Beach at Ingoldmells
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Ingoldmells is known as a holiday destination, with sites containing large numbers of caravans. The first Butlins holiday camp was located in the village.
The parish church is a Grade I listed building dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul and dating from 1200. The chancel was demolished in 1706, and the church was restored in 1858 and 1892. The west tower dates from the 14th century, and the benches and font are 15th century. A war memorial in the churchyard is a Grade II listed former churchyard cross and sundial dating from 1600 and restored in 1919.
The popularity of the seaside resort of Skegness attracted tourists from around the country, and a holiday camp, Butlin's, was built in 1936 in Ingoldmells, just on the border between Ingoldmells and Skegness.
During the Second World War, RAF Ingoldmells was a Chain Home Low radar station, providing low-altitude short-range warning, with a rotating antenna. RAF Stenigot on the Lincolnshire Wolds provided longer-range warning for the area. RAF Skendleby was the other Chain Home Low station in Lincolnshire near Skendleby, Spilsby.
On 11 April 2004, a double-decker bus operated by Lincolnshire RoadCar collided with a number of pedestrians outside the main entrance to Fantasy Island amusement park on Sea Lane in Ingoldmells. Five pedestrians were killed and six more injured, two critically, in the accident.
Ingoldmells is a country village next to the sea, and in terms of a village is relatively large. Most housing is found in the west of the village in large council complexes. Close by to the west is the village of Addlethorpe. The village primary school is on Simpson Court. There are fish and chip shops and bars near the beach.
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Ingoldmells has the largest containment of caravans in Europe. Ingoldale Park is situated on Beach Estate. It is one of the oldest caravan parks in Ingoldmells. Beach Estate originally comprised the farm land of Home Farm and The Drain 4 acres. On the death in 1866 of the first owner, Nathanial Cartwright, it passed through his family until his brother, Edward Hudson Cartwright, sold it to a Mr Flint who owned adjoining land. Subsequently, Flint sold part of his farm to a Mr Newton and sons to build a small housing estate of about 20 bungalows, wooden in construction. There were 6 roads on the first set of plans, including St Johns Drive, Cherrytree Avenue and Cooper Avenue. These still exist. Newton Drive, Lime Grove and Marine Drive were never constructed. Tennis courts were included in the plans. By 1961 at least 20 of the plots had been sold, it now called Beach Estate. The estate began to change as caravans surrounded the bungalows. There was an amusement arcade with bingo and a summertime supermarket. The first caravans on Ingoldale Park each had their own toilet at the rear of the van, a small wooden outhouse. By the 1970s a modern toilet block had been built with washing, showering and toilet facilities. The Beach Club grew and expanded throughout the late 1970s and 80s until it was finally closed in 2003 to make way for modern wheelchair-accessible accommodation.
Billy Butlin opened the UK's first holiday camp at Ingoldmells in 1936, which today is major employer in the area and attracts numerous tourists. During the Second World War the Butlin's camp was used as the site of HMS Royal Arthur, a Royal Navy shore establishment.
Fantasy Island is a large family Amusement Park in Ingoldmells, then owned by Blue Anchor Leisure opened in 1995, and has since built up a variety of rides, attractions and entertainment. It is the site of Jubilee Odyssey, which is the largest roller coaster of its type in the world. The red Jubilee Odyssey and the smaller, yellow Millennium Roller Coaster can be seen from a long[quantify] distance away. There is an open-air market, situated within the park, and an indoor market. Other tourist facilities include shops and caravan parks.
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- Ingoldmells Primary School
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