Holbeach Bank

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Holbeach Bank
Holbeach Bank - geograph.org.uk - 28604.jpg
The 1877 Holbeach Bank Board School
Holbeach Bank is located in Lincolnshire
Holbeach Bank
Holbeach Bank
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF355273
• London90 mi (140 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE12
Dialling code01406
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°49′37″N 0°00′39″E / 52.8269°N 0.01093°E / 52.8269; 0.01093Coordinates: 52°49′37″N 0°00′39″E / 52.8269°N 0.01093°E / 52.8269; 0.01093

Holbeach Bank is a fenland village in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is just under 2 miles (3 km) north from the market town of Holbeach, and 1 mile (2 km) to the east of the A17 road. The village is almost conjoined at the west to the village of Holbeach Clough. Holbeach Bank is part of the Holbeach civil parish and is at the south-east edge of Holbeach Marsh.


In 1835 the Primitive Methodists of Holbeach Bank decided to build a chapel, as an alternative to occupying another vacated chapel.[1] A foundation stone for a new chapel was laid, with 90 members of the congregation each laying a brick on which they placed money; more than £7 was raised, with more than £50 promised to the trustees.[2] PastScape records a Primitive Methodist chapel as being built in 1833. The building, gabled and of three bays, was demolished in 1999, and lay at the junction of Roman Bank and Star Lane.[3]

A board school was built in 1877 with places for 180 children, of whom 130 attended on average.[4] This previous village school is described by Nikolaus Pevsner as "surprisingly large... [with] polychromatic brickwork and an array of lancets." He believes the architect might have been Joseph Sawyer who had built other board schools in the area.[5]

Occupations listed in 1855 included a shopkeeper, cattle dealer, two farmers and a butcher, and in 1872 a bricklayer, a farmer, a beer house proprietor and two saddlers. The farmer and the beer retailer remained in 1885. By 1933 those listed included a farmer, a smallholder, a shopkeeper, a carpenter, two builders, and a beer retailer.[6][7][4][8]

In 1936 a scheme was drawn up by the Boston and District Electricity Supply Co. and presented to the Rural District Council, proposing a supply of electricity to Holbeach Bank[9]


The new village primary school is Holbeach Bank Academy (formerly Holbeach Bank Board School), on Roman Bank.[10] The village football team plays in the Peterborough and District Football League.[11]



  1. ^ Rosman, Doreen (2003). The Evolution of the English Churches, 1500–2000, Cambridge University Press, p.191. ISBN 0521645565
  2. ^ Primitive Methodist Magazine (1864) p.630
  3. ^ Historic England. "Hanby (1378643)". PastScape. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp.478, 480
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus]]; Harris, John: The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Penguin (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press, p.384. ISBN 0300096208
  6. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1855, p.120
  7. ^ Whites History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire, p.748,749
  8. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1933, pp.296–298
  9. ^ The Electrical Journal, Volume 116, Benn Bros Ltd. p.588
  10. ^ "Holbeach Bank Primary School", EduBase2, Department for Education. Retrieved 3 September 2014
  11. ^ "Holbeach Bank FC", TheFA.com. Retrieved 3 September 2014

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