This village and parish is in the north of Lincolnshire just 3 miles north-west of the conubation of Scunthorpe and 7 miles east of Crowle. The River Trent forms the western border of the parish. The parish of Burton on Stather borders on the north and Gunness (Gunhouse) parish to the south. The parish includes about 2,650 acres of land and part of the hamlet of Crosby (SE 8711), now a suburb of Scunthorpe. Parts of the parish are subject to flooding under severe condiditions.
The village sits on a rise above the Trent, giving views over the surrounding countryside. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, from the M181 motorway which passes west of Scunthorpe, take the B1340 north until you see the left turn into Flixborough.
David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2006. This is a good place to stop and get a schedule of forth-coming events.
The Romans are thought to have had a settlement in the parish.
There are active archelogical sites around Flixborough. English Heritage funded a dig between 1989 and 1991 uncovering the remains of a wealthy Anglo-Saxon settlement. Research reveals that the excavated area was occupied from at least the early 7th century until the 14th century. Other studies have found that the ancient river beds, including the Trent, have changed considerably over time.
Flixborough has a more recent past. On the afternoon of June 1st, 1974, an explosion engulfed the Nypro Chemical Works at Flixborough sending the blast and debris across the river into Amcotts. The twenty eight fatalities were restricted to the plant itself, but there were also injuries in Amcotts and surrounding parishes as well as blast damage to property.
The name Flixborough is from a combination of Old Scandinavian and Old English Flik+burh, or "stronghold of a man named Flik". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is given as Flichesburg. ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]