In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Freiston's sandy shore on The Wash was developed as a sea bathing resort. By the mid-nineteenth century, there were horse races on the beach and other attractions. However, the process of coastal accretion proceeded and salt marsh developed, leaving the few hotels without customers. Since the mid twentieth century, more marsh has been enclosed behind sea banks for use as arable land.
During the Second World War defences were constructed around Freiston Shore as a part of British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. A number of pillboxes, gun emplacements and coastal lights were constructed.
Following World War II, land reclamation led to the village being inland by about 1/2 mile. You can still still see the original sea bank with its pillboxes and some of the Freiston shore light railway. A direct path from the village to the marsh on The Wash still exists.
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