The churchyard was closed for burials in May 1909.
The Anglican parish register dates from 1722, but Bishop's transcripts go back to 1562.
Shelley CLACK has made a list of the monument inscriptions in the churchyard. You can download her "Ancaster Churchyard Portable Document file and search for your relatives.
St. Martin's Church holds a list of clergy which goes back to 1236. (Thank you, Henny Shotter, Churchwarden)
The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1722 to 1812 and Marriages from 1723 to 1812.
The LFHS has published several indexes for the Loveden Deanery to make your search easier.
The Primitive Methodists had a small chapel here, and at Sudbrook a United Methodist chapel, built in 1837. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
This village and parish lies just over seven miles north-east of Grantham and six miles west of Sleaford. The parish covers about 2,870 acres and includes the hamlets of Sudbrook and West Willoughby (both west of the village of Ancaster). Wilsford parish is just to the east, with Honington parish to the west and Barkston to the south-west.
North of the village, the B6403 (High Dike) is the dividing line between South and North Kesteven. The main road through the village is Ermine Street.
The village of Ancaster is east of the A607 trunk road at Honington. It has a train station, once a part of the Grantham, Sleaford and Boston branch of the Great Northern Railway. The houses on the east side of Ancaster village are in Wilsford parish. If you are planning a visit:
Ancaster is at the intersection of the A153 west out of Sleaford and the B6403, the old Ermine Street, north out of Grantham.
There is rail passenger service via the Nottingham-Skegness line.
Ian S. has a photograph of The Ermine on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
Ancaster can trace it's history through the Iron Age.
At Ancaster, the Romans built a fort on the site of an existing settlement. This later developed into a small town which was provided with a town wall. In the field opposite the church, grass covered banks now mark the line of the Roman town wall and associated ditch. It is believed by many that the Romans called the place Causennae, but more recent research by Rivet disputes this. Many Roman coins have been found in the area, along with some skeletons dated to that era.
The Romans also were great road-builders. Ermine Street linked London to the north and runs through the heart of the village. An old Roman milestone from the time of Constantine (306 - 324) for many years was kept at the vicarage, but now resides in the Grantham Museum. That museum also houses a carved Roman sculpture of the Deae Matres (three seated pregnant women), a Goddess of fertility. There were several carvings of Roman Gods and Godesses found in Ancaster. The last was an inscription, found by Time Team in 1999, to the elsewhere unknown God Viridius. (Thank you, Henny Shotter, Churchwarden)
In the 1580s/1590s, The Plague strikes Lincolnshire and checks population growth.
In the 17th century, smaller market towns like Ancaster grew.
Ancaster stone, oolite with a light reddish cast that hardens with exposure to the air, was quarried here. It was used in the construction of many Lincolnshire buildings. In 1913, the quarries were worked by LINDLEY and Son.
West Willoughby Hall was built of local Ancaster Stone. David Flinn reports: "On a visit to Willoughby Hall in the 1950s as a child, I remember the place being partially ruined. Sadly, it has been completely demolished since then."
The name Ancaster is Old English Anna+caester, or "Roman fort of a man called Anna". The caester portion of the name derives from the Roman occupation of England. It is unclear as to the derivation of the name Anna. The parish is listed in the 12th century as Anecastre. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]