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West Fen

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

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Census

  • 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:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1891 R.G. 12 / 2501
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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.
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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.
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Description & 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.
You can see pictures of West Fen which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF310536 (Lat/Lon: 53.064016, -0.047207), West Fen which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • 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.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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.
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Population

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

  • 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.