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Fishtoft

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was part of the Benington sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 607
1851 H.O. 107 / 2098
1861 R.G. 9 / 2333
1871 R.G. 10 / 3337 & 3339
1881 R.G. 11 / 3215

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Fishtoft area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Guthlac.
  • The church is of Norman origin, circa 1214.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Rectors' List on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.
  • There is a photograph of St. Guthlac's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Guthlac's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Guthlac's Church

Church Records

  • There was a Chapel of Ease at Fishtoft Drove. All records should be with the parish church.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland East Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyans had a small chapel here. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Benington sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Fishtoft is both a village and parish on the east coast of Lincolnshire. The parish has a long, north-south orientation that extends from near Boston to The Wash at "The Scalp" at the end of The Haven River. The parish of Freiston lies to the east, Skirbeck to the west and Wyberton to the south. The parish covers about 4,600 acres and includes Cowbridge Drain.

Fishtoft village lies east-southeast of Boston. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A52 north and east out of Boston. Just before Haltoft End, take the secondary road south to Fishtoft.
  • Birdwatching is popular in the Fens area. Check on information regarding Frampton Marsh.
  • See our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Fishtoft which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Fishtoft has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

History

  • From: Palmer-Brown, C. & Johnson, S. 1997. Archaeological excavation and watching brief report, Whitehouse Lane, Fishtoft, Lincolnshire: "Fishtoft produced the remains of possible turf-built rectangular buildings and associated ditches. These structures appear to have had a very short life from around the late 9th to middle 10th centuries and would seem to have burnt down".
  • A Coast Guard station was built at Hobhole Bridge. The officer in charge in 1900 was William MARSHALL.
  • The Parish Hall was built in 1922.
  • The cell where the Pilgrims were imprisoned in 1607 can be seen at the Guildhall Museum. Close by at Scotia Creek is a memorial stone marking the place where the Pilgrims made their first failed attempt to reach Holland.
  • This note on Edmund QUINCY: Went over to America with John Cotton in 1633, he is traditionally said to have resided at Fishtoft. He lived a very little time in America, dying in 1636, at the early age of thirty-three. He left a son, Lieutenant-Colonel Edmund QUINCY, who died in 1698; and from him descended, in the male line, Josiah QUINCY, junior, who was very prominent during the revolutionary period; and, in the female line, John ADAMS, and John Quincy ADAMS, the second and sixth Presidents of the United States, and the late Chief Justice CRANCH, of the District of Columbia.

John EMERSON, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the Pilgrim memorial at Fishtoft:

Pilgrimmemorial

Pilgrim plaque

Pilgrim sign

Manors

  • Fisthoft Manor House was the residence of George MOWBRAY, a farmer, in 1913.
  • Fisthoft Manor House had a well-known resident in the mid-1800s. William T. SIMONDS was an Alderman of Boston, and later Mayor:
Mr Alderman William Turner SIMONDS, J.P., Fishtoft Manor, Boston, son of the late Mr John Cabourn SIMONDS, was born at Fishtoft Manor in 1847, and educated at Boston and Cheltenham College; was first connected with engineering, but is now a merchant. Fourth time Mayor; has been a member of the Corporation since about 1877, and is at the present time an Alderman and a Justice of the Peace for the borough; a Charity Trustee for Boston Grammar School; a Witham Commissioner and a Black Sluice Commissioner; has been connected with all improvement works during the last thirty years; was elected Mayor in 1896, 1897, 1900 and 1901, the present being his fourth term of office. Mr SIMONDS has been married twice but is now a widower; he has one daughter (married) and one son.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF360420 (Lat/Lon: 52.958112, 0.023195), Fishtoft which are provided by:

Medical Records

  • There is a hospital in Fishtoft, but access to historical medical records is unknown: Beech House, Toot Lane, Fishtoft, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 0AX.

Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of a WW2 Pill box on the eastern edge of the parish on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of the Fishtoft War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2007.

