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Fishtoft is one of eighteen parishes which, together with Boston, form the Borough of Boston in the county of Lincolnshire, England. The local government has been arranged in this way since the reorganization of April 1, 1974, which resulted from the Local Government Act 1972. This parish forms an electoral ward in itself.

Hitherto, the parish had formed part of Boston Rural District, in the Parts of Holland. Holland was one of the three divisions (formally known as parts) of the traditional county of Lincolnshire. Since the Local Government Act of 1888, Holland had been in most respects, a county in itself.

The parish lies along the north-east side of The Haven and accommodates the Pilgrim Fathers Memorial at Scotia Creek.

The parish church is dedicated to St Guthlac and the stonework contains traces of Norman work and there is a reference to the church in the Domesday Book.

Some evidence of a Roman settlement has been found in the area. There was also an important Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area. At one stage there was a separate hamlet in the parish known as Fenne and this was in the area that later contained the Ball House Inn, Rochford Tower and Hawthorn Tree Corner. This area formed almost a separate community in the 1950s with its own community hall.

An important feature of the parish is the Hobhole Drain, constructed in the 19th century for land drainage purposes, which enters the River Witham near the Pilgrim Father's Memorial.

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