Description in 1871:
"SEWSTERN, a chapelry in Buckminster parish, Leicester; 1 mile S S E of B. village, and 5¼ E N E of Saxby r. station. Post-town, Colsterworth, under Grantham. Real property, £2,424. Pop., 307. Houses, 67. The manor belongs to the Earl of Dysart. The living is annexed to Buckminster. The church was built in 1842; and there is a Wesleyan chapel."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Waltham sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1861 R.G. 9 / 2304
1871 R.G. 10 / 3298
1891 R.G. 12 / 2546

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1842.
  • An older chapel existed but was destroyed many years before 1842.
  • The parishioners attended church at Buckminster while waiting for the new chapel to be built.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church seats 130.
  • The church holds a feast on the Sunday after October 10th.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Framland (second portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here prior to 1849. A new chapel was built as a replacement in 1904.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Waltham sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.

Description & Travel

Sewstern is a village, a township, a chapelry and a parish 10 miles south of Grantham, 9 miles east-north-east of Melton Mowbray and 123 miles north of London. The parish is in the Wold Hills and is bordered by Gunby parish in Lincoln county to the east and Wymondham parish to the south. The parish covered about 1,200 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B676 arterial road east out of Melton Mobray toward Colsterworth (Lincolnshire). Turn south at Buckminster and go about 1 mile to find Sewstern village.
  • There is bus service to Sewstern from Melton Mowbray.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012. You should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Sewstern which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Most of the parish land was held in pasturage. Much of the remaining land was used for small farms.
  • Small scale iron mining, in open pits, occurred here in the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Blue Dog public house on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
Year  Person
1849 Mrs. Ann GRICE
1855 Richard GRICE
1861 Richard GRICE, vict.
1881 Thomas GRICE
1912 Arthur DYER
1925 Henry ARMSTRONG


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK892218 (Lat/Lon: 52.786414, -0.678812), Sewstern which are provided by:


Military History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memrorial cross on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.


Military Records

From the War Memorial:

Name Rank Regt. Unit Died Notes
George Thomas ARMSTRONG Lance Corporal Lincs. Regt. B Co., 7th Batn. 14 Sept. 1918 Enlisted in Grantham. Wife: Lillie. Son of Alfred Armstrong and and his wife Mary.
Alfred William ARMSTRONG gunner Australian Field Artl. 2nd Div. 7-May-1917 Son of Alfred Armstrong and and his wife Mary.
John Thomas DEATH stoker 1st class HMS Invincible   31-May-1916 Son of Charles Thomas Death and his wife Alice Elizabeth.
Strawson Christopher TRAFFORD private Durham Light Infantry 1/5 25-Sept-1916 birth registered in third Qtr, 1895, Melton Mowbray District, Leics.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in the parish of Buckminster and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
  • On 24 March, 1884, the parish was reduced in size with parcels going to Buckminster Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1936, Sewstern Civil Parish was abolished and the remining 1,117 acres went to Buckminster Civil Parish.
  • See Buckminster Civil Parish for local and district governance links.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Melton Mowbray petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 202
1861 307
1871 232
1881 201
1891 203
1901 167
1911 189
1921 222
1931 241


  • A Council School was built here around 1860, enlarged in 1873 and rebuilt in 1898. It could hold 120 children.
  • The children of this chapelry/parish attended the National School at Buckminster.
  • The school lies on the border between Sewstern and Buckminster.