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Chapel St Leonards
Chapel St Leonards in 2006.jpg
The Pullover, Chapel St Leonards
Population 3,384 (2011)
OS grid reference TF5672
• London 115 mi (185 km) S
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKEGNESS
Postcode district PE24
Dialling code 01754
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Lincolnshire
53°13′23″N 0°20′11″E / 53.2230°N 0.3365°E / 53.2230; 0.3365Coordinates: 53°13′23″N 0°20′11″E / 53.2230°N 0.3365°E / 53.2230; 0.3365

Chapel St. Leonards is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 5 miles (8 km) north from the resort of Skegness and just north of Ingoldmells. It also lies right next to the North Sea.

The village is a location for caravan park holidays as well as campsites, and is next to several miles of beach, and close to Fantasy Island, market towns, and the Lincolnshire Wolds.

A landmark is Chapel Point, 1 mile (1.6 km) north from the centre of the village. It has a restored part of a major Second World War coastal defence line retaining the viewing platform. The adjacent North Sea Observatory, a futuristic, iconic visitors' centre using high quality materials and high-weatherproofing providing a comfortable facility for year-round use, was constructed between 2016–2018.

In recent years Chapel Point has become a location for birdwatchers, being visited by migrating birds such as the Mediterranean gull.

Governance

An electoral ward in the same exists. This ward stretches west to Hogsthorpe with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 4,684.

North Sea Observatory

North Sea Observatory Chapel Point south side
Car park with staircase and newly constructed disabled ramp adjacent to beach chalets leading down to car park level to the right

The UK's first purpose-built marine observatory, it was first conceived in 2005 with plans revealed to the public in July 2013. Planning permission was granted at the end of 2014 with the build between 2016 and 2018 funded mainly from Lincolnshire County Council and additionally from Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund.

It is the first stage of what is envisaged as part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park (LCCP) with an intention to later develop the coastal walk as a visitor attraction northwards to Sandilands. The site is owned by Chapel St Leonards Parish Council and is leased to the County Council.

Included into the futuristic design having main viewing windows orientated towards the sea, the observatory has multi-function spaces allocated for an exhibition gallery and education, together with a local base for Coastwatch and a year-round cafe.

Despite a televised press-launch and announcements of opening 22 June, the centre did not open to the public, with several local journals carrying the same information from a Lincolnshire County Council press release citing further delays due to building snagging works. The centre finally opened 30 July 2018.

Chapel and church

The name of the village derives from a chapel at Mumby dedicated to St Leonard; the village history is tied to that of Mumby, both at one time being part of the same ecclesiastical parish.

The village Anglican church, also dedicated to St Leonard, was rebuilt in 1572 after a flood, and again rebuilt in 1794 on a smaller scale. There was further rebuilding in 1866 and in 1901 when the church was lengthened and the red-tiled tower, unique in Lincolnshire, was added. In 1924 the chapel was again enlarged and lengthened, and a new east window and reredos added. The present church holds parish registers dating from 1665, although bishop's transcripts go back as far as 1568.

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