Friskney

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Coordinates: 53°04′39″N 0°10′46″E / 53.077422°N 0.179491°E / 53.077422; 0.179491

Friskney
All Saints' church - geograph.org.uk - 1396799.jpg
Church of All Saints, Friskney
Friskney is located in Lincolnshire
Friskney
Friskney
 Friskney shown within Lincolnshire
Population 1,563 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TF460555
    - London 105 mi (169 km)  S
Civil parish Friskney
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOSTON
Postcode district PE22
Dialling code 01754
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Friskney is a village and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[2] The 2011 Census recorded a population of 1,563.[1] in 652 households.

History[edit]

In 1885 Kelly's reported two Wesleyan chapels, one built in 1804.[3] The chapel built in 1839 is Grade II* listed.[4] It recorded that Friskney parish was a centre for brick making, and the catching of shrimps and cockles. In the early part of the 19th century, much of the land was wetlands or swamp, where wild fowl were caught by use of decoy ponds.[3] One of these ponds is now a listed ancient monument.[5] The swamp was drained in the early 19th century and the land converted for arable cultivation.[3]

Geography[edit]

Friskney is situated 11 miles (18 km) north-east from the town of Boston, and 8 miles (13 km) south-west from the coastal town of Skegness.[6] The nearest railway station is at Wainfleet All Saints, 3 miles (5 km) to the north-east. The nearest major roadway is the A52[6] which runs 1 mile (1.6 km) from the eastern side of the village. Friskney, with its surrounding farmland, is the largest village by area in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe.[citation needed]

Community[edit]

The Grade I[7] listed Anglican church is dedicated to All Saints. The original church was constructed in the late 12th century; it had elements added up to the 15th.[8] Restoration to the chancel was carried out in 1849. During an extensive restoration in 1879, Norman and Early English Gothic architectural fragments were discovered. The lower stage of the tower, with large lancet windows, is Early English, as is the second stage. The two upper stages are 15th-century, as is the font. In the north aisle is an incised stone slab to John de Lyndewode (rector, 1374) and a mutilated effigy of a 14th-century knight, likely damaged during the iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation.[9] The 1879 restoration discovered a series of faded wall paintings between the arches of the arcades.[8][9]

Abbey Hills,[10] the site of an old religious house connected with Bolington [Bullington] Priory[3] or Bardney Abbey, lies half a mile west from the church.

On the western side of the village on Dickon Hill Road is the Parrot Zoo and National Parrot Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was opened in 2003 on a one acre site and now covers an area of over twenty. With 100 different species it is the largest parrot rescue centre in the World.[11]

The village has a church hall, two public houses, The Anchor and The Barley Mow, and a village shop-cum-post office. There are sports clubs for archery, bowls and cricket, and a football team. The cricket club first XI completes in the South Lincolnshire and Border League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Census population and household counts for the parish of Friskney" (Neighbourhood Statistics webpage). Office for National Statistics Census (2011). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ OS Explorer map: Skegness, Alford & Spilsby: (1:25 000): ISBN 0319238229
  3. ^ a b c d Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 398, 399
  4. ^ English Heritage. "Methodist Chapel (1267369)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  5. ^ English Heritage. "Decoy Wood decoy pond (1019098)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b A to Z Road Atlas: Boston A-Z Street Atlas: Published by A to Z: Edition 1, 2008: Scale: 3.3 inches to 1 mile (5.3cm to 1km): ISBN 978 1 84348 590 2
  7. ^ "Church of All Saints, Friskney". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b English Heritage. "Church of All Saints (1223280)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire pp. 130-132; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  10. ^ English Heritage. "Abbey Hills moated site (1016044)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Parrot Zoo". 

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