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Blyton

Cemeteries

  • The Blyton Cemetery is on Sandbeck Lane.
  • The cemetery may be a 20th century construct. I could find no historic reference to it.
  • The Blyton Cemetery is managed by the Burial Board of the Parish Council (see below).

Census

  • The parish was part of the Scotter sub-district in the Gainsborough 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 through 1901.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 628
1851 H.O. 107 / 2119
1861 R.G. 9 / 2406
1871 R.G. 10 / 3441 & 3442
1891 R.G. 12 / 2632

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Blyton 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 Church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • The church is of early English architecture (11th century).
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1877.
  • The church nave was restored in 1880-81.
  • The church tower was repaired and refitted in 1891-92.
  • The church seats 300.
  • The church is Grade I listed with English Heritage.
  • The church contains a brass plate memorial to two children of Sir John WRAY, 1613 and 1615.
  • The church is presently part of the Corringham and Blyton Group of the Anglican Church.
  • A photograph of the parish church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.
  • Here are two photos of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Blyton St. Martin parish church

Blyton St. Martin parish church

Church Records

  • Parish register entries start in 1571.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish register entries for baptisms 1571-1812, burials 1571-1933 and marriages 1571-1812.
  • The National Burial Index (NBI) for St. Martin lists 1,059 entries (1813-1900).
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1822. There was a Primitive Methodist chapel here in 1832 with a new one built in 1851 and operating after 1913. 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 Scotter sub-district in the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Blyton is both a village and a parish about four and a half miles north-east of Gainsborough and about 153 miles north of London. Laughton parish lies to the north and Pilham parish to the south-east. The parish covered about 4,700 acres in 1913. The parish once included the 250 acre farms of Redhill and Greenhill as extra-parochial lands, but these were formed into a separate civil parish between Blyton and East Stockwith by 1872. These farms were occupied by the BELTON family. The parish also includes the hamlets of Wharton and Carr (or Car). Wharton is one mile south-west of the village of Blyton. Carr was west of Blyton, near the River Trent.

The village of Blyton lies on a rise, astride the Brigg to Gainsborough Road (the A159). If you are planning a visit:

  • Although the railway line still exists, the station is closed for passenger services.
  • Stop in a visit the two-hundred-and-fifty year old Black Horse Pub and Inn, at 93 High Street. Tele: 01427 628277.
  • Rallycross car racing is popular on the local track. Make sure you are not visiting during one of the races, if you are looking for a quiet stay!
  • Laughton Forest, just north of Blyton, is a popular spot for families and folks just wishing a shaded, quiet walk.
  • Take the kids to Wharton Hall Farm Park to pet the animals.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Blyton which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

History

  • The railway came to Blyton about 1848, installing a station in the parish. It was part of the Great Central Railway.
  • Roger GEACH has a photograph of the Black Horse Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.
  • These are the names associated with the Black Horse Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 Robert MOORFOOT, vict.
1868 Charles SMITHSON
1872 Charles SMITHSON, victualler
1882 John BROWN, vict.
1900 Mrs. Mary Ann ANDREWS
1913 Fredk. HEMSTOCK
1930 Mrs. Kate TEFT

Land and Property

  • In 1842, the chief landowner was the Earl of Scarborough, lord of the manor. Additional landowners were the INGRAM, HICKMAN, WILLIAMSON, COAPE and other families.
  • In 1872, the chief landowner was the Earl of Scarborough, lord of the manor. Additional landowners were the HICKMAN, WILLIAMSON, OATES and other families.
  • In 1882, the chief landowner was the Earl of Scarborough, lord of the manor. Additional landowners were the HICKMAN, SANDERS, OATES and other families.
  • In 1900, the chief landowner was Sir Hickman Beckett BACON, baronet, of Thonock Hall, lord of the manor.
  • In 1913, the chief landowners were Sir Hickman Beckett BACON, baronet, of Thonock Hall, lord of the manor, and J. D. SANDERS of Gainsborough.

Manors

  • There is a mention of Wharton Hall in the old directories, but no description or history.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK853948 (Lat/Lon: 53.443066, -0.717227), Blyton which are provided by:

Military History

  • Roger GEACH has a photograph of the Wam Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.
  • The RAF opened an airfield here in November, 1942. It was just north-east of town. 199 Squadron, a heavy bomber unit, was initially stationed here.
  • The RAF abandoned the field in 1954.
  • The B1205 roadway skims the southern border and the A159 runs through the western edge of the old airfield. Click here for a picture of the old Blyton Airfield Control Tower.
  • The RAF abandoned the field in 1954.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Blyton War Memorial and the names inscribed on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name appears to be from a combination of Old Scandinavian and Old English Bligr+ton, meaning "farmstead of a man called Bligr". It appeared in the 1086 Domesday Book as Blitone.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Names, Personal

  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following: parish clerk, Thomas NICHOLSON; sub-postmaster, Arthur MAJOR; station master, Robert FOWLER.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following: parish clerk, Thomas NICHOLSON; sub-postmaster, Walter SELBY; station master, William ANDREWS.

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Corringham Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For ecclesiastical purposes, the parish was also within the Soke of Kirton in Lindsey.
  • In March of 1886, a detached portion of Pilham parish, known as Pilham Carr, was transferred to Blyton. Some records refer to it simply as Carr.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council concerning civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Gainsborough petty session hearings every Tuesday.
  • In 1720, a person named ALLANBY left the poor the interest from £12.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Gainsborough Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 377
1831 551
1851 716
1861 746
1871 721
1891 742
1911 822

Schools

  • In 1819, John MILNS created a fund for educational purposes. The funds were initally used to build Blyton School in 1826 on land purchased from Colonel Henry COAPE. In 1913, the fund was generating £18 yearly.
  • In 1842, a Girls' School was built by subscription.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1881 and enlarged in 1895. It currently holds about 87 students. Address: Blyton Church of England Primary School, High Street, Blyton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 3JX, Tele: 01427 628342.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.