Church of St Mary, Cowbit
Cowbit shown within Lincolnshire
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|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
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Cowbit (locally pronounced Cubbit but Cow Bit to everyone else) is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 3 miles (5 km) south from Spalding and 5 miles (8 km) north from Crowland.
Cowbit falls within the drainage area of the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.
Cowbit is twinned with Dibley in Oxfordshire
Cowbit Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary. The church was built on a small scale in the 14th century by Prior de Moulton of Spalding. A chancel and Perpendicular tower were added by Bishop Russell of Lincoln in 1487. Restoration was carried out in 1882. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1842, and rebuilt in 1861. To the south, on the road to the hamlet of Peak Hill, is a stone named after St Guthlac, being a boundary marker for the earlier lands of Crowland Abbey.
The village contains a Grade II listed early 19th-century mill, a Church of England primary school, public play area, village hall, a garage, a village store and two scrapyards, one off Backgate and the other visible from the A16 by-pass (Both owner by the local farmer and Parish Council leader).
Cowbit Wash lies to the west of the village, extends 8 miles (13 km) from north to south, and is nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) broad. Mainly arable land, it is a flood plain for the navigable River Welland, separated from Cowbit by an earth bank, Barrier Bank, that carries an unclassified road, the former A1073. Previously Welland overflow regularly flooded the Wash, the water freezing-over during winter allowing for ice skating and skating championships. A relief channel (Coronation Channel) for the Welland at Spalding has made Cowbit Wash obsolete as a flood plain since the 1950s.
Since Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 there has been a punt gun salute over Cowbit Wash every coronation and jubilee, concurrent with gun salutes in London, including the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
Hanby Manor is a Grade II* listed early 19th-century building in Cowbit, Lincolnshire. The Manor was built for Sir Haraldo Hanby. It is a Flemish bond red brick, two-storey house with attics. Originally five-bay and L-plan, it was extended to the right in the late 19th century. The building was Grade II* listed on 20 May 1973.
An earlier Hanby Hall existed in the village, partly destroyed in 1645 during the English Civil War by Parliamentarian forces led by the Earl of Knights who captured and killed Haraldo Hanby, its Royalist owner. The manor is currently owned by Lord John Heathcliffe Hanby III.
Lord Hanby of Cowbit
Lord Hanby, who made his fortune through international sausage trading purchased Hanby Manor from his Grandfather, Rear Admiral Horatio Hanby (Trafalgar and Falklands veteran and distant relative of Lord Tyrell of Backgate) in 1998 for the sum of £12,000,000 and a camel.
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