Amber Hill

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Amber Hill
Fenland Church - geograph.org.uk - 316541.jpg
Church of St John the Baptist, Amber Hill
Amber Hill is located in Lincolnshire
Amber Hill
Amber Hill
 Amber Hill shown within Lincolnshire
Population 268 
OS grid reference TF233470
   – London 100 mi (160 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOSTON
Postcode district PE20
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Boston and Skegness
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°00′23″N 0°09′50″W / 53.006270°N 0.163885°W / 53.006270; -0.163885

Amber Hill is a village and civil parish in Lincolnshire, England, approximately 6 miles (10 km) west-north-west from Boston. The 2001 Census measured its population at 268[1]

History and governance[edit]

The name Amber Hill reputedly comes from the village standing on a seam of amber coloured gravel.[2] Amber Hill was a plot of 30 acres allotted under the Holland Fen Enclosure Award to provide materials for repairing the roads of several parishes having rights of common on Holland Fen. It was formed a civil parish in 1880.[3]

The village is one of eighteen parishes which, together with Boston, form the Borough of Boston. The local government has been arranged in this way since the reorganization of 1 April 1974, which resulted from the Local Government Act 1972. This parish forms part of the Swineshead and Holland Fen electoral ward.

Hitherto, the parish 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.

Landmarks[edit]

Amber Hill church, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, was built in 1867 and is a Grade II listed building.[4] It was made redundant in 1995 and sold as a private dwelling house. The graveyard is still public, and interments still take place there.[5]

Amber Hill Tower Mill was one of several pumping windmills once standing in Holland Fen. Late in the 19th century it was converted to steam power and continued to work driven by traction engine and finally by tractor, until about 1960. The engine at Spinney Farm has a brick tower, internal gearing and its scoop wheel (rebuilt 1960), although its cap and sails were removed when it was converted to be driven by steam.[6] [7]

A scoop wheel and channel on Claydike Bank was built in the 19th century of red brick, cast iron, and wood. It was originally belt-driven, and is Grade II listed.[8][9]

Amenities[edit]

Toftstead County Primary School was built in 1881, extended in 1969—at the time of the closure of Hedgehog Bridge at Brothertoft and Barley Sheaf School at Holland Fen—and finally closed in 2010.[10][11]

Jubilee Park Playing Field children's recreation area was opened in 2005 after five years of planning and fundraising by local people.[12]

Population[edit]

Population of Amber Hill Civil Parish
Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1961 2001
Population[13] 607 562 546 529 502 570 537 430 268

Geography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ "Amber Hill Parish". Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lincs To The Past". Settlement of Amber Hill. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "British Listed Buildings". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Amber Hill Parish". Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lincs To The Past". Amber Hill Tower Mill. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "British Listed Buildings". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Amber Hill Parish". Amber Hill Drainage Scoop Wheel. Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "British Listed Buildings". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Amber Hill Parish". Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lincs to the Past". Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Amber Hill Parish". Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 25 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Amber Hill at Wikimedia Commons