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Freiston Ings, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston Ings, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston Ings, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyans opened this chapel in 1865 and it continued as a place of worship until October 1962.

The building was sold in 1965 and for many years it served as a store shed for Huskisson’s (Transport) Ltd

It is located at NGR TF 367 476

Barry Barton, 1977

Freiston, Ings Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston Shore
Freiston Shore
Freiston Shore

Freiston Shore, north of Boston, was developed as a sea bathing resort in the late 18th & early 19th centuries.

Later coastal accretion caused a salt marsh to develop bringing the end of the hotel trade.

Freiston Shore contains the remains of fortifications constructed during the Second World War and a former light railway.

Postcard, 1906

Freiston, sea bathing, Freiston Shore
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement

Rear defensive wall behind the gun emplacement to protect from blast.

Loopholes were provided in case of attack from inland by paratroopers. 

Steps lead down to munition stores etc. 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement, blast wall
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement

"The battery was operational by mid-June 1940, the two 6in. Mk.VII guns being manned by the 321st Coast Battery RA.

The gun emplacements were disguised as bungalows, and air photographs taken in 1953 show that the camouflage pitched roofs were still in place at that date"

http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/catalogue//adsdata/arch-455-1/dissemination/pdf/Text_Reports/DA35_TEXT_-_FREISTON_SHORE.pdf 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement

View out from southernmost of the two gun emplacements.

Gun was sited directly on the coast in 1940 but land reclamation means that it is now about half a mile inland.

Mounting ring for 6 inch Mk.VII ex naval gun clearly visible. 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Gun Emplacement
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Pill Box
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Pill Box
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Pill Box

"Between the gun emplacements of the coastal battery is a rectangular three-bayed 'Lincolnshire-type' pillbox ... with the antiaircraft gun mount still present in its central open chamber"

http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/catalogue//adsdata/arch-455-1/dissemination/pdf/Text_Reports/DA35_TEXT_-_FREISTON_SHORE.pdf  

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, pill box
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House

Two searchlight houses were provided one at either and of the battery.

If the naval target could be illuminated simultaneously by both searchlights then its range could be determined very accurately by triangulation. 

This is the northern searchlight house which has been converted for domestic purposes.

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House

Two searchlight houses were provided one at either and of the battery.

If the naval target could be illuminated simultaneously by both searchlights then its range could be determined very accurately by triangulation. 

This is the southernmost searchlight house. 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Searchlight House
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Viewed From Inland
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Viewed From Inland
Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery, Viewed From Inland

The two gun emplacements are visible with their associated rear blast walls.

Other buildings include munition stores, generator house and accommodation for the on duty gun crews. 

Searchlight houses off to either side. 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Emergency Coast Defence Battery
Freiston Shore, Marine Hotel
Freiston Shore, Marine Hotel
Freiston Shore, Marine Hotel

"Former hotel, now derelict. Late C18, altered C20"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1308398 

"The process of coastal accretion caused a salt marsh to develop, leaving hotels without customers.

Since the mid-20th century, more marsh has been enclosed behind sea banks for use as arable land"

"Land reclamation led to the village becoming inland by about half a mile"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiston_Shore 

The Marine Hotel was built specifically for the seaside trade and it was forced to close.

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, marine hotel
Freiston Shore, Plummers Hotel
Freiston Shore, Plummers Hotel
Freiston Shore, Plummers Hotel

"Former house, now hotel. Early C18, raised and extended late C18, with early C19 and C20 alterations"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062069 

"In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Freiston's sandy shore on The Wash was developed as a sea bathing resort.

By the mid-19th century there were horse races and other attractions on the beach.

However, the process of coastal accretion caused a salt marsh to develop, leaving hotels without customers.

Since the mid-20th century, more marsh has been enclosed behind sea banks for use as arable land"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiston_Shore 

Freiston Shore is now inland by about half a mile.

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston Shore, Plummers Hotel
Freiston, bridge
Freiston, bridge
Freiston, bridge

This brick bridge c.1805 is one of several crossing the Hobhole Drain, the main drain in the East Fen. It was designed by Sir John Rennie.

Frank Robinson, July 2014

Freiston, bridge, Sir John Rennie, Hobhole Drain
Freiston, St James
Freiston, St James
Freiston, St James

St James in Freiston is, typically for the area, externally in the Perpendicular style.

Inside, though, is a long Norman nave with a thirteenth-century extension to the west. The east end originally led to a crossing and choir, demolished after after Dissolution; this was a Benedictine Priory.

The chapels have old screens, the fifteenth-century font has its original canopied cover.

Mark Acton, 2011

Freiston, Perpendicular, Norman, Benedictine,
Freiston, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

This chapel in Church View was erected in 1866. The last service was held in 1962.

After sale in 1966 it was converted into a house known as ‘The Old Chapel’

It is located at NGR TF 377 438

Barry Barton, 1978

Freiston, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Freiston, Windmill
Freiston, Windmill
Freiston, Windmill

A photograph of the windmill after the removal of the sails in 1924.

undated postcard

Freiston, shore, windmill
Freiston, Windmill (1)
Freiston, Windmill (1)
Freiston, Windmill (1)

Freiston Mill stands to the east of the village centre at Freiston Shore in Barneyfield Road.

It was built in the 1820s with four double-sided patent sails, driving three pairs of stones.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Freiston, shore, windmill, Jon Sass
Freiston, Windmill (2)
Freiston, Windmill (2)
Freiston, Windmill (2)

After it ceased to work by wind in 1924, the mill was driven by an engine until the 1940s.

Location of mill: TF 390 429

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Freiston, windmill, Peter Kirk
Haltoft End, United Methodist Chapel
Haltoft End, United Methodist Chapel
Haltoft End, United Methodist Chapel

Situated in Oak House Lane, this chapel was erected in 1894 for the United Free Methodists.

The last service here took place in 1971 and the building was sold two years later.

The building was destroyed by fire in 1985 and the site is occupied by Frank Clayton & Son, blacksmiths.

It was located at NGR TF 369 451 (in Freiston parish)

(Note: The United Methodist Church was established in 1907 by the amalgamation of the Methodist New Connexion, Bible Christians and the United Free Methodist Church.)

Barry Barton, 1978

Freiston, Halltoft End United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, Miramar House
Scrane End, Miramar House
Scrane End, Miramar House

"Late C18, front added c.1823"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1062068 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston, Scrane End, Miramar House
Scrane End, Roses Cottage
Scrane End, Roses Cottage
Scrane End, Roses Cottage

The inscription states :-

"ROSES COTTAGE

A.D. 1813" 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston, Scrane End, Roses Cottage
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel

A relatively rare chapel of this Methodist group was built here in 1887.

The last service (of what was then a united Methodist Church) was held in January 1984.

After closure the building was sold in 1986 and converted into a bungalow next to ‘Chapel Cottage’.

It is located at NGR TF 387 417 in Freiston parish.

Barry Barton, 1978
Freiston, United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel
Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel

An updated view of the chapel.

"Scrane End chapel was in the parish of Freiston. It was built in 1887 and closed in 1984"

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Records/RecordDisplaySearchResults.aspx?oid=578663&mode=c&pageNo=3 

DB 9 June 2018

Freiston, Scrane End, United Free Methodist Chapel