Mareham le Fen



  • The parish has a Cemetery, apparently purchased after 1930, on the north side of the village not far from the church.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Mareham-le-Fen Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.


  • The parish was in the Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 640
1851H.O. 107 / 2107
1861R.G. 9 / 2370
1871R.G. 10 / 3385
1891R.G. 12 / 2600

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was originally constructed in the late 13th century.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church seats 250.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Helen's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • Here is a photo of St. Helen's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • We have a partial parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in the village in 1842. The Baptists built a chapel in 1860, but it was unused by 1881. The Primitive Methodists also had a chapel in the village, built in 1860. For more on researching these chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was demolished in 2001. Bricks from the building were used to build an extension to a local cottage and for other construction projects. [Mike Bailey]
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Mareham le Fen is both a village and parish 6 miles south of Horncastle. Tumby parish lies to the west and Revesby is to the east.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is astride the A155 trunk road between Coningsby and Spilsby.
  • Explore the village web site for things to do and places to stay.
  • There is a large Fen area south of the village.
  • You must stop and see the historic windmill, built around 1820. The four patent sails are thought to have been removed in the 1910's.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Mareham le Fen which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • A severe hurricane swept the area in July, 1828.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF278613 (Lat/Lon: 53.133544, -0.091187), Mareham le Fen which are provided by:


Military History

  • Photographs of those who went to World War One from the village are on display in the village hall. Those who lost their lives are remembered on the war memorial in the cemetery on Horncastle road.
  • During the Second World War the Green Howard regiment was billeted in the village and there were search lights operated from within the village. On the outskirts of the village the sides of the road were used as munitions dumps.
  • There is a photograph of the stone pillar Roll of Honour on the Roll of Honour website.

Military Records

  • Men who went to both World Wars are also commemorated in a book recently published giving details of all those from Mareham-le-Fen who fought and fell. This was written by Mike HODGSON and is on sale in the village at Borrows shop.

From the Marham-le-Fen War Memorial, by Eric WALTERS, (with additional notations):

CemeteryDiedSurnameGiven namesBtln.RegimentNotes
Helles Mem31-Jul-15BellGeorge6Lincsa
Ploegsteert Mem25-Sep-15ChesterWilliam Henry2Lincs 
Le Touret Mem10-Mar-15CoolingHarry2Lincsc
Dranoutre Chyd01-Jun-15EllwoodCharles Hugh4Lincsd
Mont Huon23-Aug-18FletcherCharles Herbert7Lincse
Heilly Station Mericourt05-Jul-16HortonWalter/William Henry7Lincsd
Mareham le Fen Cty31-Oct-22JohnsonWilfred Henry7thLincs 
Duisans Brit. Cty.13-Oct-18JohnsonPercy10thCanadian Inf. 
Thiepval Mem04-Apr-17NewsteadErnest2Royal Berks 
Mareham le Fen Cty23-Nov-18PadleyCharles William2Bedfordf
Gosselies Com. Cty.03-Dec-18PorterFred7th Bde.Royal Horse Artillery 
Mareham le Fen Cty19-Mar-17RobertsWalter RE - Wireless 
Vaudencourt BC17-Nov-18ScarboroWilliam18MGCd
Bray MC06-Apr-17SpikingsAlbert4Lincsh


  1. Son of John W. and Mary J. BELL, of Mareham-le-Fen.
  2. .
  3. Coporal, Son of John and Hannah COOLING; husband of Florence in Hull.
  4. Not found in CWGC database.
  5. Coporal, Son of William and Emily Jane FLETCHER, of Mareham-le-Fen.
  6. Private, Son of Charles and Emily PADLEY, of Mareham-le-Fen.
  8. Lance Corporal.

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in the parish Cemetery for World War I:

  1. Charles William PADLEY, priv., 2nd Btn. Befordshire Regt., died 23 Nov. 1918.
  2. Walter ROBERTS, driver, Royal Engineers, age 23, died 19 Mar. 1917.

And one CWWG for World War II:

  1. Ernest GOSLING, trooper, Royal Armoured Corps, age 25, died 15 Jan. 1944.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire, and became a modern Civil Parish when those were establishd.
  • The parish was in the ancient Horncastle Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • This parish was allowed to send a few paupers to live in the almshouses at Revesby.
  • The Common Land here was enclosed in 1745.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.




  • A National School was built here in 1841. The school was greatly enlarged in 1877 and 1880.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.