Chapel St Leonards

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Chapel St Leonards
Chapel St Leonards in 2006.jpg
The Pullover, Chapel St Leonards
Chapel St Leonards is located in Lincolnshire
Chapel St Leonards
Chapel St Leonards
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,384 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF5672
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE24
Dialling code01754
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°13′23″N 0°20′11″E / 53.2230°N 0.3365°E / 53.2230; 0.3365Coordinates: 53°13′23″N 0°20′11″E / 53.2230°N 0.3365°E / 53.2230; 0.3365

Chapel St. Leonards is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 5 miles (8 km) north from the resort of Skegness.

The village is a location for caravan park holidays, is next to several miles of beach, and close to Fantasy Island, market towns, and the Lincolnshire Wolds.

A landmark is Chapel Point, 1 mile (1.6 km) north from the centre of the village. It has a restored part of a major Second World War coastal defence line retaining the viewing platform. The adjacent North Sea Observatory, a futuristic, iconic visitors' centre using high quality materials and high-weatherproofing providing a comfortable facility for year-round use, was constructed between 2016–2018.[2][3][4]

In recent years Chapel Point has become a location for birdwatchers, being visited by migrating birds such as the Mediterranean gull.[5]


An electoral ward in the same exists. This ward stretches west to Hogsthorpe with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 4,684.[6]

North Sea Observatory[edit]

Car park with staircase and newly constructed disabled ramp adjacent to beach chalets leading down to car park level to the right

The UK's first purpose-built marine observatory, it was first conceived in 2005 with plans revealed to the public in July 2013. Planning permission was granted at the end of 2014 with the build between 2016 and 2018 funded mainly from Lincolnshire County Council and additionally from Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund.[note 1][2][7]

It is the first stage of what is envisaged as part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park (LCCP) with an intention to later develop the coastal walk as a visitor attraction northwards to Sandilands. The site is owned by Chapel St Leonards Parish Council and is leased to the County Council.[7]

Included into the futuristic design having main viewing windows orientated towards the sea, the observatory has multi-function spaces allocated for an exhibition gallery and education, together with a local base for Coastwatch and a year-round cafe.[2][4]

Despite a televised press-launch and announcements of opening 22 June, the centre did not open to the public, with several local journals carrying the same information from a Lincolnshire County Council press release citing further delays due to building snagging works.[8][9] The centre finally opened 30 July 2018.[10]

Chapel and church[edit]

The name of the village derives from a chapel at Mumby dedicated to St Leonard; the village history is tied to that of Mumby, both at one time being part of the same ecclesiastical parish.[11]

The village Anglican church, also dedicated to St Leonard, was rebuilt in 1572 after a flood, and again rebuilt in 1794 on a smaller scale. There was further rebuilding in 1866 and in 1901 when the church was lengthened and the red-tiled tower, unique in Lincolnshire, was added. In 1924 the chapel was again enlarged and lengthened, and a new east window and reredos added. The present church holds parish registers dating from 1665, although bishop's transcripts go back as far as 1568.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Planning permission is sought for a North Sea Observatory and Cafe at Chapel Point, Chapel St Leonards Lincolnshire County Council, 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2018


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Take a look inside UK's first marine observatory offering great days out on our coast for families across the country Lincolnshire Live, 25 April 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018
  3. ^ North Sea Observatory William Saunders (structural engineers), 1 February 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018
  4. ^ a b New North Sea Observatory starts to take shape Lincolnshire Live, 6 January 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018
  5. ^ "Welcome to the South Lincs RSPB Local Group Website", South Lincs RSPB
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b North Sea Observatory Lincolnshire County Council Retrieved 7 July 2018
  8. ^ Lincolnshire’s North Sea Observatory opening delayed Lincolnshire Reporter, 21 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018
  9. ^ Last minute ‘snags’ delay opening of North Sea Observatory Skegness Standard, 20 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018
  10. ^ Lincolnshire North Sea Observatory now open Lincolnshire Reporter, 30 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018
  11. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; Antram, Nicholas: Lincolnshire, Volume 27, p. 219, at Google Books

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