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Midville
 
Midville, Hobhole Drain
Midville, Hobhole Drain
Midville, Hobhole Drain

The Hobhole Drain is the major drain of the East Fen. It runs north-south from Toynton All Saints to the Haven (Witham) 3 miles south-east of Boston.

The communities of Midville, Eastville and New Leake developed after drainage and the creation of the Hobhole Drain in the early years of the nineteenth century.

Postcard, 1930s

Midville, Hobhole Drain
Midville, Railway Station
Midville, Railway Station
Midville, Railway Station

 Opened with what was known as the ‘New Line’, between Coningsby Junction and Bellwater Junctions, in 1913, the line and station closed in 1970.

The route was created primarily to help speed excursionists from the Midlands to Skegness and Mablethorpe but it also served the many farms and hamlets scattered along the northern edges of the East and West Fens. Midville station was a good example of this.

Some buildings remain today but the track bed has disappeared, incorporated into the adjacent fields.

Peter Grey Archive, 1970

Midville, railway station
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter

At the junction of the Fodder Dyke and the Hobhole Drain, about a mile and a half to the west of Eastville Station. It is probably by Jeptha Pacey and is dated 1819.

Similar to other early nineteenth century churches of the East Fen it has a pedimented gable and deep eaves.  There is an octagonal Georgian cupola.

Postcard, 1930s

Midville, St Peter church, Jeptha Pacey