Burgh le Marsh

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Burgh le Marsh
St.Peter and St.Paul's church, Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 119078.jpg
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Burgh le Marsh
Burgh le Marsh is located in Lincolnshire
Burgh le Marsh
Burgh le Marsh
Location within Lincolnshire
Population2,340 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF501650
• London110 mi (180 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE24
Dialling code01754
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°09′40″N 0°14′17″E / 53.1610°N 0.2380°E / 53.1610; 0.2380Coordinates: 53°09′40″N 0°14′17″E / 53.1610°N 0.2380°E / 53.1610; 0.2380

Burgh le Marsh is a town, and electoral ward in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[2]


The town is built on a low hill surrounded by former marsh land, and the marsh influenced the town's name. Both the windmill and the church are visible from a distance. The A158 used to run through from west to east, but it was rerouted when a new bypass was opened in late 2007, reducing traffic congestion dramatically.[3][4] A Roman road passes through the town on the way to Skegness, coming from the north-west via Tetford and Ulceby.[5] The town is on the site of a former Roman fort.

Saxon burial mound[edit]

Near the parish St. Peter's and St. Paul's Church is a large earthen mound. Excavations in the 1930s found Saxon burial remains here.[6] There is a dip in the top of the mound. Some researchers suggest that it was a site for cockfighting. To this day the mound is known as Cock Hill.


The town features a traditional bakery, along with two small convenience shops. There is also a fishmonger's, a post office, a Chinese takeaway, a fish and chip shop, a library, a Co-op supermarket, an antiques store, hairdresser's, and a florist. It previously also had two traditional butchers, along with a post office (which has now been combined with one of the convenience shops), an estate agent, a costume shop, and a cafe.

Public houses include the Fleece Inn on the Market Square, the Red Lion in Storey's Lane, and the Bell Hotel, the White Hart Hotel, and Ye Olde Burgh Inn on the High Street.[7][8]

The Burgh le Marsh Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.[9] There are also a Baptist church and a Methodist chapel.[10][11][12][13]

St Paul's Missionary College was an institution for training Anglican clergy from 1878 to 1936.[14]

The town was served by Burgh le Marsh railway station on the line between Boston and Louth. This station closed in 1970.


The town has two tower mills, the untarred Hanson's Mill of 1855 (originally four-sailed), now used as a residence, and the tarred Dobson's Mill, which is now operated as a museum.[15] Built in 1813 by Sam Oxley (who also built Alford Windmill a sister mill in the nearby town of Alford, Lincolnshire), it is unusual as the only left-handed tower mill that has five sails. "Left-handed sails" mean they rotate clockwise when viewed from the front - a very rare type of windmill.[16][17] On 9 February 2020, Storm Ciara destroyed the sails.[18]


Burgh le Marsh is twinned with the town of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire in France. This twinning began in 1988 and has celebrated its 25th anniversary. The celebrations took place on the weekend of 18 May 2013. The chairmen of the Twinning Associations for each town are Neil Cooper for Burgh Le Marsh and Jean-Pascal Maudet for Beaumont sur Sarthe.[19]



  1. ^ "Parish/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ OS Explorer map: Skegness, Alford & Spilsby: (1:25 000): ISBN 0319238229
  3. ^ "Burgh le Marsh now has a By Pass". Burghlemarsh.info. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  4. ^ "A158 Burgh le Marsh Bypass". Lincolnshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Romans To Skegness". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Brief History of Burgh le Marsh near Skegness - special among the market towns in Lincolnshire UK - great for holidays". Burghlemarsh.info. 4 October 1970. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Hotels and Public Houses". Burghlemarsh.info. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  8. ^ "High Street". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter and St Paul (1222765)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  10. ^ "St.Peter & St.Paul's church, Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincs". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  11. ^ Burgh le Marsh
  12. ^ "Burgh Baptist Church". Bapchap.ic24.net. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Burgh le Marsh Methodist Chapel". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Burgh Le Marsh Web Site". Burghlemarsh.info. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Windmill at Burgh Le Marsh". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Hanson's windmill today". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Five-sailed Dobson's windmill". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  18. ^ Storm Ciara tears sails off historic Burgh Le Marsh windmill Lincolnshire Live, 9 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020
  19. ^ "Burgh le Marsh Twinned with Beaumont sur Sarthe". Burghlemarsh.info. Retrieved 2 August 2014.

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