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Bitchfield

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1890, as a result of the Poor Law Union reorganisation, the parish was placed in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 615
1861 R.G. 9 / 2347
1871 R.G. 10 / 3355
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bitchfield 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 was dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen.
  • The church was built in the 10th century and enlarged in the 12th century.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church seats only about 100 people.
  • There is a photograph of St. Mary Magdalen's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Still more Lincolnshire".
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of "St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.
  • Here is a photograph St. Mary's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1674.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1890, as a result of the Poor Law Union reorganisation, the parish was placed in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Bitchfield is a village and a parish on the River Glen, 3 miles north of Corby and 8 miles southeast of Grantham. The parish covered 1,357 acres.

If you are planning a visit, see:

  • By automobile, take the A52 trunk road east out of Grantham and turn right (south) onto the B1176 arterial road. Bitchfield is about six miles along that road.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Bitchfield which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Bitchfield 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 Bitchfield to another place.

Manors

  • Bitchfield House is a relatively modern manor house. In 1882 it was occupied by Mr. Joseph GRUMMITT.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK988287 (Lat/Lon: 52.846726, -0.534411), Bitchfield which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name Bitchfield is from the Old English Bill's+feld, or "Bill's field". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Billesfelt.
    ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, 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 Beltisloe Wapentake in the South Kesteven district and in the parts of Kesteven.
  • Bitchfield was abolished as a Civil Parish in 1931 and the land incorporated in surrounding parishes.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate petty sessional hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 95
1851 209
1861 159
1871 169
1881 167
1891 161
1901 101
1911 97
1921 95

Schools

  • A School Board, of 7 members, was formed on 16 November, 1875. The "Bitchfield United District" covered Bassingthorpe, Bitchfield and Boothby Pagnall parishes.
  • A Board School was built in 1877 to hold up to 70 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.