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North Coates



  • The parish was in the Tetney sub-district of the Louth 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 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2386
1871 R.G. 10 / 3409
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the North Coates 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 Nicholas.
  • The church was completely restored in 1865.
  • The church seats 152.
  • A photograph of the Anglican parish church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of St. Nicholas taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1660.
  • We have started a parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1837. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

North Coates is a village and a parish. The parish extends inland from the North Sea about 10 miles south of Grimsby and 11 miles north-east of Louth. The parish covers about 2,340 acres and includes the hamlet of Thoresby Bridge.

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Historical Geography

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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA350007 (Lat/Lon: 53.485691, 0.033148), North Coates which are provided by:

Military History

  • An army camp was opened at the North Coates Fitties in 1914.
  • On 4 August, 1914, a BE2C landed here as the first recorded aircraft landing at the site.
  • It became a military airfield in mid-1918, but closed in 1919. It was an important refueling stop for aircraft.
  • The facility was reopened in 1927 as an armament practice camp.
  • In February, 1940, the facility became RAF North Coates.
  • It was closed and reopened a few times in the late 40s, but in October, 1963, it became a Bloodhound SAM site.
  • There is a North Coates Strike Wing Memorial at nearby Cleethorpes.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the aircraft hangars on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the war gravess in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
  • The parish still sports an old casemate of type FW3/26 from World War II.

Military Records

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial on the parish green on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.
  • You can see the list of names from the Strike Wing War Memorial at the Roll of Honour site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name North Coates often appears as "North Cotes" in official records.
  • "Cotes" is an ancient word for cottages.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire, but was created as a modern Civil Parish when those were establishd.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can connect with the parish council on Facebook for civic or political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty sessional courts.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 154
1831 215
1841 225
1871 323
1881 266
1891 262
1901 257
1911 233


  • A mixed school was opened here in 1866 to hold 60 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.