wainfleet market town near Skegness in Lincolnshire uk
Even before the development of the port, Wainfleet (or Waynfleet, to
use its old name) was a significant settlement.
Some contemporary leaflets and books have suggested that its title derive
from Vainonica - in reference to its Roman origins. However, it is perhaps
more likely that the name is a contraction, of two Anglo Saxon words 'waegn'
and 'flete' - denoting where wagons cross the fleet or river.
But the site of medieval Wainfleet lies two miles west of the existing
town. It is now literally a 'ghost' village. All that remains are the
mounds that are doubtless throwbacks to the activities of a primitive
agricultural community now long gone.