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Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland
Holland shown within England
Status Administrative county
1901 area 268,992 acres (1089 km²)
1961 area 267,847 acres (1083 km²)
HQ County Hall, Boston
Created 1889
Abolished 1974
Succeeded by Lincolnshire
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1901 population 77,610
1971 population 105,685
Arms of Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland County Council

The Parts of Holland is a historical subdivision used in south-east Lincolnshire, England from 1889 to 1974. The name is still recognised locally and survives in the district of South Holland.


The extent of Holland County Council (the pre-1974 county) was the same as that of the combined modern local government districts of Boston and South Holland.

Holland was all close to sea level, achieving a maximum altitude of about five metres (16 feet) on artificially raised river banks (levees). It therefore needed carefully managed drainage to maintain the very productive arable farmland which covered almost its entire extent. Consequently, a significant part of its drainage for arable use had to await the introduction of steam pumping. Before the mid nineteenth century, it was a much more pastoral area, used for fattening stock brought in from Scotland and northern England before it was driven to market in places like London. Many of the country roads are still called droves.

Towns in Holland

The motto shown on the coat of arms, Labor Ipse Memores, is incorrect and should read Labor Ipse Merces (work is its own reward). Examples may be seen in the window of the old hall (library) at Boston Grammar School, and on the wall of the dining room at Lincoln Hall, University of Nottingham.

There is a resemblance in landscape between the Parts of Holland and Holland, the region in the Netherlands, although their meanings are different. Holland in England means "land of the hill spurs", although hill spurs are hardly obvious, while the Dutch Holland is derived from the Middle Dutch term holtland ("wooded land"). Both Hollands have landscapes that are low lying and both are known for tulip growing.

Coordinates: 52°50′00″N 0°02′00″W / 52.8333°N 0.0333°W / 52.8333; -0.0333

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