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Mablethorpe, Beach
Mablethorpe, Beach
Mablethorpe, Beach

After World War 1, when cheap surplus army tents were available, a line of bell tents soon sprung up under the sandhills at Mablethorpe and at Sutton.

Ostensibly, these were for bathing purposes, but stringent rules had to be applied to prevent them being used for sleeping accommodation.

See: The Lincolnshire Seaside by Winston Kime  2005

Postcard, 1920 

Mablethorpe, tenets, beach, world war I
Mablethorpe, Convalescent Home
Mablethorpe, Convalescent Home
Mablethorpe, Convalescent Home

James Fowler, architect of Louth, designed this home close to the seafront for 53 patients with separate accommodation for males and females on a plan approved by Florence Nightingale.

The home opened in 1871 at a cost of £3800; it was demolished in the 1980s.

From original drawing by James Fowler


Mablethorpe, James Fowler, convalescent home
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster

Exceptionally strong winds and a very high tide on 31 January 1953 combined to produce a storm surge that broke through the sea defences along several stretches of the Lincolnshire coast.

Much of Mablethorpe was inundated by the sea and there were several deaths in the town and neighbouring Sutton on Sea.

Mablethorpe, Flood disaster
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster
Mablethorpe, Flood Disaster

Exceptionally strong winds and a very high tide on 31 January 1953 combined to produce a storm surge that broke through the sea defences along several stretches of the Lincolnshire coast.

Much of Mablethorpe was inundated by the sea and there were several deaths in the town and neighbouring Sutton on Sea.

The damage to property was considerable, as is apparent in this photograph of Quebec Road, Mablethorpe.


Mablethorpe, storm, 1953, flood, Quebec Road,
Mablethorpe, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Mablethorpe, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Mablethorpe, Primitive Methodist Chapel

The former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Victoria Road was opened in October 1909.

It was damaged in the Second World War and also in the floods of January 1953.

After restoration, including the addition of the obtrusive entrance porch, it was renamed St Peter's.

September 2018

Mablethorpe, St Peter, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary

Much rebuilding over the centuries has left St Mary’s Mablethorpe  with an unusual profile; the chancel is higher than both nave and tower!

The brick nave was rebuilt in 1976-9, replacing that of 1714 shown here.

The arcades within possibly date from the original building of c1300, timber struts now replacing the original arches. The chancel arch and east window are 19th century.

See Lincolnshire HER on www.heritagegateway.org.uk  

Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, St Mary

A view of St Mary's at the turn of the millennium. It is apparent that the south aisle was extended in the twentieth century.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Mablethorpe, St Mary
Mablethorpe, Tennyson's House
Mablethorpe, Tennyson's House
Mablethorpe, Tennyson's House

As a child and later in his youth Alfred Tennyson made frequent visits to the nearby Lincolnshire coast.

He and his brother Charles famously celebrated the publication of their first volume of poetry by declaiming the lines on the windswept beach at Mablethorpe.

For periods in each summer from 1828 and 1843 he stayed at this house, Marline Villa, High Street, Mablethorpe.

Undated postcard

Mablethorpe, Tennyson,
Mablethorpe, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Mablethorpe, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Mablethorpe, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The building seen today on High Street originated as a chapel built for the Wesleyan Methodists in 1868. It was subsequently enlarged in 1888 and 1914.

The building closed for worship in October 1965 and the Mablethorpe Methodists combined in using the St Peter's premises.

September 2018

Mablethorpe, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel