"A parish in the lower division of the wapentake of Boothby-Graffoe, parts of Kestevan, county of Lincoln, 9 miles (S.W. by S) from Lincoln, containing 613 inhabitants. The living is a rectory in the Archdeaconry and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the King's books at 26, 16, 3 BPS and in the patronage of the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The rector allows an annuity of 4BPS for teaching poor children. The several manor-houses in the parish are occupied as farm-houses." Topographical Dictionary of England 1831, page 108
The LFHS has published several indexes (marriage and burial) for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
The Wesleyan Methodists built a large chapel here in 1839. Tours of this chapel are normally available on weekends. That same year, the Primitive Methodists also built a small chapel and, in 1859, the Reformed Methodists did the same. A Salvationist Mission Hall was also built here in the late 1800's.
Bassingham is a parish and village approximately 9 miles SSW of Lincoln and 9 miles NE of Newark on Trent. Thurlby parish borders on the north-west, Norton Disney lies to the west and Carlton le Moorland to the south. The River Witham is part of the northern and western border. The parish covers about 1,980 acres.
The village of Bassingham lies just south-east of the River Withern. If you are planning a visit:
Consider eating at or staying at the Five Bells Inn at 17 High Street (tele: (01522) 788269) near the centre of the village.
The name Bassingham is from the Old English Bassa+inga+ham, or "homestead of the family or followers of Bassa". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Basingeham. ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]