History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century St Mary's church
St Mary's Church
At the junction of Church Lane and Church Road stands the ancient parish church, dedicated to St Mary. The church dates to the late 13th or early 14th century and was rebuilt in 1976. The nave arcade dates to around AD 1300, and there is a late 13th-century window in the south wall.
The octagonal font was made around 1400. The most interesting memorials are a pair of grave slabs to Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam and his wife Elizabeth, both of whom died in 1403. Also in the chancel is a brass to Elizabeth Fitzwilliam (d. 1522) and the tomb of another Thomas Fitzwilliam who died in 1494.
On the north side of the A1104 immediately west of the town is Mablethorpe Hall former seat of the Fitzwilliam family. Thomas Fitzwilliam was granted the right to crenellate his family home in 1459 and excavations have revealed a moated enclosure.
An unsubstantiated storey says that a French ship landed on the coast nearby and abducted the family heir. The pirates set the ransom so high that the Fitzwilliams were forced to sell their estates near Mablethorpe to free the heir.
The Sand Train
One enduring tradition in Mablethorpe is the Sand Train, motorised transport that takes holiday-makers to the most northerly part of the beach. The Sand Train takes visitors to a seal sanctuary located at the northern tip of the beach, where they can walk through a unique environment of sand dunes and coastal plants, and see injured and orphaned grey and common seals. Another tradition is donkeys, also used to transport visitors or simply to offer short rides along the shore.
Two of Britain's most famous writers have links to Mablethorpe. Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson visited Mablethorpe regularly and is remembered in the names of several streets. It is said that Tennyson would shout out his poems to the sea. Writer DH Lawrence's connection is a little less profound; he features the town in his novel Sons and Lovers.
Address: Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: Chris, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Theddlethorpe, All Saints Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Saltfleetby, All Saints Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Alford, St Wilfrid's Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
Alford Manor House Museum - 5.9 miles (Museum)
Skidbrooke, St Botolph's Church - 6.6 miles (Historic Church)
South Somercotes, St Peter's Church - 8 miles (Historic Church)
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen's Church - 8.7 miles (Historic Church)
Burwell, St Michael's Church - 9.4 miles (Historic Church)
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