Holbeach in 1839
Holbeach is in the wapentake of Elloe, in the parts of Holland, 109 miles from London, a few miles to the right of the road to Boston. The parish comprehends an area of 20,240 acres, with a population in 1831 of 3,890, chiefly agricultural. The town is indifferently built and is in a low marshy district. The church is a large and handsome building, consisting of a nave, chancel, aisles, and square tower surmounted with an ornamented octangular spire. The market is held on Thursday. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry of Lincoln, of the clear yearly value of £702. There were in 1833 an endowed day-school with 101 children ; a day-school, partly supported by subscription, with 40 children; nine other day-schools with 349 children ; and three Sunday-schools with 275 children.