History Of Mareham-Le-Fen

Earliest Known History

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Early records show the name Mareham-le-Fen as Marun, Marrow, Marum or Maryn and later as Marin in the Fen varying from early Charters, Rolls, Episcopal Records and Doomsday.
Marin is the dative plural of Old English "mere " meaning an area of water.
At a fairly early date it is thought Marin was exchanged for Maram, the change to " ham " suggests a dwelling place by or near water.
As late as the mid-eighteenth century the name Marrin in the Fenn was still being used.
To the north of the village the land rises gently towards the Lincolnshire Wolds and there is some indication that stone age man lived on the rising ground.
Geological evidence suggests that Coney's Hill was once a cliff about 10 Metres above sea level, Ammonites and Dinosaur fossils have been found in neighbouring villages and fossilized shell fish within the present village bounds.
The village is mentioned in Doomsday which describes it as having 3 carucates of land (carucate, as much land as can be turned over by one plough in a season) 21 freemen, 11 smallholder's, 60 acres of meadow, 300 acres of woodland, a church and priest.
No trace of the early Saxon timber church has been found.
The oldest building in the village is undoubtedly the church of St. Helen.
The lower stages of the tower and the windows of the north aisle suggest the late 13th century.
The chancel and chancel arch of St Helen's church dates from the early 14th century but was heavily restored in 19th century
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