Burgh Le Marsh


St Peter and St Paul's Church, Burgh-le-Marsh
 Burgh-le-Marsh shown within Lincolnshire
Population 2,340 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTF501650
    London 110 mi (180 km)  S
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town SKEGNESS
Postcode district PE24
Dialling code 01754
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK ParliamentBoston and Skegness
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Coordinates: 53°09′40″N 0°14′17″E / 53.1610°N 0.2380°E / 53.1610; 0.2380

Burgh-le-Marsh is a town and electoral ward to the west of Skegness in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[2]


The town is built on a low hill surrounded by former marsh land, and the marsh influenced the town's name, Burgh Le Marsh. Both the village windmill and church are visible from far distances. The A158 used to run through from west to east but this was rerouted when a new bypass opened in late 2007, having started in September 2006, and has reduced traffic congestion dramatically.[3][4] A Roman road passes through the town on the way to Skegness, and comes from the north-west via Tetford and Ulceby.[5] The town is on the site of a former Roman fort.

Saxon burial mound

Near the parish church is a large mound, where Saxon burial remains were found during the 1930s.[6] There is a dip in the top of the mound, it is suggested that it was used for cockfighting, and to this day it is known as Cock Hill.


There is a traditional butcher, baker and convenience shops. There is also a fishmonger, a post office, a Chinese takeaway, a fish and chip shop, a library, a supermarket, an estate agent and a florist.

Local public houses include the Fleece Inn on the Market Square, the Red Lion in Storey's Lane, and the Bell Hotel, White Hart Hotel, and Ye Olde Burgh Inn on the High Street.[7][8]

Burgh-le-Marsh Grade I listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.[9] There is a Baptist church and Methodist chapel.[10][11][12][13]

St Paul's Missionary College was an institution for training Anglican Clergy and existed from 1878 to 1936.[14]

There was once a Burgh-le-Marsh railway station on the line between Boston and Louth, but it is now closed.


The town has two tower mills, the untarred Hanson's Mill of 1855 (originally four-sailed), now a residence, and the tarred Dobson's Mill, which is now a museum.[15] Built in 1813 by Sam Oxley (who also built Alford Windmill a sister mill in the nearby town of Alford, Lincolnshire) it is unusual in being the only left-handed tower mill having five sails. "Left-handed sails" mean they rotate clockwise when viewed from the front - a very rare type of windmill.[16][17]


Burgh le Marsh is twinned with the town of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire in France. This twinning began in 1988 and has celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The celebrations took place on the weekend of 18 May 2013. The Chairman of the Burgh le Marsh Twinning Association is Neil Cooper and for the Beaumont sur Sarthe Twinning Association is Claude Menard.[18]


  1. "Parish/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. OS Explorer map: Skegness, Alford & Spilsby: (1:25 000): ISBN 0319238229
  3. "Burgh le Marsh now has a By Pass". Burghlemarsh.info. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  4. "A158 Burgh le Marsh Bypass". Lincolnshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  5. "Romans To Skegness". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  6. "Brief History of Burgh le Marsh near Skegness - special among the market towns in Lincolnshire UK - great for holidays". Burghlemarsh.info. 4 October 1970. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  7. "Hotels and Public Houses". Burghlemarsh.info. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  8. "High Street". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  9. Historic England. "Church of St Peter and St Paul (1222765)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  10. "St.Peter & St.Paul's church, Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincs". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  11. Burgh le Marsh
  12. "Burgh Baptist Church". Bapchap.ic24.net. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  13. "Burgh le Marsh Methodist Chapel". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  14. "Burgh Le Marsh Web Site". Burghlemarsh.info. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  15. "Windmill at Burgh Le Marsh". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  16. "Hanson's windmill today". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  17. "Five-sailed Dobson's windmill". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  18. "Burgh le Marsh Twinned with Beaumont sur Sarthe". Burghlemarsh.info. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
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