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Wigtoft

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Swineshead sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Kathryn Lake Hogan provides this partial surname list from the 1871 census: HUMPHREY, HUBBERT, LAKE, ALLWELL or ALEWELL, WALKER, MILLER, LISTER, BAKER.
  • We have a small snapshot from the 1891 Census in a text file for your review.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2339
1871 R.G. 10 / 3346
1891 R.G. 12 / 2576
1901 R.G. 13 / 3041

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wigtoft 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 was dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church structure is of various dates. The lower part of the tower is Norman.
  • The church was restored in 1854 and again in 1891-92.
  • The church seats 250.
  • A photograph of Sts. Peter and Paul Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of Sts. Peter & Paul church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Peter and St. Paul Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Saint Peter and St. Paul Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1618.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland West Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1839. The Wesleyan Methodists had one in 1862. 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 Swineshead sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish lies 7 miles south of Boston, 11 miles north of Spalding and just west of Sutterton parish. The parish covers about 3,300 acres and includes the hamlets of Burtoft and Hoffleet Stow.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A17 trunk road between Sleaford and Holbeach runs right thru the village.
  • Visit "The Conifers" on Golden Grove in WIgtoft, PE20 2PU and enjoy their trees.
  • Check our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Wigtoft which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

Manors

  • Easthorpe Court was the mansion and manor house of the HOWSON family. The house has since been torn down.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF260360 (Lat/Lon: 52.906644, -0.127915), Wigtoft which are provided by:

Military History

The parish church has a stained-glass window and an alabaster tabled which were dedicated in December, 1920, to the 19 men who died in World War I.

The church also contains a parchment book with the names, records and, in most cases, photographs of everyone from the parish who served in World War I.

Military Records

Michael Peck advises: I recently stumbled across 2 unusual Rolls of Honour (one for WW1 and another for WW2) at Wigtoft (St Peter and St Paul Church). They are unusual in that they have a short record of the service of the men (and 2 women) involved and, most importantly, most have a photo attached. Unfortunately the books are beginning to show the effects of damp and the photos are of variable quality,

WW1 Died: WW1 Served Abroad: WW1 Served Home: WW2 Died: WW2 Served:
John Curtis Chesman Joseph Wm. Aspland Charles Herbert Bugg James Henry Bradshaw Roland Carrott
Herbert Cyril Cummins Fredk. Wm. Baxter Percy Barton (no photo) Albert Henry Firth Fredk Wm. Elkington
Ernest Dawson Percy Collyer Baxter Stanley Chambers David Harris Gough John Charles Firth
Joseph Goldsmith Fred Bannister Arthur Cope Peter Murray Rogerson Norwood Firth
Albert George Grocock Ernest Beecham Harry Drinkall Ralph Edward Summerfield Reginald Firth
Albert Grooby Jessie Bosnell John Franks   Helen Elizabeth Leggott
(nee Haseler)
John William Harrison Harold Hurrell Bowser Ozhare Johnson   Geo. Kenneth Louth (no photo)
George Hilton Horace Arthur Bradbury Geo. Edward Moses   Arthur Edward Massam
Fred Hollingsworth Arthur Leslie Bugg Walter Murley   Charles Wm. Massam
Arthur Ernest Hufton Robert Geo. Bugg Herbert Robert Padley   Norman Padley
Norwood Levers Thos Edward Bugg Geo. Alec Sanderson   Ronald Padley
Richard Moses Sidney Chambers Fred Robinson Taylor   John Alfred Patchett
Ernest Albert Moulds Robert Henry Collins Horace Herbert Taylor   Robert Rae Rogerson
John Wm. Moulds John Cope Arthur Twigg   Wm. Sanderson
Frank Rodgers Joseph Cecil Copeland Joseph Whaley (no photo)   Bertha Mary Smith
(nee Prestige - no photo)
Albert Scarboro Frank Sidney Lake Crawford     Albert Thompson
Thos Scarboro Harold Creasey     Frank Thompson (no photo)
  Frank Sydney Diggins     Herbert Thompson
  Arthur Diggle     Walter Thompson
  Arthur Elkington     Leslie White
  John Wm. Elkington    
  Walter Elkington    
  Charles James Wm. Firth    
  Frank Crane Fovargue    
  Fred Goldsmith (no photo)    
  James Goldsmith    
  Robert Goldsmith
  Cyril Norman Graves
  Leonard Arthur Graves
  Arthur Grooby
  Herbert Grooby
  George Hall
  Geo. Edward Harrison
  Geo. Wilfred Hicks
  Charles Hutton
  John Wm. Hollingsworth
  Wallis Bourne Jackson
  Albert Wm. Kennerley (no photo)
  Fredk. Geo. Massam
  John Richard Moses
  Walter Moses
  Frank Leonard Neve
  Harry Porter
  Arthur Raynor
  Albert Richardson
  Arthur Richardson
  Fred Richardson (no photo)
  Herbert Richardson
  Jesse Richardson
  John Geo. Richardson
  Ernest Rodgers
  John Thos. Rylott
  Wm. Sanderson
  Geo. Scarboro
  Wm. Robert Oliff Sharpe
  Harry Tasker
  Harry Dawson Taylor
  Reuben Herbert Taylor
  Wm. Thompson
  Geo. Herbert Tunnard
  Francis Wilson
  John Edward Young

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 Kirton (in Holland) Wapentake in the Boston Borough and parts of Holland.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1773.
  • Land was set aside for the poor. It generated £24 a year in 1848.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 536
1811 555
1821 637
1831 697
1841 713
1851 741
1871 699
1881 675
1891 653
1901 693
1911 723
1971 445

Schools

  • A Free School was established here in 1714 by William BLISBURY and rebuilt in 1830.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.