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Wroot

Cemeteries

Census

  • Wroot was part of the Epworth sub-district of the Thorne Registration District (which is mostly in Yorkshire).
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.

The Lincolnshire Family History Society has published surname indexes on fiche or in booklet form for each of these census years under the title "Gainsborough with Isle of Axholme". These are available by credit card from the Federation of Family History Societies Bookstore with worldwide shipping. Please note that these are SURNAME indexes only, and do not show first names, age or relationships.

Year LDS Film/Fiche No. Piece Numbers LFHS Surname Index
1841 0438770 H.O. 107 / 650 Fiche
1851 0087608 H.O. 107 / 211x Booklet
1861 0543146 R.G. 9 / 3523 Fiche
1871 0847318 R.G. 10 / 34xx Booklet
1881 1342136 R.G. 11 / 329x
1891 6098978, 2 fiche R.G. 12 / 3868 Booklet or Fiche

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wroot 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 Pancras.
  • The church here has a long and interesting history. Tradition has it that the church was burned down along with the rest of the village during the Black Death plague circa 1348. The new village was built to the north, but the church was rebuilt in the same location as before.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1794 and again in 1879.
  • There is a photograph of the church at the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photographs web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Pancras Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Pancras Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Pancras Church

Church Records

  • The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has the parish register on microfilm covering 1573 to 1968 and the Bishop's Transcript from 1599 to 1851 on another microfilm. The source is also available at the Lincolnshire Archives.
  • Check the Isle of Axholme Deanery to see which LFHS marriage indexes exist.
  • The village also boasted chapels for the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists in the 1800s. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page. (JB)
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the 1870 Wesleyan chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
  • Wendy PARKINSON has a photograph of the 1870 John Wesley Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Epworth sub-district of the Thorne Registration District (which is mostly in Yorkshire).
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Wroot is the western-most parish in Lincolnshire, about 5 miles west of Epworth and ten miles north-west of Gainsborough where the three ancient counties of York, Nottingham and Lincolnshire meet. The old bed of the River Torne formed part of the north and western parish boundary. Haxey parish lies to the south-east. The parish covers about 3,250 acres of flat moorland.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Watch for the SIGN! Trevor WILLIS has a photograph of the 1870 Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • Near the heart of the village is the Village Hall. J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Wroot which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

History

  • Wroot is one of the eight original parishes in the Isle of Axholme in the far northwest corner of Lincolnshire.
  • See the histories and descriptions of Wroot provided by the Isle of Axholme FHS.

Maps

  • The national grid reference is SE 7103.
  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE714034 (Lat/Lon: 53.522418, -0.924503), Wroot which are provided by:

Military History

There is a photograph of the War Memorial at the New Wroot Photographs site.

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the 1870 War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Wroot is from the Old English Wrot, meaning "snout-like spur of land." It is first recorded in 1157 as Wroth.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • The surname WROOT is considered "peculiar" to Lincolnshire, meaning that it is thought to have originated here.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Manley Wapentake in the Gainsborough district (sometimes given as West Lindsey division) in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In the 1972 redistricting, the parish became part of the Boothferry District, which is now in the County of Humberside (formerly Lindsey, Lincolnshire).
  • District governance is currently provided by the North Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Thorne Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Epworth petty session hearings.
  • Here is a Christmas event from the Lindsey Quarter Sessions:

BASTARDY RECOGNIZANCE dated 16 April 1806. Mother: Ann WILSON of Wroot. Putative father: Benjamin POGSON of Wroot Labourer. Female child born 25 Dec last at Wroot. [LQS A/1/337/24]

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 210
1811 261
1821 285
1831 289
1841 335
1851 349
1871 391
1881 356
1891 333
1901 356
1911 379
2001 446

Schools

  • A school was built here in 1836.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.

Societies