Mavis Enderby

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Mavis Enderby
St Michael, Mavis Enderby - - 682512.jpg
Church of St Michael, Mavis Enderby
Mavis Enderby is located in Lincolnshire
Mavis Enderby
Mavis Enderby
 Mavis Enderby shown within Lincolnshire
OS grid reference TF361663
   – London 115 mi (185 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Spilsby
Postcode district PE23
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
List of places

Coordinates: 53°10′37″N 0°02′08″E / 53.177043°N 0.035595°E / 53.177043; 0.035595

Mavis Enderby is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, 4.5 miles (7 km) east from Horncastle. The population is included in the civil parish of Raithby by Spilsby.


Mavis Enderby church is dedicated to St Michael.[1]

An alternative spelling may be "Malvyssh Enderby", as seen in a legal record in 1430, where the plaintiffs are the executors of a man whose surname is Enderby, and the defendant lives in Malvyssh Enderby.[2]

Literary references[edit]

Mavis Enderby had a peal of bells named after it, called The Brides of Enderby,[3] which is mentioned in Jean Ingelow's poem The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire 1571: in the poem the ringing of the Enderby bells is the generally recognised signal of approaching danger to the neighbouring countryside: "Came down that kindly message free, the Brides of Mavis Enderby".

An extract from the poem is at the head of Rudyard Kipling's short story, At the Pit's Mouth.

Douglas Adams used the name "Mavis Enderby" in his spoof The Meaning of Liff dictionary "of things that there aren't any words for yet". Adams assigned meanings to placenames based on what he imagined them to mean, Mavis Enderby becoming "The almost-completely-forgotten girlfriend from your distant past for whom your wife has a completely irrational jealousy and hatred".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National monument record for the church". 
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 677;; 4th entry
  3. ^ "The Brides of Enderby"; Retrieved 30 April 2012

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