The parish registers only go back to 1662, but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1599.
A new register was started in 1700 with the dedication of the new church building.
The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1678 to 1812 and Marriages from 1678 to 1812.
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Lawres Deanery to make your search easier.
Copies of the parish registers are also held at the North Lincolnshire Library and cover baptisms 1678 - 1961, burials 1678 - 1985, and marriages 1678 - 1978.
There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel here in the 1800s. The current Methodist church is Cherry Willingham Methodist Church. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
This village and parish lies just 4 miles east of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, on the northern side of the River Witham. Reepham parish is to the north, Fiskerton parish to the east and Greetwell parish to the west. The parish is small in area, covering only 1,030 acres.
The village of Cherry Willingham is a suburb of the city of Lincoln. It can be reached off the A158 trunk road heading northeast out of Lincoln. If you are planning a visit:
The village currently has approximately 3,200 inhabitants and over 1,200 homes, but little in the way of tourist accomodations.
The railway still runs through the village, a former stop on the Great Northern Railway.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Parish Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006. You should check to see what forth-coming events are scheduled. You can hire the Hall for your family reunion!
The name Cherry Willingham is from the Old English chiri+Willa+inga+ham, for "Cherry Tree of Willa's homestead". In the 1086 Domesday Book it first appears as Willingeham and in 1386 as Chyry Wylynham. [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
A National School was built here in 1872 to hold 60 children.
One current school is Cherry Willingham County Primary School, Lime Grove, Cherry Willingham, Lincoln, LN3 4BD. Tel/fax 01522 751148. This primary school is of modern design, the grounds cover 5 acres. There are aprox. 230 children in the school.
Another current school is Cherry Willingham Community School, Croft Lane, Cherry Willingham, Lincoln LN3 4JP. This school serves 11 to 16 year olds.