Moulton, Lincolnshire

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Moulton
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East Window, All Saints' Church, Moulton
Moulton is located in Lincolnshire
Moulton
Moulton
 Moulton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 3,073 (2001)
OS grid reference TF306240
   – London 90 mi (140 km)  S
District South Holland
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SPALDING
Postcode district PE12
Dialling code 01406
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Holland and The Deepings
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Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 52°47′53″N 0°03′47″W / 52.798024°N 0.062948°W / 52.798024; -0.062948

Moulton is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the B1537 road, 5 miles (8.0 km) east from the centre of Spalding and 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west from Holbeach.

Moulton is the primary village of an extensive Fenland parish, over 16 miles (26 km) in length. The civil parish includes the smaller villages of Moulton Chapel, Moulton Seas End and Moulton Eaugate. The separate village of Moulton Chapel is about 2 miles (3 km) south of Moulton and a similar distance east of Cowbit.[1]

History[edit]

Moulton Grammar School was founded through an endowment given in the will of John Harrox (died 1561) who was steward to Sir John Harrington of Weston. The School opened in 1562 with ten pupils and continued to educate boys until 1939 when it merged with Spalding Grammar School. Some school buildings still exist but are now private residences. John Harrox is commemorated in the name of the Primary School and the Moulton Harrox sports club. The Moulton Harrox Educational Foundation uses income from the management of more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) to support the education of young people of the district.[2][3] Old boys of the Grammar School included:

Moulton railway station closed to passengers in 1959. The station buildings remain but are now private residences although some of the old platform structures still exist.[4]

During the 1970s Moulton was home to an astronomical observatory that was relocated to Sussex in the early 1980s.[citation needed]

On 28 July 2005, a mini-tornado swept through the village, damaging the church roof and some other properties in the vicinity, depositing glass tens of metres away.[5]

Landmarks[edit]

Tower mill and All Saints' spire, Moulton

Moulton's chief landmarks are All Saints' Church, known as "The Queen of the Fens",[citation needed] and Moulton Windmill, the tallest tower mill in the United Kingdom.[6][7]

All Saints' Church was built about 1180, instigated by Prior John of Spalding. It took approximately 60 to 70 years to build, and was heavily restored from 1866 to 1867 by William Smith. The church has a rood screen dating from around 1425. There is a memorial in the floor of the church to Prudence Corby, who apparently died on "Julye the 36th 1793".[8]

Moulton Windmill, built in 1822, ground wheat and other products until 1995, despite losing its sails in 1895.[6] The Friends of Moulton Mill was established to restore the Grade I listed mill to full working order. The mill was a subject of the first series of BBC2's Restoration, after which it received an Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and benefited from fundraising events. A café and shop was built, and the mill adapted for disabled access.[7] New sails were fitted on 21 November 2011 and on 28 April 2013 the first bag of flour in over 100 years was ground with wind power.[9]

The remains of Moulton Castle, now a small mound of earth and a moat, lie south of the village.[10]

The Elloe Stone

Located nearby, just off the A151, is the Elloe Stone, believed to mark the site of the moot of the Elloe wapentake in Danish times.[11][12]

Notable people[edit]

  • G. D'Arcy Boulton (1759 – 1834), a lawyer, judge and political figure in Upper Canada.
  • John Molson (1763 – 1836), major brewer and entrepreneur in Canada, starting the Molson Brewing Company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish council web site". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Wanted: one student to get £6,000 funding Spalding Today 23 September 2008
  3. ^ "Moulton Harrox Educational Foundation". Charity Commission. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Moulton railway station (507046). PastScape. English Heritage.
  5. ^ "Tornado 'rips off a church roof'". BBC Lincolnshire news. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Robert King's windmill (353798). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Friends of Moulton Mill". 
  8. ^ "...Prudence Corby who died on the 36th of July 1793", Andrew Amesbury personal blog, 30 March 2008
  9. ^ "Moulton windmill's flour-from-sail power for first time in 120 years" BBC News; 2 May 2013
  10. ^ Kings Hall Park (353789). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  11. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916); Lincolnshire p. 233; Methuen & Co. Ltd.
  12. ^ The Elloe Stone (353777). PastScape. English Heritage.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kaye, David (1995). Lincolnshire, A Shire County Guide. Shire Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-7478-0271-8. 
  • Elsden, Michael J. (2000). Aspects of Spalding Villages. Bookmark, The Crescent, Spalding. ISBN 0-9539582-0-5. 

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