Ancient Port and Market Town

Town of Wainfleet

Look out for Barkham Street which looks just like a terrace of London town houses. Magdalen College is now a museum and library

Wainfleet is self sufficient for shopping with a friendly Cooperative Supermarket, a butcher, a greengrocer, hairdressers, a newsagent, a petrol station (serving petrol over the pavement!!) and a fishing equipment and bait shop.
There’s lots of good ready-to-go food to eat as well.  Wainfleet boasts a Tea Shop, a Sandwich Shop, a Kebab shop, 2 excellent Fish and Chip Shops, a Chinese Take Away as well as three Public Houses and the Brewery offering good food.
If you’ve time on your hands then there are local gift and furnishing shops and a new well stocked craft shop.  Friday’s market on the square sells almost everything else!!  There is an auction on market day mornings there during the summer months. 

Since the bypass was built, the heavy traffic no longer passes through the town centre. This makes a very pleasant quiet atmosphere. There are good range of shops. There is a market and the W.I. have a market in the O.A.P. Hall (Rumbold Street) on Fridays.

Half Day closing is on Thursdays.



Wainfleet stands on the River Steeping.

In the thirteen hundreds, Wainfleet (Waynflete) was a prominent port in the UK. Wool and grain were important commodities exported from here. The town sent two ships with over 45 men to help Edward III invade Brittany in 1359. The flourishing medieval port and market town was granted its own charter in 1457.

The Magdalen College was built in 1484 by William of Waynflete to educate the local boys. Young men from Wainfleet were involved in the fight with the Spanish Armada.

In 1720 there were 77 households.

The port lost its value with the silting of the river and the rise of Boston as a trading port on the East Coast. One of the local inns .. the Jolly Sailor (sadly now closed) ... reminds of Wainfleet's sea going history.

Wainfleet - one of many market towns in Lincolnshire UK - great for holidays