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All Saints Church Fosdyke.JPG
All Saints, Fosdyke
Fosdyke is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population480 (2011)
OS grid referenceTF316331
• London90 mi (140 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBoston
Postcode districtPE20
Dialling code01205
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°52′46″N 0°02′43″W / 52.879495°N 0.04529°W / 52.879495; -0.04529Coordinates: 52°52′46″N 0°02′43″W / 52.879495°N 0.04529°W / 52.879495; -0.04529

Fosdyke is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 480.[2] It is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) south from Boston, just off the A17, and 2 miles (3.2 km) east from the junction of the A17 with the A16.


The name derives from the Old English and Old Norse "fotrs dic", meaning Fotr's (personal name) ditch.[3]

Fosdyke's Grade II listed Anglican church is dedicated to All Saints.[4] In 1871–72 the church was entirely rebuilt in brick[5] on the site of an older church, in an Early English style.[6] The architect was Edward Browning.

In 1885 Kelly's Directory reported the existence of a Primitive Methodist chapel, a coastguard station, and a 100-year-old almshouse, founded by Sir Thomas Middlecott for the Fosdyke and Algarkirk parishes.[6]


The village is near the mouth of the River Welland, and the parish extends across the river to include both ends of the hamlet of Fosdyke Bridge.

Fosdyke Wash, the marshy area at the mouth of the Welland, is shown by Ordnance Survey as the nearest coastal location to Coton in the Elms in Derbyshire, which is the furthest point from the sea in Great Britain, 70 miles (113 km) away.[7]

Fosdyke is one of eighteen civil parishes which, together with Boston, form the Borough of Boston local government arrangement, in place since a reorganisation of 1 April 1974 which resulted from the Local Government Act 1972. Fosdyke parish forms part of the Five Villages electoral ward, along with Algarkirk, Bicker, Sutterton and Wigtoft. Hitherto, the parish had formed part of Boston Rural District in the Parts of Holland. Holland was one of the three divisions (formally known as parts) of the traditional county of Lincolnshire. Since the 1888 Local Government Act Holland had been, in most respects, a county in itself.


Fosdyke Bridge carrying the A17 over the Welland

Fosdyke has a village hall. The nearest post office is in Sutterton. There is no public house. Fosdyke has a Social Club called Fosdyke Sports & Social Club. The playing field, used by Fosdyke Football Club, has an enclosed multisport area, used for five-a-side football, basketball and volleyball. Adjacent to the social club building is a children's adventure playground. Situated at the end of the playing field is a bowls club. Businesses include builders, handymen, and producers of fruit and vegetables. Next to Fosdyke Bridge is Fosdyke Yacht Haven, a pleasure boat marina and boatyard. The marina has dry land facilities for sailing craft.[8][9]


Population of Fosdyke Civil Parish
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961
Population[10] 173 166 272 215 400 420 477 433 436 449 509 626 508 483


  1. ^ "Homepage".
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Fosdyke". Institute for Name Studies. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 18 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1360494)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  5. ^ Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 128; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  6. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 395, 396
  7. ^ Haran, Brady; BBC report centre of England "The farm furthest from the sea", BBC News, 23 July 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2011
  8. ^ "Fosdyke", Retrieved 26 June 2013
  9. ^ "Skegness RNLI rescues three men from stricken boat", BBC News Lincolnshire, 12 December 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2013
  10. ^ "Fosdyke CP/Ch", A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 22 September 2011,

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