Holbeach Clough

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Holbeach Clough
Saracen's Head - geograph.org.uk - 28601.jpg
Sculptures at Saracens Head Village Hall
Holbeach Clough is located in Lincolnshire
Holbeach Clough
Holbeach Clough
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF340270
• 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′28″N 0°00′45″W / 52.8244°N 0.01258°W / 52.8244; -0.01258Coordinates: 52°49′28″N 0°00′45″W / 52.8244°N 0.01258°W / 52.8244; -0.01258

Holbeach Clough (today synonymous with Saracen's Head) 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 on the A17 road. The village is almost conjoined at the east to the village of Holbeach Bank. The village is part of the Holbeach civil parish, and is at the south-west edge of Holbeach Marsh.


Holbeach Clough is also known as Saracen's Head, with late 18th- and early 19th-century maps including both names. Saracen's Head might be associated with two public houses of that name that existed at the settlement—and still exist in modern form—one for perhaps 400 years, the name possibly taken from the coat of arms of significant local Willoughby, Irby, or Littlebury families. The Saracen's Head public house might have served travellers and traders crossing the then wide estuary of the River Welland to Fosdyke.[1] The Anglo-Saxon coastline of the area ran immediately north of Holbeach Clough until a dike, the Roman Bank, was constructed for land reclamation in the 14th century, this running from the west at Moulton Seas End.[2] The Saracen's Head Ward of the local council covers Holbeach Clough.[1]

Two previous Wesleyan Methodist chapels in the village are now demolished. The first was built in 1825, closed in 1971, and demolished in 1998. The second was built in 1866, closed in 1946, and demolished in 1978. Both were of brown brick with hipped slate roof.[3][4]

In 1855 occupations in the village included a farmer, a butcher, a beer retailer, a shopkeeper, and the landlord of the Three Tuns public house. The Three Tuns was listed in 1872 along with a further beer house and a shopkeeper, these also in 1885 with the addition of a grocer and a shoemaker. By 1933 listed occupations were a farmer, a cottage farmer, a bulb grower, a smallholder, a beer retailer and the landlady of the Pear Tree public house at Penny Hill (half a mile south of Holbeach Clough), a further beer retailer, and two further smallholders. The Three Tuns was still in existence.[5][6][7][8]

In the 1870s South Lincolnshire Fen-country coursing meetings were held on Holbeach Marsh, centred on Holbeach Clough.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Origin of the Name of Saracen's Head", Whaplode Parish Council, Lincolnshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2014
  2. ^ "Specification for an Archaeological Monitoring on Land at 51A Hallgate, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincolnshire" Archived 5 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, M & M Archaeological Services. Retrieved 3 September 2014
  3. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1381351". PastScape. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1381356". PastScape. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1855, p.120
  6. ^ Whites History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire, p.741
  7. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp.479, 480
  8. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1933, pp.296–298
  9. ^ The Coursing Calendar for the Autumn Season 1870, Horace Cox, p.199

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