areham-le-Fen is a village in East Lindsey that lies roughly six miles south of the town of Horncastle. In the Domesday Book it is described as having 3 carucates of land, 21 freemen, 11 smallholders, 60 acres of meadow, 300 acres of woodland, a church and priest. The 1800s saw substantial growth with the population rising from 383 in 1801 to 835 by 1851. The first church school was built in 1841 and is now a private house.
With a largely farming community the village is surrounded by some of Lincolnshire’s most fertile land. The Parish Church is St Helen’s, parts of which date from the 13th and 14th centuries. The village pub is the Royal Oak and there is a gardening club, bowls club and W.I.
Mareham-le-Fen being in Class II of the competition, with a population of between 501 and 2000 people, has won its class seven times in total, in 1969, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983. The village has also come second on four occasions.
The competition benefits the village because it gives people a goal to go for. Over the years I think we have won it (the competition) six times and we have had the help of several residents who were keen gardeners and took real pride in their properties
– Len Hodgson
Use the media players below to listen to interviews with two Holbeach residents