History Of Mareham-Le-Fen

After The Norman Conquest
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With the exception of the church there is no truly ancient buildings in the village. The Royal Oak Inn, on Main Street, has the date 1473 on its front, but it is debatable whether this is the date of its erection.
The front of the building is of typical Lincolnshire " Mud and Stud " and is certainly old. Large wooden beams are incorporated in the building including one which extends through the chimney. The rear of the building is more recent.
Records for this period can be found at the Lincoln Archives including Assize Rolls for 1202 - 09 and various church records regarding the Rector and church lands.
In 1302 Edward I granted a Charter for a weekly Tuesday Market and a Fair at St. Denys' tide. From 1562 onwards there is a wealth of detail in the Baptism, Marriage and Burial records.
Wills and Inventories are available from the late 15th century. One problem in investigating Mareham-le-Fen in this period is the lack of a " ruling" family or estate. Had this been the case there would be extensive records. It is difficult to assess, for instance, the village's allegiance in the Civil War. It is known that William Pavey, Rector at the time and a known supporter of the king, was expelled from the living. However, by the time the Battle Winceby took place, 10 miles away, George Beck was Rector and went into battle with the Earl of Manchester on the Cromwell ian side. He too was eventually banished from England for associating with an armed insurrection against the crown. The Royalist outpost of Bolingbroke Castle is only 5 miles away and the Parliamentarian town of Boston 13 miles away

         By Pauline Napier