Moulton Chapel

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Moulton Chapel
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St James', Moulton Chapel
Moulton Chapel is located in Lincolnshire
Moulton Chapel
Moulton Chapel
Location within Lincolnshire
Population3,504 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF294182
• London85 mi (137 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE12
Dialling code01406
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°44′47″N 0°05′03″W / 52.746347°N 0.084105849°W / 52.746347; -0.084105849Coordinates: 52°44′47″N 0°05′03″W / 52.746347°N 0.084105849°W / 52.746347; -0.084105849

Moulton Chapel is a village in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is on the B1357 road, 4 miles (6 km) south from Moulton, 5 miles (8 km) south-west from Holbeach and 4 miles south-east from Spalding. The village is in the civil parish of The Moultons where the population was 3,504 at the 2011 census.[1]


In 1885 Kelly's Directory noted Moulton Chapel as a chapelry of Moulton, with a small octagonal chapel, erected in 1722. The living was a perpetual curacy.[2]

The 1722 chapel of St James, by William Sands senior of Spalding, was a rebuild of an earlier chapel, and was enlarged in 1886. In 1896 Moulton Chapel became a separate ecclesiastical parish under the name of Moulton St James.[3] Pevsner notes the church as a red-brick octagon with a chancel added in 1886, and a domed interior. The style is Dutch, influenced by late 17th-century fen drainers. There is a marble font, and a west gallery probably from the 19th century.[4] St James' is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

With St James', on Roman Road, is a Grade II listed 1865 red-brick tower windmill.[6]

In the late 1820s Thomas Nutt of Moulton Chapel developed and patented an improvement to beehives that allowed for heat regulation through improved ventilation, helped to prevent swarming, and encouraged bees to occupy other adjacent hives, thereby obviating the need to destroy bees in the collection of honey. The better welfare of bees produced a greater honey yield.[7][8][9][10] Nutt laid out his invention in his 1832 book Humanity to Honey Bees[11]


Moulton Chapel Primary School has National Healthy Schools Status and belongs to the Schools Sports Partnership. Its 2016 Ofsted Inspection judgement rated the school as 'Grade 2 Good' for overall effectiveness.[12]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 584
  3. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 233; Methuen & Co. Ltd.
  4. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 608; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096208
  5. ^ Historic England. "Chapel of St James, Roman Road (1359293)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Windmill, Roman Road (1064467)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  7. ^ Hebert, Luke (1836); The Engineer's and Mechanic's Encyclopaedia, Volume 1, Thomas Kelly, Paternoster Row, London, p. 162; reprinted February 2010. ISBN 1145467415
  8. ^ Timms, John (1830); Arcana of Science and Art, Or, An Annual Register of Useful Inventions and Improvements, Discoveries; John Limbird p. 21; reprinted BiblioBazaar (2009). ISBN 1110719124
  9. ^ The London Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, Etc (1833), p. 21; reprinted 2010. ISBN 114979920X
  10. ^ Hebert, Luke (1829); The Register of arts, and journal of patent inventions, Volume 3, B. Steill, Paternoster Row, London, p. 228; reprinted BiblioBazaar (2010). ISBN 1143777514
  11. ^ Nutt, Thomas (1832); Humanity To Honey Bees: Or Practical Directions For The Management Of Honey Bees Upon An Improved And Humane Plan; J. Leach, Wisbeach; reprinted Kessinger Publishing Co (2009). ISBN 1104181096
  12. ^ (PDF)"Moulton Chapel Primary School"; Ofsted Inspection 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012

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