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Ashby cum Fenby

Note: There are several Ashby villages, both in Lincolnshire and other counties. Please make sure that you are searching in the correct one for your relatives.



  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 626
1861 R.G. 9 / 2390
1871 R.G. 10 / 3416
1891 R.G. 12 / 2620


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ashby cum Fenby area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church is a small but ancient stone structure with some sections dating to the Norman period.
  • The church was thoroughly repaired in 1845.
  • The church tower was repaired in 1886.
  • The church seats 150.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Peter's church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Peter's church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.
  • Here is a photograph St. Peter's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Peter Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1723. The former register was destroyed.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a 1641/2 Protestation Return for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1912 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the rural deanery of South Grimsby.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist's had a chapel built here in 1836. Find out more at our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This is a pair of villages and a parish which covers almost 1,700 acres. It lies 154 miles north of London, 3.5 miles southwest of Holton-le-Clay and 6 miles south of Grimsby.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1203 secondary road south out of Grimsby for about 5 miles.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Ashby cum Fenby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ashby cum Fenby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA255006 (Lat/Lon: 53.487142, -0.109980), Ashby cum Fenby which are provided by:

Military History

  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the War Memorial inside the church, behind the altar, on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Ashby War Memorial and the name on the wooden plaque, see the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • Ashby is quite a common village name in the Lincolnshire area. The origin of the name is probably Old Scandinavian Aski+by, for "Aski's farmstead", but it could also derive from the words for "farmstead where ash trees grow".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the Central Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of the county. The 1913 edition does the same.
  • The parish is politically a part of the Waltham Ward of North East Lincolnshire.
  • You can contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, see the North East Lincolnshire Council website with similar restrictions.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Around 1630, Lady Francis WRAY built almshouses here for six poor men or women.
  • In 1641, Sir Christopher WRAY, son of Lady Francis, endowed the almshouses with the yearly rental from property of £30.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish was part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • In 1890, this parish was transferred to the new Grimsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty session hearings.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 132
1811 154
1831 179
1841 211
1871 296
1881 264
1891 227
1911 188