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  • The parish was in the Marton sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • Below are the census Piece Numbers, where known:
 Piece Numbers
1851 H.O. 107 / 2120
1861 R.G. 9 / 2411
1871 R.G. 10 / 3449
1891 R.G. 12 / 2637


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Knaith 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 Mary.
  • The church shares a hillside by the river with the old Hall.
  • The church tower is a fragment of the church of the Cistercian nunnery (see below).
  • The parish church also encloses a part of the Church of Heynings Nunnery, a Cistercian house founded in 1180 and dissolved in 1539. Much of the present structure dates from the 14th century.
  • The church chancel was destroyed at the dissolution and the church was reformed in 1630.
  • The church was restored in 1894.
  • The church is a Grade 2 listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church only seats 90.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1575.
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract text file. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • Burial register entries for St. Mary (1821) are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Marton sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Knaith is both a village and parish in the north of Lincolnshire. The parish lies 3 miles south of Gainsborough. Willingham by Stow parish lies to the east and the Trent River to the west. Nottinghamshire is on the other side of the River Trent. The parish covers about 1,400 acres.

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Historical Geography

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


  • The Old Hall, on the banks of the Trent, in 1949 was described as "charming with black-and-white walls and clustering old chimneys". It was the birthplace of Thomas SUTTON, who was Queen Elizabeth's Master of Ordnance in the north. In his old age he founded the Charterhouse School and Hospital in London.
  • The Hall was also the home of Lord Willoughby of Parham, leader of the Parliamentarian troops in Lincolnshire during the Civil War.
  • In 1900, the Hall was the home of Major Henry Charles Hynman ALLANBY.
  • The Hall is a Grade 2 listed building with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Knaith Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK828846 (Lat/Lon: 53.351800, -0.757530), Knaith which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Well Wapentake (Well Hundred) in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • On 24 March, 1884, the parish was reduced in size by transferring Thurlby Wood to Upton Civil Parish.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 53
1831 63
1851 116
1861 105
1871 89
1881 88
1891 86
1901 91
1911 139
1921 179
1931 188


  • The author of this page has found no mention of a school in Knaith.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.