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  • The parish was in the Wainfleet 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 / 633
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2373
1871 R.G. 10 / 3390
1891 R.G. 12 / 2602


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Firsby 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 was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • In 1834 the church was reported to be "crumbling".
  • The church was rebuilt from local stone in 1856. It is dressed with Ancaster stonework.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 150 people.
  • There is a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "more Lincolnshire".
  • Rodney BURTON has a photograph of St Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July 1993.
  • Here is a photo of St. Andrew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Andrew's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562.
  • TheLondon Family History Centre has the Bishop's Transcripts from 1562 thru 1837 on microfilm.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There was also a chapel for Wesleyan Methodists in the village built in 1838. For more on researching these chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Wainfleet 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 parish and small village lies 122 miles north of London, 4 miles south-east from Spilsby, 4 miles north-west from Burgh and 8 miles from Skegness. A small stream runs through the parish.

The village lies along the northern side of the Steeping River. For information on visiting:

  • Railway service to the village, which started in 1848, closed in 1970. Passenger service had already been suspended in 1939, although many RAF and USAF personnel passed through Firsby on their way to airfields during World War II.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Firsby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • In 1920 a railway accident at Firsby Station injured many people. Mr. WELCH, a 71-year-old local businessman died the next day from his injuries.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF456628 (Lat/Lon: 53.142437, 0.175395), Firsby which are provided by:

Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Firsby War Memorial and a list of the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site. <

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Wold division of the Candleshoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1888, this parish was reduced in size slightly to enlarge Irby in the Marsh Civil Parish.
  • White's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • Firsby is governed by the "Firsby Group Parish Council" which includes Bratoft, Great Steeping, Little Steeping and Irby in the Marsh parishes. You may contact them regarding civil or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • 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 117
1831 142
1841 196
1871 270
1881 235
1891 228
1901 213
1911 227


  • The children of this parish attended school in Irby-in-the-Marsh parish. Currently, children go to school in Great Steeping.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.