Freiston  Lincolnshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Freiston like this:

FRIESTON, a hamlet and a parish in Boston district, Lincoln. The hamlet lies on the coast, 3¼ miles E of Boston town and r. station; and has a post office under Boston. The parish includes also the hamlets of Frieston-Shore and Crane-End, and a fen allotment. Acres, 7, 410; of which 3, 430 are water. ...

Real property, £12, 998. Pop., 1, 239. Houses, 243. Pop. of the fen allotment, 180. Houses, 32. The property is much subdivided. Frieston-Shore lies 2½ miles S of Frieston hamlet; is a watering-place; and was designed, by a resolution of the shareholders of the Boston, Sleaford, and Midland Counties railway, in August 1862, to be put into communication, by a branch railway, with the port and railway station of Boston. The water there has a depth of 29 feet at ebb tide; and vessels trading to Boston could lie there at all times for loading and discharging. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Butterwick, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £380. Patron, L. Hitchon, Esq. The church belonged to a Benedictine cell of Crowland, founded here in 1114; was originally cruciform, but has lost its choir and transepts; is early perpendicular English in the clerestory of its nave; has a western tower, with stepped battlements; has also a Tudor tower, of brick, with groined crypts and octagonal turret, called the Kime or Richmond tower, after an ancient family who resided in the parish; contains an octagonal font, with rich carved cover, and a chancel-screen; and was recently in disrepair. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1867. A school has £9 from endowment: and other charities have £121.

Freiston through time

Freiston is now part of Boston district. Click here for graphs and data of how Boston has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Freiston itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Freiston, in Boston and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st June 2024

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