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Great Coates


  • Brian CHESTER has provided a Monument Inscription lookup feature at his website for St. Nicholas Church.(JB)
  • Brian CHESTER has provided an example of his work in this FISKE monument from the graveyard:

FISKE family

  • St Nicolas, Great Coates Road, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In an 1890 re-organization, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby 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 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2114
1861 R.G. 9 / 2391
1871 R.G. 10 / 3416
1891 R.G. 12 / 2620


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Great Coates 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 Nicholas (the spelling is often given as "Nicolas").
  • The church tower dates from the 15th century.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1865.
  • The church seats 200.
  • There is a photograph of the Anglican parish church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Nicholas Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1653.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists formed a group here in 1759 with William BUTTRES as leader. John BAGLEY took over in 1849. A 99-year land lease by the Lord of the Manor allowed the Wesleyans to build their chapel in 1881. It opened in August of that year.
  • The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1895. Check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of one of the Methodist Chapels on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In an 1890 re-organization, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby 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 are in the north of Lincolnshire, 4 miles from Great Grimsby and 157 miles north of London. The parish borders on the River Humber to the northeast and a stream on the south and south-east called the Freshney. The parish covers about 2,300 acres.

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You can see pictures of Great Coates which are provided by:

Emigration and Immigration

Historical Geography

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


  • In the early 1900s, two-fifths of the parish land was pasturage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA230100 (Lat/Lon: 53.572180, -0.143948), Great Coates which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • "Coats" or "Cotes" is an ancient word for cottages.

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 ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the Central Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire, as well as the 1913 edition, places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of the county.
  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was abolished and most of the land amalgamated into Healing Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Great Coates Village Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history lookups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the North-East Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 208
1831 235
1841 245
1871 228
1881 245
1891 217
1911 364


  • A National School was built here in 1872 to hold 50 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.