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St Peter's Church, Frithville
Frithville is located in Lincolnshire
 Frithville shown within Lincolnshire
Population 549 (2001)
OS grid reference TF322502
   – London 100 mi (160 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Boston
Postcode district PE22
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Boston and Skegness
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Coordinates: 53°02′00″N 0°01′43″W / 53.033368°N 0.028576°W / 53.033368; -0.028576

Frithville is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. The population is 549. It is situated on the B1183 road, approximately 4 miles (6 km) north from Boston, and in the West Fen fenland area.


The name Frith comes from the Old English fyrhoe, meaning wood or woody pasture. The first mention of Frith in historic records is in 1323, when it was called Le Frith; in 1512 it was referred to as "The Kings Frith beside Boston".[1] Formerly extra-parochial land, Frithville was enclosed in 1802. It was organized as a parochial township in 1812.[2] This is a rural area with an economy based on agriculture. Chief crops in the late 19th century were wheat and beans.[3]

The Anglican church of Saint Peter was built in 1821, much later than many in Lincolnshire, and is a Grade II listed building.[4] It is located in the hamlet of Mount Pleasant, which was included in the township of Frithville when the latter was organized. It is one of several churches built in the area under the Fen Churches Act of 1816.[4] In 1885 Kelly's Directory reported that the brick-built church and the vicarage were erected simultaneously. The parish also had a Wesleyan chapel.[3]

Frithville has a primary school and an agricultural shop.

Because of flooding in the Fens, Frithville is crossed by several drains, constructed to reduce water damage to agriculture and settlements. These include the West Fen Drain, the Twenty Foot Drain, and the Medlam Drain. They are used for recreation by boaters in the summer.


  1. ^ James Brown Johnston (1916). "The Place-names of England & Wales". E. P. Dutton & Co. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Frithville". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 399
  4. ^ a b "Church of St Peter", National Heritage List for England, English Heritage. Retrieved 2 August 2011

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