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  • The parish was in the Grantham sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • An 1890 re-organization placed the parish in the "Grantham North" sub-district of the Grantham 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 / 620
1861 R.G. 9 / 2352
1871 R.G. 10 / 3363
1891 R.G. 12 / 2586


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Londonthorpe 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 John the Baptist and is built of stone.
  • The interior was restored and reseated in 1879.
  • The church seats 162.
  • The church has its own web site with photographs and information.
  • Here are two photographs of St. John's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. John's church

St. John's church

Church Records

  • Parish registers reportedly exist from 1539. Bishop's Transcripts exist from 1562 through 1813.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Grantham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here in 1838 and enlarged in 1889. Check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grantham sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • An 1890 re-organization placed the parish in the "Grantham North" sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Londonthorpe is both a small village and a large parish. The parish is about 110 miles north of London and lies about three miles east of Grantham along the old Ermine Street (now the B6403). The parish itself is bounded on the north by Belton parish, to the east by Welby parish, west by Grantham, and to the south by Somerby parish. The parish covers about 1,710 acres.

The village of Londonthorpe is about three miles northeast of Grantham's center and just east of Belton House. If you are planning a visit:

  • It is probably easiest to take the A52 east out of Grantham, then north on the B6403 about three miles brings you to Londonthorpe on the west side of the road.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Londonthorpe which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • In 1871, nearly all of the parish was held by Earl BROWNLOW.
  • In 1913, the greater part of the parish was held by Earl BROWNLOW.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK950370 (Lat/Lon: 52.922000, -0.588395), Londonthorpe which are provided by:

Military Records

For a photograph of the Londonthorpe War Memorial and the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old Scandinavian lundr+thorp, meaning "outlying farmstead or hamlet by a grove". It appears as Lundertorp in the 1086 Domesday Book. You will find more recent spellings both with and without the final "e", and also split into "London Thorpe," etc.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BRAKENBURY, BRETT, GIBSON, GOODSON, HARVEY, NIXON, PALMER, ROSS, WATSON and WHITE.
  • Kelley's 1900 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BAXTER, BRETT, BURTON, CLARK, FARBON, HARVEY, LLYOD, ROSS, WATSON and WHITE.
  • Kelley's 1913 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BAKER, BAXTER, BURTON, CHAMBERS, FARBON, LYNN, PAWLETT, POOLE, WADSLEY and WILSON.

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 Loveden Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • The parish was also within the Soke of Grantham.
  • In April, 1931, this Civil Parish was abolished and merged with Harrowby Without Civil parish.
  • The local parish governance is handled by the Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Council. Note: They are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union in 1837.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 125
1841 182
1851 222
1861 228
1871 227
1891 173
1911 181


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1851 and enlarged in 1876. In 1913 it was attended by 35 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.