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Mablethorpe

Cemeteries

  • St Mary, Church Lane, Church of England

Census

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • We have one page from the 1901 Census for your review.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 640
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2379
1871 R.G. 10 / 3399
1891 R.G. 12 / 2606
1901 R.G. 13 / 3081

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mablethorpe area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church seats about 200.
  • A second eclessiastical parish is formed around St. Peter's Church, adjoining St. Mary to the south.
  • St. Peter Church was "carried away by the ocean" several centuries ago.
  • John READMAN has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1650.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • After 1900, the parish was made part of the East Loutheske Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1836, then a new chapel in 1869, which they enlarged in 1881. A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1909.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of St. Peter's Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
  • For more on these chapels and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish are on the banks of the North Sea, about 137 miles north of London, 16 miles east of Louth and 8 miles north-east of Alford. Trusthorpe parish is to the south. The parish covers about 2,900 acres.

The village has been a popular seaside resort for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 trunk road north out of Skegness past Sutton on Sea or take the A1104 trunk road north out of Alford.
  • Steve FAREHAM has a photograph of the Gin and Tonic on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
  • It's a SIGN! Patricia McCRORY provides these village signs to welcome you to your ancestors' village:

Village sign  Sign close-up

You can see pictures of Mablethorpe which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Mablethorpe has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

History

  • In 1877, The Louth and East Coast Railway had a terminus here.
  • In 1884, a pavilion was erected on the sand hills for visitors.
  • In 1886, a Coast Guard station was built to rescue mariners and boaters.
  • In October 1894, the town formed an Urban District Council under a Local Gevernment Board Order (No. 34,984).
  • Mablethorpe had a railway station on the Louth and East Coast branch of the Great Northern Railway.
  • A matter of "Domestic Infelicity" got Mablethorpe noted in the Yorkshire Weekly of 1903.
  • The village held a flower, horse and bee show every year.
  • Around 1900, the parish housed the Mablethorpe Convalescent House, which was built in 1870. It had 75 beds and featured hot and cold salt water baths. It was open from April to November. Each "patient" paid 4 shillings per week.

Manors

  • Mablethorpe Hall had been the seat of the FITZWILLIAM family, but by 1912 it was occupied by the rector. It is known by locals as "Old Hall".

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF500850 (Lat/Lon: 53.340620, 0.251571), Mablethorpe which are provided by:

Medical Records

  • The Lincolnshire Sea Side Convalescent Home could accomodate 53 patients. Construction started in late 1860 and was completed in May, 1861. It opened on 1 June, 1871. It is unknown if any records survived.

Military History

  • In 1942, Mablethorpe was the target of a German bombing raid. Liz Barker reports: On July 27, 1942, on Windsor road, 4 houses demolished and others damaged. 10 other homes were "extensively damaged" and 6 persons were injured, some seriously.
  • You can see the War Memorial at Geo-graph where it was photographed by John READMAN in October, 2004.
  • There is another view, taken on a rainy day by Humphrey BOLTON, at Geo-graph.

Military Records

John READMAN provides us with: "Mablethorpe War Memorial Plaque at the Parish Church of St. Mary's:"

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF MABLETHORPE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY DURING THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919

  • PTE. J. BADLEY
  • PTE. W. O. S. BAMBER
  • L/C P. H. BARBER
  • PTE. C. BOCOCK
  • PTE. H. CAVILL
  • PTE. C. CHAMBERS
  • PTE. F. CHAMBERS
  • PTE. W. H. CHEESMAN
  • PTE. T. W. DAKIN
  • PTE. T. DENNIS
  • PTE. J. H. C. FARROW
  • PTE. A. W. FENTON
  • WHL. J. W. GRAY
  • PTE. S. GRAY
  • PTE. C. E. HACKFORD
  • A.B.S. J. D. HARNESS
  • SGT. C. HAW
  • SGT. C. HELAS
  • GNR. E. HORTON
  • L/C F. H. MANNING
  • LT. H.Y. MAULKINSON
  • PTE. W. MILLGATE
  • PTE. J. W. MOUNTAIN
  • PTE. P. SIMPSON
  • PTE. C. D. SIZER
  • PTE. W. H. SHAW
  • PTE. F. SMITH
  • L/C P. STUBBS
  • PTE. W. E. THORNLEY
  • SGT. F. C. WALKER
  • PTE. C. M. WEST

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Politics and Government

  • For governance, the parish was in the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Stain is a hamlet in the nearby parish of Withern. It had been an ancient parish, but the church of St. John was destroyed centuries ago. It was united with Mablethorpe.
  • In October 1894, the town formed an Urban District Council under a Local Gevernment Board Order (No. 34,984).
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 164
1831 242
1871 452
1881 640
1901 934
1911 1,232

Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1856 and had 100 students in 1881. A classroom was added to the school in 1874.
  • A Council School here was rebuilt in 1906 to hold 194 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.