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Roman EmpireEdit

A horde of Roman treasure was found in Mablethorpe, as well as a Roman brooch and pottery.[3]

Mablethorpe HallEdit

Mablethorpe as a town has existed for many centuries, although part of it was lost to the sea in the 1540s. For example, records of the Fitzwilliam family of Mablethorpe Hall date back to the 14th century. In the 19th century, it was also a centre for ship breaking during the winter. Mablethorpe Hall is to the west of the town along Alford Road. It is near the parish church of St Mary. (The Mablethorpe church group also includes Trusthorpe.)

Town lifeboatsEdit

In 1883 the first lifeboat station was built in Mablethorpe. The station ran until the First World War when it temporarily closed because of crew shortages. After the war, the station was closed permanently due to a continuing shortage of crew. The station remained closed until 1965 when an inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established.

The town now has a new lifeboat station.

A new D class lifeboat, D-506 Patrick Rex Moren, was placed on service on 9 July 1996.

In 1998, a bronze medal was awarded to the Helmsman for a service on 12 April, when the D class lifeboat rescued the crew of two and saved the fishing vessel Lark. The fishing vessel had broken down in the surf and was drifting helplessly towards the shore, having lost her anchor.

The lifeboat was launched in a force 7 gale and a heavy swell – extreme conditions for this class of lifeboat. The helmsman had considerable difficulty in negotiating the rough seas in order to reach the fishing boat. He decided that it was too hazardous to take off the crew and passed a line and towed her away from danger – a considerable feat in the huge seas for a lifeboat smaller than the fishing boat and powered by one 40 hp outboard engine.

In 2001, the B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-778 Joan Mary, was placed on service.

In 2005, a new D class lifeboat, D-653 William Hadley, was placed on service.

East Coast floodsEdit

In 1953, Mablethorpe was hit by the disastrous East Coast floods, when the seawall was breached on 31 January. A granite rock memorial was unveiled on the coast on 31 January 2013, in memory of the town's 42 victims.[4][5]

Lord TennysonEdit

One of Britain's most renowned historical poets, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, once frequented Mablethorpe. It is said that he used to shout his poetry aloud towards the sea.

The town was visited regularly by Alfred, Lord Tennyson – one of Britain's most popular poets – in the 19th century. Some parts of the town are named after Lord Tennyson (for example, Tennyson Road and Tennyson High School).

D. H. LawrenceEdit

Mablethorpe is the destination for the Morel family's first holiday in the D. H. Lawrence novel, Sons and Lovers, published in 1913. "At last they got an answer from Mablethorpe, a cottage such as they wished for thirty shillings a week. There was immense jubilation. Paul was wild with joy for his mother's sake. She would have a real holiday now. He and she sat at evening picturing what it would be like. Annie came in, and Leonard, and Alice, and Kitty. There was wild rejoicing and anticipation. Paul told Miriam. She seemed to brood with joy over it. But the Morel's house rang with excitement."


Along with many small seaside villages and some inland towns and villages, Mablethorpe lost its railway station in 1970 to the Beeching Axe. The site of the old railway station is now the town's sports centre.

Stagecoach Interconnect 9 runs through the town, the halfway point between Skegness and Louth. There is generally an hourly service, with summer Sunday services only operating between Skegness and Mablethorpe. Grayscroft Coaches operates numerous services from their base in Victoria Road, including Service 1 to Louth via Manby. Brylaine runs service 96/96A, which connects Mablethorpe with Alford and Spilsby, usually every two hours.


Mablethorpe is in the East Lindsey council district of England.

The town is administered with Sutton-on-Sea and Trusthorpe as the civil parish of Mablethorpe and Sutton. The former parish of Mablethorpe covers a rectangular area inland along the A1104 Alford Road towards Maltby le Marsh as far as the boundary between the LN12 and LN13 postcode at Grange Leisure Park[6] where Earl's Bridge crosses West Bank. The southern boundary of the former parish follows the Trusthorpe Drains which are crossed at Bamber's Bridge on Mile Lane. Out towards Alford lies Strubby Airfield, with the Strubby Aviation Club and Lincs Gliding Club. To the north is the parish of Theddlethorpe St Helen, which is much bigger in geographic area than the former parish of Mablethorpe, extending up to the River Great Eau at Saltfleetby. The town is the eastern terminus of the A52. Apart from Louth itself the town is best accessed via the A1104 and A16 through Alford. The A157 to/from Louth is the sixth bendiest[7] road in the UK; such that the road via Saltfleetby is the same length.

