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Holton le Clay

Coordinates: 53°30′20″N 0°03′31″W / 53.505500°N 0.058516°W / 53.505500; -0.058516


St Peter's Church, Holton le Clay
Population 3,875 (2001)
OS grid reference TA288027
    - London 140 mi (230 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Grimsby
Postcode district DN36
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
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Holton-le-Clay is a village and civil parish in the extreme north of the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Grimsby on the A16. The village is twinned with Sargé-lès-le-Mans, Sarthe, France.[1]


Ditched enclosures and boundaries of possible prehistoric or Roman origin have been found,[2] and earthworks of Medieval origin, with tofts and crofts, are evident within and around the village.[3]

In the Domesday account the village is written as "Holtone". It was within the manor of Tetney in the then Lindsey North Riding, and prior to the Norman conquest under the lordships of a Swein and Thorgisl. By 1086 the manor had fallen under the lordship of Ivo Taillebois.[4][5]

In 1885 Kelly's Directory noted a parish area of 1,430 acres (5.8 km2) acres, and an 1881 population of 283. Production of crops was chiefly of wheat, barley, oats, turnips and seeds. Principal landowners included the Earl of Scarborough DL, and George Henry Haig DL JP of Grainsby. The manor was owned by the Duchy of Lancaster, and rented to Sir Hugh Henry Cholmeley Bt DL JP of Easton Park. There was a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1827, and a Primitive Methodist chapel dated 1836. At the time Holton-le-Clay railway station was on the East Lincolnshire branch of the Great Northern Railway, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south from the village.[6] A further village station, Holton Village Halt, operated between 1905 and 1961.[7]


The village Grade II* listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Peter.[8] It consists of chancel, nave, and an embattled tower with 3 bells. Tower, chancel and nave arch are of Saxon or of very early Norman date. It was repaired and partly rebuilt in 1850 by William Hay, and restored and repaired in 1868.[6] Cox noted that it was "nearly rebuilt in brick in 1850, but the tower is one of the many Lincolnshire instances of late Saxon architecture",[9] and in 1964 Pevsner described it as "A rough and, at the time of writing, neglected church", with an 11th-century tower and west window, Decorated bell-openings, a Norman font, and a 1636 Paten cover.[10] Within the churchyard is a 14th-century cross base and shaft.[11][12]

Further listed buildings include ca.1800 Holton Lodge farm house,[13][14] with attached pigeoncote.[15][16]

Within the parish is Grade II listed Waithe Water Mill, dating from 1813.[17][18]


The village has two schools, Holton-le-Clay Infants School and Holton-le-Clay Junior School,[19] for primary school age children. Local secondary schools include Tollbar Academy at New Waltham. The village is also in the catchment area for Louth's Cordeaux Academy, Monks' Dyke Tennyson College and King Edward VI Grammar School.


Village convenience shops include Co-op, Spar and Nisa-Today's stores. There is also a hardware shop, pharmacy and two hairdressers, and Chinese, kebab, pizza, and fish and chip takeaway outlets.

The parish council has recently purchased the Etherington Arms public house for conversion into a new village hall.

The village has two public houses, The Jug and Bottle and The Royal Oak. The cricket club also has a members' bar.

Holton-le-Clay Cricket Club is located off Tetney Lane, providing football, cricket and entertainment activities.

Public transport is provided by the Stagecoach Group[20] which runs a regular bus service to Grimsby and Louth.



External links

  • Retrieved 26 November 2011
  • Holton Le Clay Parish Council, Retrieved 30 October 2011

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