Fosdyke (All Saints)

FOSDYKE (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Boston, wapentake of Kirton, parts of Holland, county of Lincoln, 6 miles (N. N. W.) from Holbeach; containing 601 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the Fosse dyke constructed by Henry II., between the rivers Trent and Witham; it extends seven miles in length, separating the parts of Lindsey from those of Kesteven, and comprises about 2826 acres. The living is annexed to the rectory of Algarkirk; the glebe comprises 100 acres. An almshouse for 9 persons was founded under the will of Sir Thomas Middlecott, in 1625, and endowed with lands now producing £170 per annum; and £40, arising from benefactions, are yearly distributed among the poor.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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