Commercial tradeEdit


The town had one retail bank branch, Barclays, but it closed in July 2019.[8]


There are two supermarkets in the town – a Co-operative and a Lidl. High street chains represented include Boots, Shoe Zone, Heron, Greggs and Cooplands, though most of Mablethorpe's retail businesses are independent.


Family attractions in the town include a small fairground and an award-winning beach with traditional seaside amusement arcadess. One of Mablethorpe's long-standing features, its sand train, takes visitors to and from the northerly point of the beach. Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre is also north of the town.

Mablethorpe's cinema, the Loewen in Quebec Road, was previously known as the Bijou. The Dunes leisure complex lies on Mablethorpe's seafront. In 2008, the old Dunes Theatre became Sharky's Bar after a refit, but it was returned to its original state and name in 2012.

A skatepark was opened in May 2008 on the seafront. This includes a small funbox, a spine and two quarter pipes.

Several small caravan parks and guest houses provide tourist accommodation.

Electric powerEdit

Just over a mile north-east of the town, near the Seal Sanctuary, lies Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, which supplies five per cent of the UK's gas. To the west is the Bambers wind farm, which opened in November 2004 and houses eight turbines – producing five MW of power. The Bambers II wind farm, an extension of the first, opened in November 2006, and produces an additional 5 MW of power. The two turbines at Mablethorpe wind farm, which produce 1.2 MW of power, were the first wind turbines in Lincolnshire, when they were built in July 2002. All three wind farms are owned by Ecotricity, and are situated at the corner of West Bank and the Trusthorpe Drains. Mablethorpe's Star of the East is on the seafront.


The local weekly newspapers are the Mablethorpe Leader and The Target.[9] Radio coverage for Lincolnshire is provided by BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincs FM. In October 2012, a group of volunteers worked together to create a local Community Radio Station, CoastalFM which aims to promote local events, organisations and news via online radio and podcasts.


Adult learningEdit

  • Mablethorpe Learning Centre[12]


A child examines a decorated beach hut on Mablethorpe's seafront

Mablethorpe hosts Britain's only beach hut festival, Bathing Beauties, in September each year. Owners of private beach huts compete in exterior design, amidst a backdrop of poetry, music, and drama.[13]

For over forty years, Mablethorpe has hosted motorbike sand racing each winter and spring. This has inspired the Lincolnshire Bike Week following on from the successful Mablethorpe Bike Nights and Sutton-on-Sea Bike Nights by the local visionary Coastal Events Community Interest Company.[14]

Every summer Mablethorpe hosts its illuminations event (know locally as the "Switch On"). Each year, a celebrity is invited to the town to "switch on" its illuminations. Celebrities that have attended the event in the past include Barbara Windsor, Timmy Mallett and Wolf and Hunter of Gladiators. In July 2011, Twist and Pulse of Britain's Got Talent led one of the most well-attended illumination events.[15]



  1. ^ OS Explorer map 283:Louth and Mablethorpe: (1:25 000):ISBN 978 0319238240
  2. ^ "Town Population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ Archi UK
  4. ^ BBC News. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ Mablethorpe info. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Grange Leisure Park". Archived from the original on 23 December 2007.
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - England - Dorset - Bendiest roads in the UK revealed".
  8. ^ East Lindsey District Council site. Retrieved 07 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Louth Leader".
  10. ^ Mablethorpe Community Primary School
  11. ^ "Mablethorpe Tennyson High School". Archived from the original on 15 December 2005.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "BBC NEWS - In Pictures - Picture Gallery: Mablethorpe huts".
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Mablethorpe Website". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.

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