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  • The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 627
1851 H.O. 107 / 2104
1861 R.G. 9 / 2356
1871 R.G. 10 / 3367
1881 R.G. 11 / 3237
1891 R.G. 12 / 2588
1901 R.G. 13 / 3058

Church History

  • This section has been moved to another page due to size. Church History includes several photographs.

Church Records

  • Parish register entries start in 1653, but Bishop's transcripts appear to go back to 1561.
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • There are over 2,400 burial register entries for St. Lawrence (1813-1900) included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There were three Wesleyan Methodist chapels in the parish: one at Bardney, built in 1837, to seat 450 people, one at Southrey, built in 1838, with 100 sittings, and one at Bardney Dairies, with 100 sittings. The Primitive Methodists built a chapel at Bardney in 1858. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Bardney is both a large parish and a large village about 129 miles north of London and midway between Lincoln and Horncastle. Stainfield parish lies to the north, Branston parish to the west, Tupholme parish to the west and the River Witham to the southwest. The parish covered about 5,400 acres and included the hamlets of Southrey (or Southrow), Snakeholme and Bardney Dairies.

Bardney village is at the intersection of the B1202 coming south out of Wragby and the B1190 as it runs between Horncastle and Washingborough, just southeast of Lincoln City. Southrey is about 2.5 miles southeast of Bardney village, right on the northeast bank of the River Witham. Snakeholme and Bardney Dairies are two miles north of Bardney village. If you are planning a visit:

  • There are caravan parks near the village of Southrey and northwest of Bardney.
  • The trains stopped running to Bardney and Southrey in 1970.
  • Check for bus service from the Linconshire Road Car Company of Lincoln.
  • The woodlands around Wragby and Bardney are the remnants of Bardney Forest.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
  • When you enter the village, look for the village sign (provided by Patricia McCRORY, who retains the copyright).

Bardney village sign - Bardney village sign closeup

You can see pictures of Bardney which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bardney to another place.


  • Bardney is supposed to have been occupied by the Romans.
  • Both Bardney village and Southrey once had their own railway stations on the Louth to Lincoln line of the Great Northern Railway.
  • In 1844 an Act of Parliament (amended in 1856) enabled the draining, embanking and improvement of the fen lands and low grounds of the parish.
  • A gas works was established here in 1863 to light the town.
  • Sugar beets are processed at a British Sugar plant here.

Land and Property

  • In 1913, the principal landowners were John S. SHARPE, lord of the manor, Rebert Charles de Grey VYNER, the trustees of the late John Earle WELBY, William Wykeham TYRWHITT-DRAKE, W. F. BURTON, J. D. BLANSHARD and William VARLOW.


  • Bardney Manor, was the ancestral seat of the TYRWHITT family.

Medical Records

  • In 1712, Thomas KITCHING founded Peter Hancock's Hospital in Bardney. Originally planned to hold up to seven men and seven women, it was run by the local vicar. It is unknown if there are any records of patients or staff. From 1900 through 1913, the Rev. Charles Edward LAING was chairman. The buildings are now a Grade 2 Heritage site.

Military History

  • The RAF opened an airfield here in April, 1943.
  • The RAF turned the field over to the Army for vehicle storage in 1945.
  • The facility became a Thor missile site from1959 - 1963
  • The airfield was closed in 1963.
  • Squadron 9, from this airfield, dropped a tallboy bomb on the German warship Tirpitz. See the Memorial for Squadron 9.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the disused airfield, RAF Bardney on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • There is a photograph of the Bardney War Memorial on the Traces of War website.

Military Records

The hamlet of Southrey lost 5 men in World War I. They are:

  1. Harry AMOS, the son of Dorothy Ann Amos of Nottingham
  2. James Henry ELLIS - born Bardney in 1894
  3. George HEMINGWAY - unable to identify (possibly born Hartstead, YKS)
  4. John REYNOLDS - husband of Amy Dorothy Chapman Reynolds of Southrey (not found in CWGC database)
  5. Alick WARE - son of Samuel and Martha Ware of Martin, born 1896

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from Old English Beardan+eg, meaning "island of a man called Bearda". In 731 it is found as Beardaneu and in the 1086 Domesday Book as Bardenai.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Knowle's Charity of £10 yearly, left in 1603 by Joseph and John KNOWLE of Willoughby, and Thomas BARTHOLOMEW's Charity of 1820 of £1 and 1s were given to the poor as bread.
  • In 1711, Thomas KITCHING dedicated property to generate revenue for the Free School and for relief of poor widows, apprentices and children in Bardney and neighboring parishes. The charity was still in operation in 1913. KITCHING also built the almshouses known as Peter Hancock's Hospital (See Medical Records, above).
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 703
1831 1,098
1841 1,192
1851 1,329
1871 1,460
1881 1,393
1891 1,378
1911 1,302


  • Kitching's Charity School was built in 1845. It was founded in 1711 by Thomas KITCHING for the poor children of Bardney, Southrey, Tupholme and Bucknall.
  • The Wesleyan School was built in 1856.
  • Southrey had its own Public Elementary School, apparently built before 1900.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.