olbeach is a fenland market town in South Holland, lying forty-three miles south-east of the city of Lincoln. The town’s market charter was awarded in 1252 to Thomas de Moulton, a local baron. The meridian line crosses Holbeach and is marked by the Millstone at Wignal’s Gate. The town has a number of facilities including a local park, playing fields, a nature reserve and allotments. There are several notable people who come from the town, including Sir Norman Angell winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 1933, and William Stukeley who pioneered the archaeological investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. There was a workhouse in Holbeach up until the 1960’s. The parish council meets every month, usually on the 2nd Monday and commences with a ten minute open forum where the public are invited to raise any issues.


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Holbeach has been successful in the Market Towns’ class of the competition, with a population of fewer than 7,000 people. The town has won its class six times in total in 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1975 and 1997. Holbeach has also come second six times and third once.



(From the start of the year to get ready for the competition) to be realistic in the open space areas preparations for BKV have got to start from about May to ensure areas are kept maintained and tidy, but certainly from June preparations for the competition really start taking hold. We have our staff at the town council who get involved along with other groups in the community who also help get the town ready for the competition

– Cllr Terry Harrington

Use the media players below to listen to interviews with two Holbeach residents

Bill Belsham


Terry Harrington