The Anglican parish register dates from 1520, but is only clearly legible from 1597.
The Lincolnshire Archives have the parish register deposited showing baptisms 1596*1706, marriages 1597*1704, and burials 1597-1699. There is a gap, then more recent registers are available. The Archive has a fairly rich trove of parish documents.
This village and small parish are in the Lincolnshire Wolds about 9 miles south of Grimsby. Wold Newton parish lies just to the west. The parish covers about 1,200 acres and includes the hamlet and manor of Beesby.
Hawerby Hall is a brick building. It was erected in 1781 and enlarged in 1840.
Hawerby Hall was the residence and property of Theophilus John HARNEIS, JP and lord of the manor in 1900.
This note was provided by Sheila Coy in April 2002: Hawerby Hall is on the A18 just near North Thoresby. In recent years it was run as a small hotel for women called the hen-house and was for a time pink. It is now white again and either for sale or recently sold.
Nicola Pike adds this comment: It was a plague village and has a lot of superstition around the Hall.
There is s a photograph of Hawerby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
Second Lieutenant Frank Douglas SOWERBY of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (Lancashire Fusiliers), age 29, was killed on the 8th of January, 1916 and is buried at Abbeville cemetery in France. His parents were Francis and Maud Elizabeth SOWERBY of Hawerby Hall.
There is also this entry from the parish records in the Archives: 1st Norfolks: Lieut E L WEST was killed in action on July 31st while bravely leading his men. Was a gallant officer, and much liked by both Officers and men, who greatly regret him. News of the sad event came to Mrs West while she was staying at Hawerby Hall, Aug 5th. He leaves a little daughter. Lieut West came all the way from Canada to do his bit.
The Lieut E L WEST, listed above, was actually a Captain, Edward Lynn WEST, of the Norfolk Rgt., 1st Btn., who died 1-Aug-1916 and was intured at Thiepval Memorial. He was the son of George and Margaret WEST, and the husband of Margaret WEST in Victoria, BC, Canada.