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Wrawby cum Brigg


  • A cemetery of four acres was formed in 1857. It had two mortuary chapels.
  • St Mary, Melton Road, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • We have a handful of 1901 census surnames in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 650
1851 H.O. 107 / 2116
1861 R.G. 9 / 2398
1871 R.G. 10 / 3428
1891 R.G. 12 / 2625 & 2626
1901 R.G. 13 / 1301


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wrawby cum Brigg 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 Mary the Virgin.
  • The church was restored in 1870.
  • The church seats 400 persons.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates back to 1675. The earlier registers were destroyed by a fire in 1713. Some earlier entries may be on the Bishop's Transcripts.
  • For records prior to 1850, many, many of the records in the Wrawby register were in fact for people living in Brigg [which didn't get its own parish church till the mid 1850s]. Wrawby was a small rural place with no great population, but Brigg at this time was a hugely thriving inland port, absolutely next door to Wrawby, with thousands of ships a year. Many of the Wrawby records are of watermen who travelled the inland water circuits of the county. [Rex Johnson]
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Over time the parish has hosted several non-conformist chapels. The Wesleyan Methodists and the Independents each had a chapel here. The Wesleyan one was built in 1827. The Primitive methodists followed with one in 1853. The date of the Independent chapel is unknown. 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 Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Wrawby is both a village and a parish in the north of Lincolnshire, just east of the River Ancholme. The parish lies about 160 miles north of London and a mile north-east of Brigg. The parish is part of the low cars (see our Geographic Names page) or marshes. The parish of Wrawby also incorporates much of the town of Brigg and covers over 3,000 acres.

The village of Wrawby is about three miles east of the old Roman road, Ermine Street, now the A15 trunk road. Kettleby is a hamlet, usually associated with this parish, but actually in the parish of Bigby. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A18 trunk road east out of Brigg to Wrawby.
  • Chris ALLEN has a photograph of a Working post-mill on Geo-graph, taken in June, 1996.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Wrawby cum Brigg which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA020086 (Lat/Lon: 53.564100, -0.461405), Wrawby cum Brigg which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Wrawby was also a Township, a different political entity to a parish. In 1892, the part of Wrawby included in the Brigg Urban District was added to Brigg civil parish.
  • Due to the creation of Brigg parish, one should also check the Brigg Parish profile.
  • The parish was in the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The Parish Council meets in the Village Hall early each month.
  • District governance is currently provided by the North Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The poor received 40 shillings yearly, left by Mrs. Helen TRIPP in 1687, out of land at Cadney.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Brigg petty session hearings.


Please note: Any population figures for Wrawby parish may include the inmates and staff of the Poor Law Union workhouse (e.g. 1871).

Year  Inhabitants
1801 283
1831 742
1861 1,257
1871 2,631
1881 748
1891 709
1901 703
1911 747
1921 841
1931 830
1951 777
2001 1,293


  • The National School was built here in 1842. In 1871 it was attended by about 100 children. This school was enlarged in 1895.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.