Lea is both a village and a parish about 2 miles south-south-east of Gainsborough and about 146 miles north of London. The Trent River forms the western parish border, Upton cum Kexby parish lies to the east and Knaith parish to the south. The parish covered about 2,050 acres in 1842. At that time, the parish included the hamlets of Lea Wood and Lea Marsh, as well as two small spots on the Nottinghamshire side of the river, the Bole and Burton Ferries, created when the Trent forged a new path through the parish. Those have since (circa 1900) been transferred to Nottinghamshire, reducing the size of the parish to about 1,950 acres.
In 1842, the village of Lea still contained many thatched dwellings, "finely shaded with trees". The village lies astride the Torksey Road. If you are planning a visit:
- Take the A156 (Torksey Road) south out of Gainsborough for about two miles. The village center is where the B1247 starts on its eastward leg toward Kexby.
- Thurlby is a wooded area just northeast of the village.
- The railway station opened in 1849 as part of the Great Northern Railway. Rail service for passengers ended in 1957 and goods in 1963.
- Visit our touring page for more sources.
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administrative areas in which Lea has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK831867 (Lat/Lon: 53.370639, -0.752492), Lea which are provided by: