Quick facts for kidsBurgh-le-Marsh
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Burgh-le-Marsh
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|• London||110 mi (180 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
The town is built on a low hill surrounded by former marsh land, and the marsh influenced the town's name, Burgh Le Marsh. Both the village windmill and church are visible from far distances. The A158 used to run through from west to east but this was rerouted when a new bypass opened in late 2007, having started in September 2006, and has reduced traffic congestion dramatically. A Roman road passes through the town on the way to Skegness, and comes from the north-west via Tetford and Ulceby. The town is on the site of a former Roman fort.
Saxon burial mound
Near the parish church is a large mound, where Saxon burial remains were found during the 1930s. There is a dip in the top of the mound, it is suggested that it was used for cockfighting, and to this day it is known as Cock Hill.
There is a traditional butcher, baker and convenience shops. There is also a fishmonger, a post office, a Chinese takeaway, a fish and chip shop, a library, a supermarket, an estate agent and a florist.
Local public houses include the Fleece Inn on the Market Square, the Red Lion in Storey's Lane, and the Bell Hotel, White Hart Hotel, and Ye Olde Burgh Inn on the High Street.
The town has two tower mills, the untarred Hanson's Mill of 1855 (originally four-sailed), now a residence, and the tarred Dobson's Mill, which is now a museum. Built in 1813 by Sam Oxley (who also built Alford Windmill a sister mill in the nearby town of Alford, Lincolnshire) it is unusual in being the only left-handed tower mill having five sails. "Left-handed sails" mean they rotate clockwise when viewed from the front - a very rare type of windmill.
Burgh le Marsh is twinned with the town of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire in France. This twinning began in 1988 and has celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The celebrations took place on the weekend of 18 May 2013. The Chairman of the Burgh le Marsh Twinning Association is Neil Cooper and for the Beaumont sur Sarthe Twinning Association is Claude Menard.
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