If you are a PICKWORTH or GOULD researcher, you'll enjoy our quadruplets report.
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Aveland and Ness Deanery to make your search easier.
The Calvanistic Baptist Chapel was built in 1786.
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1829 and rebuilt in 1906.
In addition, there was another Baptist chapel in the parish. The Primitive Methodists built their's in 1868. Another Primitive Methodist chapel followed in 1902. For more on researching these chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
Billingborough is both a large village and a parish 104 miles north of London and 9 miles NNE of Bourne. The B1177 road passes through the centre of the parish. Horbling parish lies to the north. The South Forty Foot Drain completes the eastern border. The old Car Dyke passes just east of the village. The parish encompasses about 2,200 acres.
For the visitor with a little time to spare, there's nothing like a visit to Hansens Handmade Chocolates on the High Street.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A52 trunk road between Grantham and Boston and turn south onto the B1177 arterial. Pass through Horbling and the next village is Billingborough.
In 1912 Lieut.-Col. Albert De BARTON resided in the parish in Buckminster Hall. The last name is rendered as "de BURTON" in the 1881 census. He was born in London, but was a Captain in the Royal South Lincolnshire Militia in 1881 with three adult children born in Lincolnshire.
In the churchyard there is one gravestone for a WWI casualty and two for WWII. See the Traces of War website.
For a photograph of the Billingborough War Memorial and the names on the plaques in the church, see the Roll of Honour site.
Michael Peck advises: "The WW2 memorial at St Andrews Church, Billingborough has been recorded. It shows no numbers, ranks or arms of service. Names recorded are:"
Ralph Hilton CREDLAND
Roy Hardy FREEMAN
Robert Walter IRONMONGER
Frank Henry MEADS
There are also 3 private memorials in the church:
To Sgt Ralph H Credland Royal Air Force VR died 28 Jan 1942.
To Leslie Grosvenor Hodgkinson Royal Field Artillery, eldest son of Charles Grosvenor Hodgkinson and Mary. Born St Andrews Day 1893 and killed in action near Ypres 1917 (no actual date mentioned), aged 23.
To 2nd Lieut Charles Reginald Winckley (Sherwood Foresters). Killed in France 20th July 1916, aged 22. Second son of Revd C R Thorold Winckley of Billingborough
Steve Morse adds:
Hodgkinson Leslie G - Killed 28/07/1917 (three days prior to 3rd Ypres. He was a gunner in 'B' Battery, 58th Brigade RFA service no 20981.
Winckley Charles R - 15th Bn Sherwood Foresters, The address for his parents is given as Leamington, Warwickshire.
There are three Commonwealth War Graves in the Billingborough churchyard:
R. CHRISTIAN, priv., Durham Light Inf., died 22 Nov. 1918, son of Elizabeth CHRISTIAN, Kirkby Underwood.
Cyril Arthur BRYANT, srgt., 9 Sqdn. RAF, 24, died 30 Oct. 1939.
Roy Hardy FREEMAN, ldg. airman, RN (HMS Nightjar), died 23 Oct. 1943, son of William Hardy and Charloote Lilian FRREMAN, Billingborough.
In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is rendered as Billingeburg, from the Old English Bill+inga+burh meaning "stronghold of the followers of Bill". [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]