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  • The parish was in the Home ("Lincoln Home") sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • We have a partial extract of surnames from the 1901 Census in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcome.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 651
1861 R.G. 9 / 2357 & 2358
1871 R.G. 10 / 3369
1891 R.G. 12 / 2589
1901 R.G. 13 / 3059


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bracebridge 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 is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is built of stone. The building appears to date from the 13th century.
  • In 1893 the tower was completely restored.
  • The church seats 350 people.
  • All Saints is located in Brant Road, off the Newark Road, Lincoln.
  • The mission church of St. John the Evangelist was built after the cornerstone was laid in September, 1907.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in October 2005.
  • And Richard CROFT has another photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

All Saints Church

Church Records

  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The parish has also been in the Longoboby Deanery in the 1800s.
  • The United Methodists had a chapel here by 1900. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1872. 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 Home ("Lincoln Home") 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

This village and parish lie just south of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, across the River Witham. Waddington parish is to the south. The parish only covers about 395 acres, far smaller than in earlier times. In 1881, the parish covered about 1,500 acres.

The village of Bracebridge Heath is the largest village in the parish, lying about a half mile from the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A15 trunk road south out of Lincoln or north out of Sleaford. Where the A607 arterial road out of Grantham intersects, you are in Bracebridge Heath village.
  • Bracebridge Heath Village Hall is on Red Hall Lane, to the west of the A15 road.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Bracebridge which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of The Plough Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of The Crow's Nest Pub on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.


  • Red Hall, about two and a half miles southeast of Lincoln, is a handsome redbrick mansion.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK963685 (Lat/Lon: 53.204841, -0.559652), Bracebridge which are provided by:

Medical Records

  • The parish was home to the Lindsey and Holland counties and Lincoln and Grimsby District Lunatic Asylum. Please see our Bracebridge Asylum page for more information.

Military History

  • The airfield at Bracebridge Heath was opened in 1916 by Lincoln-based aircraft manufacturer Robey for the manufacture and flight testing of the Sopwith aircraft.
  • The Royal Flying Corps took over the field in 1917 and assigned 121 Squadron to it.
  • During WWII, the field was used to repair damaged AVRO Lancaster bombers and return them to service.
  • On 28 March 1942 a Lancaster bomber hit another plane over the parish. The whole crew was lost.

Military Records

  • For additional military information, see our Military Records page.
  • For a photograph of the Bracebridge War Memorial and the names inscribed on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

John Emerson, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the war memorial at Bracebridge:

War memorial

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Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Graffoe (or Boothby Graffoe) Wapentake in the Central Lindsey division of the county, parts of Lindsey.
  • In ancient times, the parish was a Liberty of Lincoln.
  • Boundary realignments sometimes placed the parish in the West Lindsey division of the county. It is also considered part of the Lincoln City Parliamentary Borough as of 1885. The village formed its own Urban District Council in April, 1898.
  • The civil parish is technically "Bracebridge Heath". It was formed on 31 March, 1898 from the old ecclesiastical parish of Bracebridge.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Population figures for this parish often include the large county asylum's inmates and staff as well.

Year  Inhabitants
1801 145
1821 155
1831 158
1851 340
1871 1,203
1881 2,120
1911 1,523

Postal and Shipping Guides

  • The postcode is: LN5 9BD.


  • A school board was formed in 1878. Their district included Boultham parish.
  • A girls' and infants' school was built here at South Cliff in 1880.
  • A boys' school was built here in 1902.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.