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  • The parish was in the North East sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 643
1861 R.G. 9 / 2363
1871 R.G. 10 / 3375
1891 R.G. 12 / 2596
1901 R.G. 13 / 3066


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Saxilby 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 Botolph and was partially restored in 1886.
  • Read a description of the inside of St. Botolph's from this church pamphlet transcript.
  • The church seats 350 persons.
  • The churchyard was enlarged in 1870.
  • The Mission Church of Saint Andrew was erected in 1879 near the railway station in the centre of the village. It was designed to seat 300 persons.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Botolph Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, under "Yet more Lincs churches".
  • Here is a photograph of Saint Botolph Church taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Botolph

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1563, but has not been deposited at the Archives, according to "The Phillimore Atlas and Index," 1984. However, the Bishop's transcripts are available and start in 1599.
  • We have the beginning of a Parish Register Extract in a text file. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the parish register for baptisms, 1563 - 1921; burials 1563 - 1865; and marriages 1563 - 1911.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier. For a brief period in the early 1900's, the parish was in the West Lawres Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists used an old, small chapel here prior to 1839, but built a new chapel in 1839. The Primitive Methodists used the Wesleyans' old chapel until they built their new chapel here in 1875 and the United Methodists followed with one in 1881. There was also a Free Methodist movement in the parish with a small chapel built in 1853. 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 North East sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Saxilby (sometimes "Saxelby"), not to be confused with Saxby or the Saxelby in Leicestershire, is a parish and small town about 6.5 miles north-west of Lincoln and 142 miles north of London. To the west is Kettlethorpe parish, to the north is Sturton by Stow and to the south-east lies Skellingthorpe parish. Nottinghamshire lies to the south-west. Saxilby parish covers about 4,420 acres. Included in the parish are the two small hamlets of High and Low Ingleby (or "Ingoldby") about one mile north of the main village. The parish is often refered to as "Saxilby with Ingleby".

The village of Saxilby has grown into a small town. It lies on the north bank of the Fossdyke Navigation Canal between Lincoln and Torskey on the Trent River. The River Till flows southward into the Fossdyke just east of the town. If you are planning a visit:

  • In 1913, guests were invited to stay at the Sun Hotel, Mr. Joseph R. JACKSON, proprietor. There was a Railway Hotel near the train station as well.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Saxilby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • The Romans had a camp at Saxilby and a barrow still remains just outside the village.
  • At Drinsey Nook, in an angular projecting point of Nottingham, about a mile south of Saxilby, was a noted public-house. Near it, in 1806, Thomas OTTER, alias TEMPORAL, was hung in chains for murdering his wife in 1806, on the anniversary of the day on which he married her.
  • Saxilby was a railway station on the Spalding and Doncaster section of the Great Northern and Great Eastern joint railway.
  • The old railway swing bridge that crossed the Fossdyke Canal in Saxilby was demolished in 1937 and replaced with a footbridge some fifty years later.
  • A short-lived local online newsletter was the Foss Focus, published on a website near Saxilby. That site has since gone offline, but some individual may have copies of the published web pages.

Land and Property

  • In 1871 the Crown owned two large farms in the Ingleby area.
  • The principal landowners in 1913 were the trustees of William RUDGARD, Mrs. MARSHALL, Mrs. A. E. NETTLESHIP and Charles Foster PADDISON of Ingleby. There were several small freeholds as well.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK890750 (Lat/Lon: 53.264524, -0.667101), Saxilby which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name Saxilby is of Old Scandinavian origin, Saksulfr+by, or "farmstead of a man called Saksulfr". It first appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Saxebi. In 1115, the name is documented as Saxlabi. There is a parish of Saxelby in Leicestershire, also.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • Lynne WATSON wants to share her WATSON ancestors who married at Saxilby with anyone who is interested.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Lawress Wapentake in the West Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln (Bail and Close) petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1806.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 389
1831 719
1871 1,158
1881 1,191
1901 1,055
1911 1,310


  • A Public Elementary School was erected here in 1845 (as a National School) with room for 150 children. It had to be enlarged in 1888 to seat 190 and attendance averaged 180 in 1913.
  • An Infants' School was built in 1871 with room for 80 children and attendance averaged 59 in 1913.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.