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Stoke Rochford



  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1891, the district was "re-organized" and the parish assigned to the Grantham South subdistrict of the Grantham 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 / 618
1851 H.O. 107 / 2102
1861 R.G. 9 / 2348
1871 R.G. 10 / 3357
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Stoke Rochford 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

  • There was formerly a church dedicated to Saint Andrew in North Stoke, but that church was demolished some years prior to 1913.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Andrew.
  • The church appears in Simon JENKINS' book, "England's Thousand Best Churches", published by Penguin.
  • The church seats 250.
  • You can find a great photo of the church tower and the church alter at the Churchmouse site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary and St. Andrew Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Sts. Mary and Andrew Church

Church Records

  • We have a small number of parish register entries extracted into a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier. In the early 1900's, the parish was in the South Grantham Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1891, the district was "re-organized" and the parish assigned to the Grantham South subdistrict of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Stoke Rochford is both a village and a parish, although the parish is sometimes refered to as North Stoke and South Stoke. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Great Ponton, on the south by Skillington parish and Easton township.

Cringle Brook rises near the village of Stoke and feeds northward into the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1 Motorway south out of Grantham for six miles, past Great Ponton. Stoke Rochford will be on the right, and the township of Easton on the left.
  • Visitors may want to see the Easton Walled Gardens. Until World War II this place had been gardened continuously for at least 400 years.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Stoke Rochford which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Stoke Rochford 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 settlement here, but it was apparently not fortified.
  • William the Conqueror granted this parish to the ROCHFORD family, but by 1663 it had passed to the TURNORS.


  • Stoke Park manor was originally built around 1764 by Edmund TURNOR. A new mansion was built to replace the old manor house around 1842. The "park", itself, occupied about 400 acres. The Hall was severly damaged by fire in 2005 and has been restored.
  • In front of the manor was an obelisk with the inscription "In honour of Sir Isaac Newton."
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of Stoke Rochford Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Patrick MACKIE also has a photograph of Stoke Rochford Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
  • Easton Hall was rebuilt in 1805 and its grounds include a portion of the River Witham.
  • There is a photograph of Easton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK910270 (Lat/Lon: 52.832821, -0.650667), Stoke Rochford which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • The parish consisted of three townships: North Stoke, South Stoke and Easton.
  • The parish was in the ancient Winnibrigs and Threo Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • The parish was also within the Soke of Grantham.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1677, Sir Edmund TURNOR endowed six almshouses for the poor of North and South Stoke.
  • The Reverend William DODWELL left the dividends of £1,608 to care for the parish poor.
  • In 1785, the Reverend J. HARRISONS left the interest of £100 to care for the parish poor.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1800.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 322
1841 456
1871 482
1881 509
1891 421
1911 435


  • The parish school was first built here in 1840.
  • A school was built in Easton township in 1878 to hold 45 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.