Holland Fen

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Holland Fen
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All Saints' Church, Holland Fen
Holland Fen is located in Lincolnshire
Holland Fen
Holland Fen
Holland Fen shown within Lincolnshire
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Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Lincoln
Postcode district LN4
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53°01′13″N 0°08′52″W / 53.020263°N 0.147807°W / 53.020263; -0.147807Coordinates: 53°01′13″N 0°08′52″W / 53.020263°N 0.147807°W / 53.020263; -0.147807

Holland Fen is a settlement in the Borough of Boston, Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north-west from the market town of Boston, and less than 1 mile (1.6 km) west from the River Witham.


Holland Fen has been known as the Haute Huntre, or Eight Hundred Fen.[1]

In 1720 Earl Fitzwilliam decided to drain the Holland Fen, having been frustrated by the local Commissioners of Sewers. He built the North Forty Foot Drain, which emptied by Lodowicks Gowt into the River Witham above Grand Sluice. The North Forty Foot was subsequently diverted to the South Forty Foot Drain at Cooks Lock and from there to Boston Haven through Black Sluice.[2]

The Haute Huntre was drained and enclosed in 1767.[1]

Holland Fen was an ecclesiastical parish, created in 1812 and abolished in 1948. It is now part of the Holland Fen with Brothertoft parish.[3]

Today, Holland Fen consists of:


The church is dedicated to All Saints and was built as a chapel of ease to Fosdyke in 1812. It was constructed of brick in Perpendicular style, with chancel and nave only, and bell turret.[4] In 1964 Pevsner noted a chancel dated 1880, a west gallery on iron shafts, a pulpit with fluted pilasters, and a chalice probably by William Bell.[5]

Today, All Saints' Church[6] is part of the Holland Fen with Brothertoft Group, also known as "Five in the Fen" which also includes:

North Forty Foot Drain


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Pishey (1856). History and Antiquities Of Boston. 
  2. ^ Wheeler, W. H. (1868). "History Of The Fens Of South Lincolnshire". p. 44. 
  3. ^ "Vision Of Britain". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 481
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 575; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  6. ^ "All Saints at Holland Fen, Holland Fen". A Church Near You. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 

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