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Dennis, William - statue
Dennis, William - statue
Dennis, William - statue

William Dennis (1841-1921), 'Potato King', made his fortune as a potato grower in the Lincolnshire fens. He pioneered the use of light railways to carry the crops from his extensive fields to the public rail network.

The statue, made of bronze on a Portland stone plinth, was sculpted by P Lindsey and stands in front of the town hall at Kirton in Holland.

September 2011

Kirton in Holland, William Dennis statue, P Lindsey
Kirton Holme, Methodist Chapel
Kirton Holme, Methodist Chapel
Kirton Holme, Methodist Chapel

Kirton Holme is a secondary settlement in the extreme northwest corner of the parish, approximately 3 miles from the village centre.

The Methodist Church is a short distance from the A52.

September 2011

Kirton in Holland, Methodist Chapel
Kirton in Holland, Chapel
Kirton in Holland, Chapel
Kirton in Holland, Chapel

Kirton's Methodist Chapel is on the west side of the main street in the centre of the village.

Pale rock-faced stone has been used on the facade facing the street; the rest of the building is constructed in less fashionable local red  brick.

September 2011

Kirton in Holland, chapel
Kirton in Holland, Railway Station
Kirton in Holland, Railway Station
Kirton in Holland, Railway Station

Between Boston and Spalding, Kirton station opened in 1848 and is shown here in 1970, on the last weekend before the line closed.

On 11 September 1961 it was one of 25 rural stations in the County that lost its passenger trains, but goods trains continued to call until 1964.

The large building, centre right, was the potato warehouse built by the ‘Potato King’, William Dennis. By 1918 Dennis was farming some 12,000 acres in the County, including 2000 acres at Kirton. Potatoes were at one time a major traffic for the railway.

Everything in this view has now gone. A roundabout now occupies the site, the railway now the route of the A16 with all the land to the right of the railway redeveloped for housing.

Peter Grey Archive, 1970

Kirton in Holland, William Dennis, potato railway
Kirton, St Peter & St Paul
Kirton, St Peter & St Paul
Kirton, St Peter & St Paul

An impressive church with Norman doorways, tall 14th century windows and clerestory  of c1500.

The nave has grand six-bay Early English arcades.

Originally, the building had aisled transepts and a central tower. These were demolished in 1805 (with the help of gunpowder!), providing the stone for the new west tower.

This photograph of the interior shows the Perpendicular windows of the chancel.

September 2011

Kirton in Holland, St Peter & St Paul