Report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Cumberworth

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.

We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.



  • St Helen, Alford Road, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library at Scunthorpe holds copies of the 1841 and 1881 census returns for Cumberworth.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2378
1871 R.G. 10 / 3396
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cumberworth 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 Saint Helen.
  • In 1870 the church was reseated and partially restored.
  • The church seats 120.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in February, 1987. It was sold for residential use in 1989.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Cumberworth St. Helen parish church

Church Records

  • The Anglican church registers are on deposit from 1557 and the registers are available on microfilm from the Family History Library (FHL).
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists built chapels here in the 1800's. 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 Alford 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

Cumberworth (alternately "Cumberwerth") is both a village and a parish which lie about five miles south-east of Alford and about ten miles north-north-west of Skegness. It is only about 1,274 acres, with Farlesthorpe and Mumby parishes to the north, Willoughby parish to the south and west and Hogsthorpe parish to the east.

If you plan to visit Cumberworth village:

  • Take the A52 north out of Skegness and turn left at Mumby.
  • For information on visiting, see the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Cumberworth which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • In 1415, and again in 1431, Thomas CUMBERWORTH of Cumberworth was Sheriff of Lincolnshire.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF500730 (Lat/Lon: 53.232836, 0.245909), Cumberworth which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name Cumberworth derives from Old English Cumbre+worth, or "enclosure of a man called Cumbra, or of the Britons". It appeared in the 1086 Domesday Book as Cumbreuorde.
    [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and becme a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports, perhaps erroneously, that the parish was in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Around 1895, Joseph Waite HART left £150 in government securities. The interest from this went to the parish poor.
  • The poor also have 5 acres of land set aside for their use.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 132
1831 188
1871 261
1881 230
1891 193
1911 172
1991 127


  • A National School was built here in 1874 for 60 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.