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  • The parish was in the Burgh sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 630
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2376
1871 R.G. 10 / 3393B
1891 R.G. 12 / 2604


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Candlesby 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

  • At the Domesday survey, there were two churches here, but the site of one of them is unknown.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Benedict. It fell into ruin and was pulled down and rebuilt of brick in 1838 on the same site.
  • The church seats about 120.
  • There is a photograph of St. Benedict's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Candlesby St. Benedict parish church

Church Records

  • We have a small extract from the parish register. Your additions are welcome.
  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1753 for baptisms and burials, 1755 for marriages.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the South Hill rural Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Burgh sub-district of the Spilsby 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 lies about 126 miles north of London and 5 miles east of Spilsby. The parish covers a little over 1,000 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Candlesby is on the A158 Trunk Road between Horncastle and Skegness.
  • See the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Candlesby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Candlesby Hall was the residence of John Franklin RAWNSLEY in 1912.
  • Cadwell Hall was unoccupied in 1900.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF450670 (Lat/Lon: 53.180328, 0.168333), Candlesby which are provided by:

Military Records

For a photograph of the Candlesby War Memorial brass plaque and a Roll of Honour in the church, and the names on them, see the Roll of Honour site.

Steve MORSE tells us about this Candlesby lad: "Private G W DAWSON's grave at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres. SDGW has George William born Candlesby Lincs, enlisted Louth, abode ( Kensington Middx)."

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Wold Division of the Candleshoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey division in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division.
  • The citizens of Candlesby have decided not to have a formal Parish Council, but do vote on civic and political issues at periodic Parish Meetings.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings every other week.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 172
1831 216
1851 245
1871 235
1881 247
1891 236
1911 177


  • A National School (originally a Church of England School) was erected here in 1872 to hold up to 48 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.