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West Fen

Note: West Fen is not an ancient parish of Lincolnshire. See Politics and Governance for an explanation.


  • The parish was in the Stickney sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1891 R.G. 12 / 2501

Church Records

  • Since the parish did not have its own Anglican church, the people attended church in Carrington, New Bolingbroke or Stickney.
  • There were two Wesleyan Methodist chapels in the parish. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

West Fen is a parish nine miles north of Boston and east of Coningsby. The parish covered about 2,570 acres in 1911.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the B1183 trunk road north out of Boston. West Fen is the area between Frithville and Carrington.
  • See our Touring page for additional resources.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

Politics and Governance

  • West Fen was a township from 1812 to 1880.
  • This parish was formed in 1880 under Queen Victoria and consisted of detached parts (Fen allotments) of Mavis Enderby, Hareby, Hundleby, West Keal, Raithby, Freiston and Leverton.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bolingbroke Soke in the South Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The citizens of West Fen have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but they hold Parish Meetings periodically to discuss civic and political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings held every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, when the parish was formed in 1880, it became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


    Year  Inhabitants
1881 322
1891 261
1901 245
1911 255
1921 229
1971 145


  • The children of this parish attended schools at Medlam and Stickney.
  • A School Board was formed on 10 Jan. 1879 for the West Fen United District, which consisted of Carrington, Frithville and Westville parishes. The Board met once a month in Boston. This board approved the building of the school at Medlam in Revesby parish in 1880.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.