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Donington on Bain



  • The parish was in the Binbrook sub-district of the Louth 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 / 632
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1881 R.G. 11 / 3264
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Donington on Bain 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 Andrew.
  • The font in the church is believed to be from Saxon times, but is probably of Norman origin.
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century.
  • The church seats about 104.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St Andrew's on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2004.
  • Here is a photo of St. Andrew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Andrew Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1655, but the early portions are in a "dilapidated condition".
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Baptists, the Wesleyan Methodists and the Primitive Methodists each built a chapel here. 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 Binbrook sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Donington on Bain is a parish about 6 miles south-west of Louth and about 9 miles due north of Horncastle. The parish is in the heart of the Wolds and covers about 1,800 acres. Welsdale Bottom (or "Welldale Bottom") is a hamlet about a mile north-east of the village.

The village sits on the east bank of the River Bain. If you are planning a visit:

  • By car, take the A157 north-east out of Wragby toward Louth. Take the B1225 south and follow the signs for Donington on Bain, which will be on the left (east).
  • Passenger railway service existed here from 1875 to 1951.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Donington on Bain which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • A Bronze Age barrow has been found in the parish, but it is hard to see. It is a long, low raised area of soil. Originally, it was 1.5 meters tall, but it has been reduced by ploughing. It is just west of Bluestone Heath Road. A Bronze Age bowl was recovered here.
  • The name implies that this was an Anglo-Saxon settlement of circa 800 to 450 BC.
  • In 1877, the Louth branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters authorized the building of a Village Hall here. It was completed in 1879.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF235829 (Lat/Lon: 53.328598, -0.147031), Donington on Bain which are provided by:

Military Records

There is a list of the names from the Roll of Honour at the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name is often found in a variety of spellings. "Donnington" (two Ns) or "Donington" (one N) are two common versions, and the "On Bain" appendage often is found as "Upon" or "Over".

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the North division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the local Donington on Bain Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1669 Elizabeth LOMEN left £44 to benefit the poor. That money was used to purchase 34 acres of land from which the rental income went to the poor each year.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1798.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 180
1811 203
1841 320
1871 485
1891 432
1901 343
1911 325


  • A National School (Public Elementary School) was built here in 1840.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.