From the Fishtoft War Memorial by John EMERSON:

To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of those who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-1918

Pte W. E. AVISON Wounded and disabled:
Gunner J. ALEXANDER Cpl W. T. MILLS
Pte F. BORMAN Pte C .H. ALLEN
Pte W. COOLING Pte A. E. BOSNELL
Pte R. DRURY Pte F. DRURY
Pte J. GILBERT Pte J. HUNT
Driver J. H. JOHNSON Pte J. C. HORNBUCKLE
Pte J. J. SHIELDS  
Pte J. TAYLOR  
Pte E. TEESDALE  
Gunner E. A. WAINER  

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends

In honour of those who also served

Sapper S. HOYES Pte F. INGAMELLS 2nd Lieut A. R. MILLS
Pioneer J. HORRY Ldc Sea H. JOHNSON Pte A. MINNS
Pte R. HARDY Trooper C. H. JOHNSON Driver A. E. MINNS
Pte H. HARRIS Pte A. JOHNSON Pte S. METCALF
Pte W. P. HICKS Gunner J. D. H. KIRK Lto C. F. PARKER
Pte C. H. HICKS Pte L. LEE Pte G. T. PICK
Pte C. HILTON Pte J. T. LEADBEATER Pte G. TAYLOR
  Ldc Sea A. LEWIS  

In honour of those who also served

L/cpl W. R. ROYLE Driver F. SHARPE Sapper R. VINES
Pte G. S. RUSH Pte S. SMALLEY Pte F. VINES
Pte F. S. ROBSON Pte H. SOUTHON Cpl J. H. WARMSLEY
Pte F. SMALLEY Pte A. SOUTHON Pte T. F. WARMSLEY
Pte E. STOPPER Bom J. H. TOYNTON Stoker W. WOODCOCK
Driver C. H. SMALLEY Pte J. TEESDALE Rev J. H. B. HAMMOND M.A.C.F.
Pte C. SIMPSON Driver J. R. ULYATT Pte S. SIMPSON -
Driver H. SMALLER Gunner C. L. ULYATT  

In honour of those who also served

L/cpl W. B. ARLISS Signaller J.C. BEE Pte Herbert ELDING
Sapper C. W. ALLEN Pte T. CRAVEN Pte Henry ELDING
Sapper P. H. ALLEN Driver C. CLARK Driver W. EBBUTT
Pte T. W. ARLISS Driver C. H. CLARK Driver C. R. HOLMES
Sapper C. W. BORMAN Pte C. COOLING Pte W. HOLMES
Gunner C. BENTON Pte J. C. H. DENCH Pte R. C. MOYES
Pte J. BUCKNALL Pte L. ELLERBY Pte G. B. HOLMES
Pte F. BEE    

Also to those who made the supreme sacrifice in the second World War 1939-1945

Miss R. WOODS Sgt obs G. RYSDALE Tpr R. A. WILLAIMSON
Pte P. GILDING Pte T. C. HILTON Gnr K. GILES
  L/cpl C. DODSON  

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Skirbeck Wapentake in the parts of Holland.
  • In December, 1880, a detached portion of Boston, containing a population of 193, was added to Fishtoft parish. On that same date, portions of the Fishtoft Fen Allotment, containing 183 inhabitants, were added to Langrick and Frithville parishes.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • In 1617, Richard SMYTH left three acres for the benefit of the poor.
  • In 1629, Thomas JOHNSON left 3s and 4d per year from the Red Cow Inn for the benefit of the poor.
  • The common lands were enclosed here in 1724.
  • Four cottages were rebuilt in 1828 and were set aside as rent free for poor parishioners. Three additional cottages were given by Richard HILL in 1662.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 267
1811 293
1831 463
1841 562
1871 683
1881 916
1891 725
1911 669
1991 5,198

Schools

  • The Fishtoft Endowed School was rebuilt in 1877.
  • The Fishtoft School address is: Gaysfield Road, Fishtoft, Boston, PE21 0SF. Tele: 01205 363139. Currently has about 82 students enrolled.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.