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  • The parish was in the Alford 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 / 637
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2378
1871 R.G. 10 / 3397
1881 R.G. 11 / 3259
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Huttoft 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 Margaret.
  • The church is built of stone.
  • The church tower dates from Saxon times.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1869 and greatly repaired in 1882. The exterior was restored in 1910.
  • The churchyard was enlarged in 1895 and again in July, 1921.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.
  • There is a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Margaret's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register entries start in 1562.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Int'l Genealogical Index holds some Huttoft baptisms and marriages. Use batch numbers C029301 - C029302 and M029301 - M029302 for your searches.
  • The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists both had a chapel here. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • The Primitive Methodists had their own burial churchyard.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Alford 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 village and parish is 5 miles east of Alford, 14 miles south-east of Louth and about 13 miles north-east of Spilsby. The parish borders the North Sea, while the village lies over a mile inland. Anderby and Mumby parishes lie to the south and Sutton on Sea to the north. The parish occupies about 3,500 acres of land.

The village sits on a low hill overlooking the surrounding salt marshes. If you are planning a visit:

  • The A52 trunk road passes through the heart of the village as it makes it way north to Mablethorpe.
  • Visit the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary at Bridge House Farm on Alford Road.
  • Birdwatching is also popular in the area.
  • Huttoft Bank Pit is protected by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Camping is available at nearby: Cherry Tree Site, Cherry Tree Cottage, Huttoft Rd, Sutton, Lincolnshire, LN12 2RU.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Huttoft which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Huttoft was just off the Numby Road station on the Louth and East Coast branch of the Great Northern railway.
  • The Coast Guard had a station at Huttoft Bank in the early 1900s.
  • The purebred Lincoln longwool sheep was bred here by Mr. John Tuxworth NEEDHAM.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF510760 (Lat/Lon: 53.259499, 0.262301), Huttoft which are provided by:

Military History

  • In 1919 the side chapel of St. Margaret's was screened off and furnished as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in World War I.

Names, Geographical

  • Its ancient name was High Toft. The name Huttoft is a combination of Old English hoe and Old Scandinavian toft, or "homestead on a spur of land". In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Hotot. Many other spelling variations exist, including Huttorp and Huttefte.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

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 Marsh division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • An undated charity of the interest on £360, left by W. ROBINSON, was distrubuted between the four most needy poor men of the parish. Their qualification was that they had brought up the most children without parochial relief.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 286
1831 470
1851 586
1871 651
1881 597
1891 535
1911 468
1991 479


  • A National School was founded here in 1840 and in 1872 had 90 students. It was enlarged in 1874 to hold 112 students.
  • The present school is The Huttoft Primary School. It is not known what historical records are available.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.