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  • The parish was in the North East sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2363
1871 R.G. 10 / 3375
1891 R.G. 12 / 2596


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Apley area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican Parish Church was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church went into decay before 1800. By 1842, a small building on the site had been converted to use as a mortuary chapel. That was replaced with a small brick building in 1871, when the cemetery was enlarged.
  • Around 1910, the Bishop began granting special license for Sunday services to be held in the mortuary chapel.
  • St. Andrew's churchyard served both Apley and Stainfield as a burial ground. But the residents of Apley attended services in Stainfield.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • Here is a photograph St. Andrew's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Andrew Church

Church Records

  • Parish register entries start in 1561.
  • Burial register entries for St. Andrew (1813-1900) are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Apley is both a parish and a village about ten miles east of Lincoln and two and a half miles south-west of Wragby. Langton by Wragby parish lies to the east, Goltho parish to the north and Stainfield parish to the south. The parish covered about 1,660 acres in 1842, including 300 acres of woodland. The parish includes the hamlets of Hop Lane, New Apley and Kingthorpe (this last, one mile east of Apley village).

The parish is just south of the A158 trunk road as it passes between Lincoln and Horncastle, and west of the B1202 road. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • Kingthorpe was once a station on the Lincoln and Louth branch of the Great Northern Railway.

Land and Property

  • In 1842, the principal landowner was T. T. DRAKE, lord of the manor. Other owners included C. TURNOR and J. BARTHOLOMEW.
  • In 1872 and 1882, the principal landowner was T. T. DRAKE, lord of the manor.
  • In 1900, the principal landowner was T. W. TYRWHITT-DRAKE, lord of the manor.
  • In 1913, the principal landowner was William Fitzwilliam BURTON, Jnr., of Goltho Hall, lord of the manor.

Names, Geographical

  • The name origin is from an Old English appel+leah for "apple wood". In the 1086 Domesday Book, it is rendered as "Apeleia".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John CHAPMAN, John COOCKING, John Martin CONEY, Wm. GLASIER, Rt. HARDY, Jas. LANE, John LYON, Richard PARKER, Thos. PARKINSON, Thos. SHARP, John TYE and John WALES.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: William CHESMAN, William GLAZIER, Bryan HAND, Peter HAND, John HOLMES, Henry JESSUP, Richard PARKER, Thomas SHARP and John WALES.
  • White's 1882 Directory lists the following names in the parish: George ATKIN, John COPPING, Geo. DAVISON, Benj. GARSIDE, Charles GAUNT, Bryan HAND, Peter HAND, John HOLMES, Henry JESSUP, Wm. LEIGHTON, Richard PARKER, John ROBINSON and James WEST.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Leonard ATKIN, William CHESSMAN, John HOLMES, Henry JESSUP, George MAWER, Edward SAXELBY, Henry SAXELBY, Robert SERGEANT and Thomas SHARP.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Leonard ATKIN, William CHESMAN, Joseph JESSUP, George MAWER, Rebert PEPPER, Senior PEPPER, Edward SAXELBY and Robert SERGEANT.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the Bardney Group Parish Council regarding civic and political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 121
1831 152
1841 162
1851 192
1871 231
1881 189
1891 167
1911 149