Caution: "Freiston" is a village and a parish on the shore near Boston. The village is also known as "Freiston Shore", although that name, technically, applies only to a part of the village close to the ocean. There is another hamlet called "Frieston" (note the spelling) or "Friston" in Caythorpe parish just south of Caythorpe village. Please make sure that you are searching in the correct place. All these spellings are provided by the Lincolnshire Family History Society.


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Boston will prove useful in your research.



  • 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:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 607
1851 H.O. 107 / 2098
1861 R.G. 9 / 2333, 2334 and 2375
1871 R.G. 10 / 3337 - 3338
1881 R.G. 11 / 3215
1891 R.G. 12 / 2571

Church History

  • A Benedictine Priory was founded here in 1114 on land donated to Crowland Abbey by Guy de CRUON or CREDON. In 1687, the Priory building and lands were granted to the DRYDEN family.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. James.
  • The church is of Norman origin.
  • The organ was installed in 1869.
  • The church was restored in 1871.
  • The church seats 577.
  • The church is called a "ship of the Fens" and contains several Norman carvings of interest.
  • Here are two photos of St. James church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1681.
  • The Anglican parish register exists on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The films cover baptisms and burials up to the 1890's, but marriages only up to 1837.
  • The Anglican parish register is on deposit at the Lincoln Archives for the period of 1657 to 1985.
  • We have the beginning of a parish register extract in a pop-up text file for your use. Your additions and corrections will be welcome.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland East Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1838. It was replaced by a newer, larger chapel in 1866.
  • The United Methodists had a chapel built here in 1887 at Scrane End.
  • For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • 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.

Correctional Institutions

Down near the Sea Bank lies HM Prison North Sea Camp which opened in 1935. It is not a county facility. Ian PATERSON has a photograph of the Entry Road on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.


Description & Travel

Freiston, or Frieston, is both a village and a parish in Lincolnshire, 3 miles east of Boston. The parish covers about 5,200 acres of low, well-drained Fenland.

White's 1872 Directory describes "a pleasant straggling village, bearing the names of Church end and Halltoft-end." Haltoft End  is a village just to the north of Freiston village. The parish also includes the hamlets of Freiston Shore and Crane-end  (or "Scrane End"). If you are planning a visit:

  • The village itself is 3 miles due east of Boston and can be reached by local roads or south off the A52 just west of Boston.
  • Watch for The SIGN! taken by John LUCAS and placed on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.
  • See our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Freiston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1842 the parish had nine fishing boats employed in catching herring, shrimp, sprats, sole and oysters.
  • The parish had a Coast Guard station at Freiston Shore's manned by only two people in 1913.
  • The Castle Inn at Halltoft End  was a good place for conversation. The Inn is still in business and can be checked out at Bateman's Pubs. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Wm. Anthony SWIFT
1856 Wm. Anthony SWIFT
1868 William Anthony SWIFT, butcher & farmer
1872 William Anthony SWIFT, butcher
1882 Samuel STRAWSON, horse dealer & vict.
1900 Sam. STRAWSON
1913 Eldred JARY
1930 Geo. Hy. BRADY
  • The Flying Horse Public House doesn't appear to have lasted much past 1900. 1900 was the only directory I found it in. Mrs. Elizh. BEEBY was the proprietress in that year.
  • The parish's Marine Hotel near the shore was available for people on holiday. It had originally been "The Anchor". There is a 1920s photograph of the hotel at the Parish Council site. The Hotel is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage. These are the names associated with the hotel in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Wm. HACKNEY
1856 Wm. HARE
1868 William BROWN
1872 Joseph SEWELL, farmer & vict.
1882 Mrs. Jane SEWELL, farmer & vict.
1900 John Thomas ROWBOTHAM
1913 Mrs. Matilda RICHARDSON
1930 Mrs. Matilda RICHARDSON
  • The village had the Plummer's Hotel on Frieston Shore as lodging for travellers. It started out as "The Coach House" and was renamed by Thomas PLUMMER around 1856, These are the names associated with the hotel in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Thos. PLUMMER
1856 Thos. PLUMMER
1868 John George GOOSE
1872 Mrs. Elizabeth GOOSE, farmer & vict.
1882 Mrs. Eliz. HATTER, vict.
1900 Daniel B. WALDERGRAVE
1913 Thomas Charles HARRISON
1930 Anthony Abbott BELLAMY
  • The village still has the Bull & Dog Public House for catching up on local news. This pub was up for sale in May of 2012. Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Bull & Dog on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Christhpr. TOLLIDAY
1856 Richard FROW
1868 George HOYLES
1872 John LEGGOTT, vict.
1882 Mrs. Helen WELBERRY, vict.
1900 Mrs. Helen WELBERRY
1913 Joseph ALMONDS
1930 Mr. Elizabeth WARRENER
  • The King's Head Public House in Church End also catered to those moving on the roads near Boston. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Wm. HURST
1856 Abraham Booth CLARK
1872 William HICKMAN, vict.
1882 John LEGGOTT, vict.
1900 Jn. LEGGOTT, farmer
1913 Mrs. Matilda LEGGOTT
1930 Fredk. BOSNELL


  • Rooshall was the manor of Henry ROGERS in 1871.
  • Three smaller manors were Coupledyke Hall, Poynton Hall, and Peachy Hall. Peachy Hall  had been torn down by 1871 and the land for it belonged to a Colonel LINTON.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF377438 (Lat/Lon: 52.973873, 0.049217), Freiston which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Royal Navy opened an airstation here on or before 1916.
  • RNAS Freiston was an armament training school until April 1918, when they started to teach the art of dog-fighting.
  • The field was closed in 1920.
  • Chris has a photograph of the WW1 Freiston airfield on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2017. The field is near Scrane End.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial plynth in the churchyard at Geo-graph, taken by Jim DUGDALE, taken in August, 2005.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Freiston Bridge pillbox from WWII on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of the Churchyard pillbox from WWII on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.

Military Records

Three Canadian airmen are buried in the parish churchyard. All perished in accidents while flying Sopwith Camels:

  • Edward Lambert BACH, age 21, from Toronto.
  • John William DOWLING, age 21, from Vancouver.
  • John Freele MEEK, from Ontario.

We have the inscription from the War Memorial in a pop-up text file. The names were supplied by John EMERSON in 2002.


Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "Freess-ton". [Thank you: Simon Meeds, 2002]

Politics & 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, this parish was reduced in size to enlarge West Fen Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Freiston Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT tasked with assisting you with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • The parish's "Town Estate" purchased 7 acres in 1679. The rental revenue was distributed to the poor in the form of coal.
  • Barney Field was allocated to the poor also, either in terms of rental income or direct allocation of plots for cultivation. The following individuals contributed toward the land: Benjamin MORFOOT, John ANTON, James MANN, Simon GUY, William SWIFT and others. Read the Will of Benjamin MORFOOT from 1727.
  • The parish also had 15 cottages on land near the church left by Thomas TRUESDALE in 1694. These were given rent-free to poor families.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1762.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 734
1821 816
1841 1,136
1851 1,080
1871 1,134
1881 1,105
1891 973
1911 1,024

Probate Records

Kitty PARKER provides a transcript of the will of MORFOOT, Benjamin of Freiston.



  • A National School was built by subscription here around 1791 (then called a "Free School"), and was rebuilt in 1848. John HOLDEN donated just over two acres of land for it in 1723, and Benjamin MORFOOT donated a yearly rent charge in 1727.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.