This was the site of a Roman station and many Roman coins have been found in fields around the village.
Folklore passes down the story of a "Wild Man of Stainfield" who lived in the woods near the village. There are several versions of his story, but his clothes and helmet hang in the village church. You can read his story in "Folklore around Horncastle," by the Reverend James Alpas PENNY, publ. 1915.
There are two version of how the parish got its name:
Tradition has it that the Saxons fought the invading Danes here to protect their land, leaving a blood-soaked field near the village. Thus the "stain" and "field" of the parish name.
The name Stainfield is more likely from the Old Scandanavian Steinn+thviet, or "Stony clearning". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Stentvith. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].
This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish after December, 1866.
The parish was in the western division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county.
In the 20th century, the parish has merged with nearby Hacconby to become the "Hacconby and Stainfield Parish". You can contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history research.