard 1944

The Lincolnshire Film Archive presents this silent 4 minute silent video of the South Holland Home Guard Parade in Holbeach.

Marking “Salute the Soldier” Week in 1944, the platoons marched along Boston Road, held an Inspection at the Park, and marched past the saluting base in Park Road.

There’s also a brief glimpse of the Holbeach “Flying Bedstead”, which was a breakdown truck fitted with a machine gun.

“HOME GUARD PARADE 1944” – The Lincolnshire Film Archive on YouTube

Lincolnshire Fish Industry

Boston Maritime uploaded this 30 minute programme from Yorkshire Television showing local people working in the Lincolnshire fish industry.

It probably dates to the 1980s, but many aspects of the work probably hadn’t changed for a century.

In the second half, two of the four men licensed at the time by the UK government to hunt seals are seen shooting at a small group of seals from the beach. While viewers may find this distressing, the accompanying interview provides assurance that the majority of seals escape.

Interviews, old photos and the style of filming make this a fascinating video of a rarely observed way of life.

“Fishing Boats Boston fosdyke and holbeach YouTube” – Boston Maritime on YouTube

Drive Through Town 2009

Back in 2009, ArkAngelz shot a video from the passenger seat of a car as it drive through Holbeach, Lincs.

“Driving around Holbeach” – ArkAngelz on YouTube

Holbeach Town Band 2009

This is a short video from melhopkin, of the Holbeach Town band playing “The New Recruit” (by G. Southwell) back in 2009.

“Holbeach Town Band – March” – melhopkin on YouTube

Potato Harvesting 2009

Paul Chapman’s video from October 2009 shows potato harvesting near Holbeach in Lincolnshire. 

“Potato harvesting Holbeach St. Marks 2009 Spalding” – Paul Chapman on YouTube

Holbeach Rally 2010

Henry WEG & FW Pettit attended the Holbeach Vintage Rally for the first time in June 2010. As  Martin Major’s video shows, it was a typical summer cold, wet day.

“Holbeach Rally June 2010 MOV” – Martin Major on YouTube

Holbeach Vintage Rally 2010

This photo montage by lexion60000 shows a number of Vintage Tractors which were displayed at the Holbeach Vintage Rally in June 2010.

“Holbeach Vintage Rally 2010 – 20th June 2010” – lexion60000 on YouTube

St Marks Community Gym 2010

Alan Wrotchford created this video showing the Community Gym at St Marks Community Association Building, in the village of Holbeach St Marks, which is 4 miles from Holbeach.

“Holbeach St Marks Community Gym Nov 2010” – Alan Wrotchford on YouTube

University Academy Holbeach (UAH) 

University Academy Holbeach (UAH) is an academy based in Holbeach, established in 2011 following the closure of The St Guthlac’s School in Crowland and George Farmer Technology and Language College in Holbeach.

In 2012, Brandon made a creative entrance to the UAH Prom. Uploaded to YouTube by Dan Wise.

“Brandon’s University acadamy Holbeach Prom Entry” – Dan Wise on YouTube

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