South Holland, Lincolnshire

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South Holland District
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyLincolnshire
Admin. HQSpalding
 • TypeSouth Holland District Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MP:John Hayes
 • Total289.9 sq mi (750.9 km2)
Area rank50th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total95,019
 • RankRanked 257th
 • Density330/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code32UF (ONS)
E07000140 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.8% White

South Holland is a local government district of Lincolnshire. The district council is based in Spalding.

It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the Spalding urban district with East Elloe Rural District and Spalding Rural District. All these were previously in the administrative county of Holland.

South Holland borders the borough of Boston to the north, The Wash and the county of Norfolk to the east, the county of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough unitary authority to the south, the Lincolnshire district of South Kesteven to the west, and the district of North Kesteven to the north-west.


There were 76,512 citizens in the district at the 2001 census.[1] The median age is nearly 43.[1] 82.6% of people in the district claim to be of a Christian religion - the highest proportion for any district in the East Midlands (St Helens has the highest proportion of Christians in the UK at 86.9%). The district has the lowest unemployment in Lincolnshire and average hours worked per week are the second highest for UK districts (Eden, Cumbria has the highest).

The 2011 census reports 88,270 people at 1.2 per hectare in 37,264 households.[2]

Much of the district is low-lying and is kept free from inundation by land drainage. This is the responsibility of the South Holland Internal Drainage Board and the Environment Agency.[3]

2016 EU Referendum[edit]

On Thursday 23 June 2016 South Holland voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. South Holland produced the second biggest majority vote to "Leave the European Union" in the United Kingdom and was beaten only by neighbouring Boston with voters choosing to leave by 73.5 per cent of the popular vote on a high turnout of 75%. The campaign to leave was partly led by local Conservative MP John Hayes who also campaigned nationally for a "Leave" vote.

The result was declared at Springfields Exhibition Centre in Spalding early on Friday 24 June 2016 by the "Counting officer" (CO) Anna Graves.

United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
South Holland
Choice Votes %
Leave the European Union 36,423 73.59%
Remain a member of the European Union 13,074 26.41%
Valid votes 49,497 99.96%
Invalid or blank votes 12 0.04%
Total votes 49,509 100.00%
Registered voters and turnout 65,699 75.37%
South Holland referendum result (without spoiled ballots):
36,423 (73.6%)
13,074 (26.4%)


  1. ^ a b "District Council's summary of 2001 census results" (PDF).
  2. ^ "South Holland:Key Statistics". 2011 census. Office for national statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ "South Holland IDB". Water Management Alliance. Retrieved 12 June 2013.

Coordinates: 52°45′N 0°09′W / 52.75°N 0.15°W / 52.75; -0.15