The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built here in Tanvats in 1887. The Wesleyans built a cahpel in Metheringham village in 1840. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in the village in 1850, as did the Reform Methodists. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Metheringham is both a village and a parish 10 miles southeast of the city of Lincoln and 10 miles north of Sleaford. Dunston parish lies to the north and Blankney parish to the south. The parish covers about 5,900 acres and includes the hamlet of Tanvats, which lies about 4 miles east of the village.
The large village of Metheringham almost merges with Blankney village to the south. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A15 south out of Lincoln and turn left onto the B1202 trunk road. You should be heading easterly. When you are at the B1188 junction, the village should be in front of you and to the right.
The Metheringham Delph nature preserve is located at Tanvats hamlet.
The Railway station is on Station Road (the B1189). There is a photograph on Wikipedia.
Tanvats is in Metheringham parish, in the Fen on the bank of a long drain, called Metheringham Delph. The name is self-explanatory; it was a tannery, vats being used for steeping (soaking) the skins. This usually took place a long way from a village because of the obnoxious smell. About 70 years ago there was a small but lively community which had grown up there. It is still isolated, and now almost deserted although it used to have a thriving Methodist chapel, and a school. It had a beer house which the locals said had the longest bar in the country - they had to drink on the bank of the drain! There is a bridge connecting it with Blankney, jocularly know as Tanvats Pier! The inhabitants had a sense of humour! ["tinribs," 2001].
Locals often refer to the parish as "Meg" ["Anne Cole," 2007].
A Church of England School was built here in 1840 as a Reading Room. It was purchased by Henry CHAPLIN and presented to the parish, upon which it became a school. It was enlarged in 1883 to hold 200 children.
A Wesleyan Church School was built in 1840 to hold 146 children.
A Church of England School was built at Tanvats in 1840 to hold 76 children.