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  • The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle 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 / 644
1851 H.O. 107 / 2108
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Somersby 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 Margaret.
  • The church is an ancient sandstone building. We know that the church was built some time before 1612.
  • The church was restored in 1863-5.
  • The church only seats about 80 people.
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet laureate, was baptised in this church.
  • There is a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.
  • Here is a photograph of St. Margaret's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Margaret's church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1573.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Directories of the 1900s place the parish in the North Hill rural deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

6 miles north-west of Spilsby and 7 miles east-north-east of Horncastle, Somersby is both a village and a small parish in the Wold hills. Tetford parish and Salmonby parish lie to the north and Bag Enderby parish to the south. The parish covers about 600 acres (in 1881 and 1900).

The village is just a short walk southeast from Tetford. If you are planning a visit:

  • Stop and see Somersby Quarry - This small outcrop of Spilsby Sandstone shows perfectly the softness of this stone and its khaki-green colour when exposed to weathering. Although this quarry is now disused, stone has been used to repair nearby Somersby Church.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Somersby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Alfred Lord TENNYSON was born in August, 1809, and raised here. Here is a photo of Tennyson House, Somersby.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Tennyson Memorial in St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.


  • The Manor House was occupied by John BAUMBER in 1872.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF344726 (Lat/Lon: 53.233416, 0.012181), Somersby which are provided by:

Military History

  • When the troopship "SS Transylvania" was torpedoed in May, 1917, Lieut.Col. Richard Stanley WORSLEY was one of the casualties. His memorial is the organ in St. Margaret's Church.
  • In 1915, Godfrey B. MESSINGBERD-MUNDY was made temporary Captain of the 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regt. In 1930 he owned property here in Somerby.
  • There are no Commonwealth War Graves in St. Margaret's churchyard.
  • There appears to be a War Memorial cross standing outside the church door in this photograph of the St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph. It is, however, a cross from around 1400.

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 Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's Directories of Lincolnshire, both the 1900 and 1913 issues, place the parish in the South Lindsey district.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 76
1811 73
1821 95
1831 69
1841 59
1851 64
1871 54
1881 43
1891 46
1911 47


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