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St James' Church, Freiston
Grid reference: TF374440
Location: 52°58’35"N, 0°2’44"E
Population: 1,306  (2011)
Post town: Boston
Postcode: PE22
Local Government
Council: Boston
Boston and Skegness

Freiston is a village and parish in the Holland part of Lincolnshire. The population of the civil parish (including Freiston Shore) at the 2011 census was 1,306.[1] It is situated approximately two miles east from Boston. The Greenwich Prime Zero meridian line passes between the village and Hobhole Drain.


In 1114 Freiston Priory of St James was founded by Alan de Creon for Benedictine monks – it became a monastic cell of Crowland Abbey in 1130. Nothing remains of the priory buildings that stood on the south side of the present church, except for a Norman doorway in the south aisle that opened into the cloisters.[2]


The settlements of Haltoft End, a mile north-north-west, and Scrane End (or Crane End), a mile south of Freiston, lie within the parish[3] On its eastern side, Freiston parish adjoins The Wash.

Freiston is the location of HMP North Sea Camp, a men's open prison.[4]

Freiston's Grade-I-listed Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Jame].[5] The church was originally cruciform with a central tower. The existing tower is of Perpendicular style, and the parts of the nave are Early English. The roof and chancel were restored in 1763, and the whole building in 1871.[3] An earlier rood screen was sold to the church at Fishtoft.[2][6]


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 129; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, pp. 397, 398
  4. "North Sea Camp (History)", Lincolnshire Parish Councils. Retrieved 23 December 2013
  5. National Heritage List 1308415: Church of St James, Church End Road (Grade I listing)
  6. "St James' Church", Lincolnshire Parish Councils. Retrieved 23 December 2013

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