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Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque
Angell, Norman - blue plaque

Norman Angell (1872-1967), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933, was born in the Mansion House at Holbeach.

He was an author, lecturer, journalist and energetic pacifist.

At one time MP for Bradford North, he served on the Executive Committee of the League of Nations after the First World War.

Ken Redmore, 2011

Holbeach, Norman Angell, Mansion House, Nobel Peace prize
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument
Holbeach, All Saints, Monument

The late 14th century monument to Sir Humphrey Littlebury in All Saints Church is thought to have been sculpted by Bristol craftsmen.

On the cresting of the recumbent figure's helmet is a head.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, All Saints church, monument, Humphrey Littlebury,
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints

All Saints church in Holbeach is mainly in the Decorated style.

The recessed broach spire, with its four sets of lucarnes, has a total height of 180ft.

The north porch entrance is flanked by a pair of round towers, which seem out of place in a church.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, All Saints, broach, spire,
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints
Holbeach, All Saints

View of All Saints' Church from the north-east. The chancel windows have flowing tracery of the Decorated period.

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Holbeach, All Saints church
Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Church Street
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Holbeach, Church Street
Holbeach, Mansion House
Holbeach, Mansion House
Holbeach, Mansion House

The Mansion House in High Street, Holbeach, is thought to date from 1681, though built in Queen Anne style.

Sir Norman Angell, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was born here in 1872.

The building has recently been restored for use as a hotel and bistro bar.

Ken Redmore, 2011 

Holbeach, Norman, Angell, Mansion House, Nobel Peace Prize,
Holbeach, Milestone
Holbeach, Milestone
Holbeach, Milestone

An unusual survival of the turnpike period is this eighteenth century milestone outside the parish church in High Street, Holbeach.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, milestone,
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower
Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower

The RAF Holbeach bombing range opened in 1926. It includes this observation tower for recording performance.

RAF and NATO aircraft use the range for dropping bombs and firing cannon.

Targets include old trawlers beached on the mudflats of the Wash.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, RAF Holbeach, Observation Tower, bombing range,
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker
Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps Bunker

During the Cold War period a network of Royal Observer Corps bunkers was created covering the country.

Most, like this one near Holbeach, were in isolated locations with telephone links to regional bases. (The HQ for Lincolnshire was at Fiskerton).

They were manned at all times by ROC volunteers and were equipped to detect attacks by nuclear weapons.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Holbeach, Royal Observer Corps bunker, cold war, Fiskerton,