Wainfleet  Lincolnshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wainfleet like this:

WAINFLEET-ALL SAINTS, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Spilsby district, Lincoln. The town stands on the river Steeping, 3¾ miles W by N of the river's month, 3¾ SE of Firsby r. station, and 7¾ SE of Spilsby: has been supposed, by some antiquaries, to occupy the site of a Roman station; sent a member to parliament in the time of Edward III.; was the birth-place of Bishop Patten, William of Waynflete, founder of Magdalen college, Oxford; was once a considerable sea-port, but suffered decline of its commerce by the partial silting-up of the reach of river between it and the sea; consists chiefly of one street, with a central market place; has undergone considerable recent improvement; and has a post-office‡ under Boston, a banking office, a church of 1820, two Methodist chapels, a grammar-school founded by Bishop Patten in 1484, national schools of 1857, a literary institution, charities £15, a weekly market on Saturday, and four annual fairs. ...

The parish comprises 1,598 acres. Real property, £6,490; of which £100 are in gasworks. Pop., 1,392. Houses, 302. The manor is held, under the Duchy of Lancaster, byB. Reynardson, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £322. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The old church stood about 1½ mile from the town; and a national school of 1859, used as a chapel of ease, is now there.—The sub-district contains 7 parishes. Acres, 37,673. Pop., 5,502. Houses, 1,172.

Wainfleet through time

Wainfleet is now part of East Lindsey district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Lindsey has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wainfleet itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wainfleet, in East Lindsey and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd November 2019

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