Church of All Saints, Friskney
|Friskney shown within Lincolnshire|
|Population||1,563 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||105 mi (169 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
The place-name 'Friskney' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Frischenei. It is recorded as Freschena circa 1115, and as Freschenei circa 1150. The name is Viking, meaning 'fresh water island' (Old English Frescan ēa).
In 1885 Kelly's reported two Wesleyan chapels, one built in 1804. The chapel built in 1839 is Grade II* listed. 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. One of these ponds is now a listed ancient monument. The swamp was drained in the early 19th century and the land converted for arable cultivation.
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. The nearest railway station is at Wainfleet All Saints, 3 miles (5 km) to the north-east. The nearest major roadway is the A52 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.
The Grade I 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. 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. During the 1879 restoration, a series of faded wall paintings were revealed between the arches of the arcades.
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.
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 competes in the South Lincolnshire and Border League.
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- OS Explorer map: Skegness, Alford & Spilsby: (1:25 000): ISBN 0319238229
- Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.188.
- Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 398, 399
- Historic England. "Methodist Chapel (1267369)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- Historic England. "Decoy Wood decoy pond (1019098)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
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- Historic England. "Abbey Hills moated site (1016044)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- "Lincolnshire parrot sanctuary to get £500,000 expansion". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2015.