In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Holland Fen like this:
HOLLAND-FEN, a fen and a chapelry in Boston district, Lincoln. The fen lies averagely on the North Forty foot drain, near the Boston and Lincoln railway, 8 miles NW by W of Boston; comprises about 22, 000 acres; and is divided, in allotments, among eleven parishes, called the Holland-Fen towns. The reclamation of it was effected considerably in the time of Charles I.; was carried on afterwards to a state of profitable cultivation; and resulted in material benefit, not only to the parishes immediately interested in it, but to the town and port of Boston.The chapelry was constituted in 1812; has been said to include the entire fen, with upwards of 10, 000 inhabitants; has been said also to be a mere appendage of the curacy of Fosdyke, or of the rectory of Algarkirk; but is really a separate charge with a pop. ...
of about 1, 223. Its church stands in the Fosdyke allotment, close to the North Forty-foot drain, 4 miles WNW of Langrick r. station, and 8 NW by W of Boston; but is 12 miles NNW of Fosdyke. Its post town is Boston. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value. £150.* Patron, the Rev. B. Berridge. The church was built in 1812. There is a national school.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Holland Fen has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Boston. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Holland Fen and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Holland Fen, in Boston and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th December 2013
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