The Wesleyan Methodists had two chapels in the parish in the 19th century. The one in the Fen was built in 1836. The Eaudyke one was built in 1839. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Friskney is both a village and a parish that lie on the sea coast 120 miles north of London, on the A52 trunk road north out of Boston, about 14 miles distant. Wainfleet St. Mary parish forms the northern border and the North Sea the eastern boundary. The parish is low-lying salt marsh, about 7,000 acres of reclaimed tidal flats and a part of the area known as "The Fens". Friskney Flats is a large sand bank off shore. Key's Toft and part of Wainfleet Bank are in the parish.
Some important points about the village of Friskney:
On 17 Nov 1942 a Lancaster bomber crash-landed on the flat coast near the village. The crew survived.
Jennie provides this story from her mother (Jun 2005):
My Mum was born and lived in Friskney until she married my Dad and moved away from Lincolnshire. On a visit a few weeks ago to one of her brothers who still lives there, his wife was telling us about the special service which had recently been held in the village in memory of 3 people who died when a plane crashed into their house one night during the war. Mum said "Oh, yes, I remember that." Apparently, Mum had seen it happen. She was cycling home from a dance in the village hall and saw the plane fly over and narrowly miss her own home. It went on over the fields but made a direct hit on a house in the village killing a husband and wife and their young daughter. Mum was so upset by what had happened, that she lost her balance and fell off her bike into the dyke, knocking herself unconscious for a couple of minutes! My Mum used to work for the Post office delivering telegrams during the war.
The name Friskney is from the Old English fresc+an+ea, or "river with fresh water". The name is Frischenei in the 1086 Domesday book. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]