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)
 • Rank50th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total95,019
 • RankRanked 254th
 • 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 District Council
Political groups
Administration (24)
  Conservatives (24)

Opposition (13)

  Independent (12)
  Unspecified (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
South Holland Council Offices (geograph 4003589).jpg
Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE
Map showing the ward boundaries of South Holland District Council

South Holland is a local government district of Lincolnshire. The district council is based in Spalding. Other notable towns include Crowland, Holbeach and Long Sutton. The district is named after the historical division of Lincolnshire known as the Parts of Holland.

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.[3] The median age was nearly 43.[3] 82.6% of people in the district claimed to adhere to a Christian religion – the highest proportion of any district in the East Midlands.

The 2011 census reports 88,270 people at 1.2 per hectare in 37,264 households.[4]

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.[5]


Coat of arms of South Holland, Lincolnshire
On a wreath of the colours a heron Proper supporting with the dexter foot a cornucopia erect Or replenished with flowers fruit and cereals Proper.
Barry wavy of six Azure and Argent in front of two crosiers in saltire a representation of the Elloe Stone issuant on a chief Or an open book Proper edged Or bound between two tulip heads Gules.
Progress Through Endeavour[6]


  1. ^ "Lord Gary Porter CBE". Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Councillors by party". South Holland District Council. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b "District Council's summary of 2001 census results" (PDF).
  4. ^ "South Holland:Key Statistics". 2011 census. Office for national statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "South Holland IDB". Water Management Alliance. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  6. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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