Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Old Boston

In January I posted the video Country Town, which looked at Boston during the Second World War.

I have since found a whole website devoted to the website devoted to the history of this Lincolnshire town: Old Boston - I have borrowed the image here from it.

It specialises in the quirky and ephemeral aspects of local history, and I particularly like its picture of Freiston Shore - "the poor man's Skeggy":
There was no sandy beach there, Punch and Judy or amusements of any kind, all it consisted of was marshland, muddy creeks to bathe in, borstal boys and old gun placements designed to keep the Germans away if they tried to conquer England through Lincolnshire.
That was the 1950s and 1960s, but the post also records a serious (and failed) 19th-century attempt to turn Freiston into a proper seaside resort.

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