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Fleet Archive compiled by Joan Wollard

Joan WollardJoan has lived in Fleet for a number of years and has contributed to the community including researching Fleet’s history.

Wikipedia summaries it history as follows: In 1086, Fleet was listed as Fleot (Old English: the stream, estuary or creek), in the wapentake of Elloe in the Parts of Holland of Lincolnshire. Fleet Grade I listed Anglican church, dating from the late 12th century, is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. The 120 feet (37 m) church tower with spire is detached from the nave by 15 feet (4.6 m). The fabric is mainly Decorated in style, with Early English arcades and a Perpendicular west window. According to Cox (1916), the church was restored in 1860, when the chancel was rebuilt, although the canopied sedilia was retained. In 1964 Pevsner noted 1798 repairs and considered the church “over-restored”. He dated a chancel rebuild to 1843, questioned if it was “done correctly”, and recorded Victorian tracery in the aisle windows, a blocked doorway to a previous chapel in the chancel, “fine busts of great variety”, a Decorated-style sedilia and piscina with ogee arches and crocketed gables, a reredos dated 1790, and a defaced 14th-century effigy. Pevsner also recorded an 1854 red-brick rectory designed by Benjamin Ferrey, and a motte south-west of the village where 11th- and 12th-century pottery has been found. The English Heritage record for the now ploughed-down motte site details finds from the Iron Age to the 18th century.


Description of Fleet

Document transcripts fleethistory

Fleet Parish Council Minutes 1924 to 1953 Click the link to view fleetpc

Appendix 1 NMR by kind permission of

App 2 Castle Acre cartulary by kind permission of British Library with transcipt

App 3 Jekyl article

App 4 1603 Sewers survey by permission of LRS

Terrier for 1731  App 5 1731 Fleet Terrier

Appendix 6 Auctions

Fleet Parish Church guide St Mary Magdalene. Click here for Part 1 & Part 2

Further Resources:

Resources on this website click here

Genuki resources Fleet click here


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