Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for FRIESTON

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.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a hamlet and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Boston PLU/RegD       Lincolnshire AncC
Place: Freiston

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