Gosberton

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Gosberton
St Peter and St Paul Church, Gosberton.jpg
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Gosberton
Gosberton is located in Lincolnshire
Gosberton
Gosberton
 Gosberton shown within Lincolnshire
Population 2,500 
OS grid reference TF241313
   – London 95 mi (153 km)  S
District South Holland
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SPALDING
Postcode district PE11
Dialling code 01775
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Holland and The Deepings
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

Coordinates: 52°51′N 0°09′W / 52.85°N 0.15°W / 52.85; -0.15

Gosberton is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 9 miles (14.5 km) south-west from Boston, 6 miles (10 km) north from Spalding and 8.5 miles (14 km) north-west from Holbeach. The parish includes the hamlets of Gosberton Clough and Gosberton Risegate. The population of Gosberton is approximately 2500.[citation needed]

The village was skirted by the A16 road but has been bypassed and sits on the crossroads of the B1397 (Dowsby to Boston road) and the A152 (Donington to Surfleet road). The Peterborough to Lincoln railway line crosses the B1397, at a level crossing in Risegate, and passes through the hamlet of Westhorpe further north. On this line, when known as the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway, was a railway station.[citation needed]

The parish church of Gosberton is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, and is under the Diocese of Lincoln. Gosberton Clough's wooden church is dedicated to St Gilbert and St Hugh. These two churches and that at Quadring are in the same Group, based in Gosberton.[citation needed]

The Baptist Church in Gosberton was founded in 1666, a time when non-conformist Christians had no protection from the law and, like John Bunyan, could be imprisoned for their faith. Worship takes place in the original 17th-century meeting house.

The main village occupation is farming, although many commute to surrounding areas and the towns of Spalding and Boston.[citation needed]

Gosberton House School is for children with learning difficulties.

Public houses within the parish are the Black Horse Inn and Five Bells Inn in Risegate, and the Duke of York, Bell Inn, Crown Inn and Five Bells in Gosberton.

Just to the east of the village is a nature reserve administered by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.[citation needed]

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