Flaxborough is a fictitious town in Lincolnshire, created by author and local journalist Colin Watson as the background for a series of detective novels (The Flaxborough Chronicles) featuring Detective Inspector Walter Purbright and a cast of similar comic characters.
Flaxborough cannot be precisely identified with any real town from the texts. It was a Borough, with a borough police force and Chief Constable, a yacht club, and docks. It is often identified with Boston. But it also had a Cathedral, suggesting identification with Lincoln itself - although Lincoln, or rather Lincoln Jail, is explicitly mentioned too. The descriptions of the townscape, and in particular Lucilla Teatime's antiques business or charity offices, most closely resemble Louth.
- Watson, Colin (1962). Hopjoy was here.
- Watson, Colin (1960). Bump in the Night.
- Watson, Colin (1958). Coffin, Scarcely Used.
- Watson, Colin (1975). Naked Nuns.
- Watson, Colin (1968). Charity Ends at Home.
- Watson, colin (1982). Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby.
- Coward, Simon; Down, Richard; Perry, Christopher. The BBC Television Drama Research Guide 1936-2006. 3. Kaleidoscope.