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.
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:
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.
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.