PE12 (Holbeach) area guide

PE12
Holbeach
The PE12 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Cambridgeshire, Claylake, Cowbit, Crowland, Dawsmere, Five Village, Fleet, Fleet Hargate, Fosdyke Bridge, Gedney, Gedney Drove End, Gedney Dyke, Gedney Fen, Gedney Hill, Holbeach, Holbeach Bank, Holbeach Clough, Holbeach Drove, Holbeach Fen, Holbeach Hurn, Holbeach St Johns, Holbeach St John's, Holbeach St Marks, Holbeach St Matthews, Holbeach Town, Lincolnshire, Little Sutton, Long Sutton, Low Fulney, Lutton, Lutton Garnsgate, Lutton Marsh, Moulton, Moulton Chapel, Moulton Eaugate, Moulton Marsh, Moulton Seas End, Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary, Pinchbeck, Saracens Head, Shepeau Stow, Spalding, Spalding Marsh, Spalding St Mary's, Spalding St Paul's, Sutton Bridge, Sutton St Edmund, Sutton St James, The Saints, Throckenholt, Weston, Weston and Moulton, Weston Hills, Whaplode, Whaplode Drove, Whaplode St Catherine, Whaplode St Catherines, Wingland, Wragg Marsh, Wykeham.
Holbeach is a town located in the East Midlands region of Lincolnshire. Holbeach is a fenland market town with roots dating back to the Roman times. Roman pottery has been found in the area of modern day Holbeach. In 1252 the town was awarded a market charter, establishing Holbeach as a leader in the Fenlands region. The construction of the All Saints Church solidified Holbeach’s position and status in the region.

During the 16th and 17th centuries the town continued to develop its farming based economy despite the frequent flooding. In the 17th century, wheat, oats and barley were the main crops of the town and saw success in trading. Then, in the 19th century, the land surrounding Holbeach was drained, creating fertile agricultural land around the area. Although this draining left the town with much fertile land, the 19th century saw an agricultural depression, so the town had to shift its farming and farm to survive. This created specialised products that were then shipped around the county using the railway.

The Holbeach railway link helped secure the town’s link to the rest of the country and the shipping of its goods. However, the rail link closed down in 1965 due to unprofitability.

Holbeach provides an array of architectural delights, from the traditional buildings like the All Saints Church to the Victorian buildings on Albert Street and the more modern structures from recent times.
Today, around 36,000 people reside in PE12. Holbeach has a rather high median age of forty-five, while the national average is about thirty-nine. PE12 also has a higher percentage of retirees than both the national and PE average. Average house prices are lower in PE12 in every category than both PE as a whole and nationally. Crime is very low in Holbeach, making it a rather safe place to live.

Perhaps the most residential street in PE12 is Broadgate. The average house price on this street is £190,000. Most of the houses on this road are detached. This street is desirable for families as it is conveniently located to local schools.

One of the most expensive streets in PE12 is Mole Drove. Most of the families living around here tend to live in large houses, as the majority of properties are detached. For children, this street is very convenient as there is a school located just down the street on North Road. The average price for a property on this street is about £350,000.

Royal Close is one of the least expensive streets in PE12. Most of the homes here cost around £80,000 and are mainly three bedroomed, semi-detached properties. Residents tend to be older and less affluent than the rest of the country.
Although the railway system of Holbeach closed in 1965, the city is still well connected through roads. The town is accessible via the A151 and A17.

Many of Holbeach’s local pubs are located on Fleet Street, High Street or Church Street. The Black Bull on Fleet Street is popular with the locals, as are the Horse & Groom, the Mansion House and the Chequers Hotel, all located on High Street.

Holbeach offers a wide range of entertainment and leisure options. PE12 is home to the Baytree Nurseries and Garden Centre on High Road. This garden centre hosts special events with its beautiful gardens and plants. PE12 is also home to the Butterfly & Wildlife Park located on Little London. The park is home to one of the largest tropical gardens in the UK and is the perfect destination for families or wildlife lovers of any age.

Holbeach contains its own library, the Holbeach Library on Church Street. The library provides many great services to the city.