• The parish was in the Saltfleet sub-district of the Louth 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 / 626
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2385
1871 R.G. 10 / 3407
1881 R.G. 11 / 3265
1891 R.G. 12 / 2610
1901 R.G. 13 / 3086

Church History

  • A priory of Gilbertine nuns and canons was dedicated here to the Virgin Mary and Saint Adelwold. It was founded during the reign of Henry II. The chapel was restored as St. Mary Church to serve the adjoining parish of North Cockerington. It was restored in 1841 but has since been declared redundant.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of St.Mary's chancel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Adelwold, apparently of Norman origin.
  • The church seats 110 persons.
  • A photograph of St. Adelwold's church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photograph St. Adelwold's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • Here is a side view of St. Adelwold's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1590.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1836. The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here, built in 1848. The United Methodists (earlier "Free Methodists") built their chapel in 1854. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • John READMAN provides a photograph that includes the Wesleyan chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Saltfleet sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Alvingham is a village and a parish just 4 miles northeast of Louth. The parish covers about 1,800 acres and is bordered on the south by Keddington parish and North Cockerington parish.

The village of Alvingham sits just north of the River Lud canal that runs from Louth to Tetney Lock on the North Sea. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road south out of Grimsby toward Louth. From Louth head west to Alvingham village (about 3 miles).
  • Better behave during your visit! Simon HUGUET provides a photograph of what awaits you on Geo-graph, taken in Sept., 2008.
  • Visit our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Alvingham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Alvingham 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 TF363912 (Lat/Lon: 53.400034, 0.048581), Alvingham which are provided by:


Military History

  • On the outside wall of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel is a marble tablet in memory of those who served in World War I.

Military Records

  • John READMAN provides this list for Alvingham parish.

ALVINGHAM & COCKERINGTON - ROLL OF HONOUR (from the parish church)

Surname Given names Unit or vessel Died Notes
Bratton Charles 20th Notts 01 Dec 1915
Wright Sidney 8th Lincs 02 July 1916
Hand Samuel 14th Durham 18 Sept 1916
Hand Charles 5th Lincs a
Hand Fred R. Engs. a
Hand Robert 3rd Lincs a
Phillipson Charles R. Engs. a
Phillipson George 5th Lincs
Bett Thomas Lincs. Yeomanry a
Bett Roy R.F.A. a
Grundy Fred R.F.A. a
Grundy Charles 3rd Lincs a
Trafford Percy 3rd Lincs a
Trafford Fred A.M.C. a
Trafford Owen R. Engs a
Trafford Morris A.M.C. a
Bowers Charles A.M.C.
Thompson John A.M.C. b
Thompson Neville L. Fusiliers a
Portas Charles 6th Lincs a
Johnson Sydney 6th Lincs a
Ashley William 2/5 Lincs a
Blades William 2/5 Lincs a
Blades George Northumberland Fusiliers a
Shucksmith Thomas Royal Mark a
Lill Samuel 13th East Yorks a


  1. = Not in CWGC database
  2. = Need more info

John advises: "There is a separate list in the Wesleyan chapel in Alvingham."


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 Marsh division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • The poor had 20 Shillings per year, from a fund left by a Mr. MADDISON (undated).
  • The Common Lands and open fields were enclosed here in 1819. As a result of that enclosure, the parish had two cottages, divided into 4 tenements, for the occupation of poor families.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 214
1831 292
1841 313
1871 353
1881 267
1891 251
1901 249
1911 260