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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.

Postcard, 1930s

Midville, St Peter church, Jeptha Pacey
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter

A later image of St Peter's.

Barry Barton, 1980

Midville,
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter

The approach to the door of the church which is located midway along the west front.

November 2018

Midville, St Peter
Midville, St Peter, cupola
Midville, St Peter, cupola
Midville, St Peter, cupola

The well-proportioned cupola in Georgian style with weather vane.

Regrettably, the shapely openings on each of the faces of the octagonal body have been covered.

November 2018

Midville, St Peter, cupola, weather vane
Midville, St Peter, window
Midville, St Peter, window
Midville, St Peter, window

The church has six identical windows in the nave. They are pointed with Victorian tracery.

Because of the soft ground and uncertainty of the foundations, inverted arches have been built into the walls beneath the windows.

November 2018


Midville, St Peter, inverted arches, window