The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1559 to 1812 and Marriages from 1569 to 1812.
The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Lafford Deanery to make your search easier.
The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1840. The Baptists had one earlier than that. The Independents built a chapel in 1846. For information and assistance in researching this church, see our non-conformist religions page.
Helpringham is a parish with a village of the same name. The parish is on the road between Spalding and Sleaford, about 5 miles southeast of Sleaford. Swaton parish lies to the south and Little Hale parish to the north. The parish covers almost 3,100 acres. A portion of the parish is Fenland, but that is now drained and fertile.
A book called "Lincolnshire Railway Stations" by Eric Croft (ISBN 0-946225-77-0) shows a picture of Helpringham station in 1907. At that time, the Great East and Great Northern railways ran trains by the village.
The village lies between the A17 and A52 trunk roads about six miles southeast of Sleaford. The Car Dyke passes just to the east of the village. Thorpe Latimer is a hamlet in the parish, about a mile south of Helpringham village. If you are planning a visit:
Helpringham Manor dates back to the 14th century, but was rebuilt in the 17th century and is now a Grade II Heritage building. The stone-built farmhouse was built in 1705 and a small cottage added in the early 19th century.
You can find more about preservation issues and a few fine photographs at "Lincolnshire Heritage" web site.
During World War 2, the Army occupied the farmhouse and used the grounds for a small prisoner-of-war camp.
The name derives from the Old English Helpric+inga+ham or homestead of a man called Helpric," and is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Helperincham. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]