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Martin Dales


  • The parish was in the Billinghay sub-district of the Sleaford 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 / 623
1861 R.G. 9 / 2341


  • St Hugh, Martin Dales Drove, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Martin Dales 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

  • Saint Hugh's iron mission church, in Martin Dales, was erected in 1891 as a Chapel of Ease to Holy Trinity Church.

Church Records

  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Martin is both a village and a parish, and lies 12 miles north-north-east of Sleaford and 14 miles south-east of Lincoln. This area of Lincolnshire is very, very flat.

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Historical Geography

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


  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer 273 map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF168623 (Lat/Lon: 53.145031, -0.255129), Martin Dales which are provided by:

Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.

Politics and Government

  • In 1894, a portion of this parish was taken to help form the new civil parish of Woodhall Spa (by Local Government Board Order No. 31,760, dated Sept. 17, 1894).
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Gartree 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 Sleaford petty session hearings every Monday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 41
1831 60
1841 58
1871 82
1911 55


  • The children of this parish attended school at Roughton.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.