Parish registers exist from 1599, as do the Bishop's transcripts.
The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish register entries for baptisms 1600-1858, burials 1600-1898 and marriages 1600-1847.
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here, as did the Primitive Methodists, both before 1842. For more on these chapels and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
Willoughton is both a parish and a village in a valley about nine miles east-northeast of Gainsborough and four miles south of Kirton. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Blyborough parish, to the west by Corringham parish and to the south by Hemswell parish. The parish covers about 2,700 acres.
Willoughton village sits just off the main roads. If you are planning a visit:
The village can be accessed off of the A631 trunk road east of Gainsborough. Turn north at the B1398 and go about two miles and the village will be on your left.
Stop by the Village Hall and get a schedule of current events.
In ancient times, the parish belonged to the Abbey of St. Nicholas by Angiers and the Knights Templar. The Templar estates then passed to the Knights Hospitallers, who had a preceptory here. At the Dissolution, the Hospitallers property passed to the John COCK and John THURGOOD, but the Abbey lands were granted to King's College. The perceptory stood on the spot now called Temple-Garth.
From 1842 through 1912, the chief landowners in the parish were the Earl of Scarborough and King's College, Cambridge.
The name Willoughton comes from the Old English wilig+ton for "village where willow trees grow". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Wilchetone. A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.