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Asgarby by Spilsby

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Note: There are several Asgarbys in Lincolnshire, including the one near Heckington (Sleaford).


  • The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • In an 1891 redistricting, the parish was re-allocated to the Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 614
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369 & 2371
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Swithin.
  • The church was a small stone building with a turret.
  • The church was restored in 1882.
  • The church seated about 40.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared the church redundant in December, 1985. It was demolished about 7 months later and the site retained as a churchyard.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the churchyard on Geograph, taken in June, 2007.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1575, but Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • The last register entries are from about 1963. [Peter Woods]
  • Burial register entries for St. Swithin (1813-21, 1825-56, 1863-77 and 1882-1900) are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • In an 1891 redistricting, the parish was re-allocated to the Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Asgarby is both a parish and a small village in the Wold hills, about 5 miles due west of Spilsby. Winceby parish lies to the north, Hameringham parish to the west and Hareby parish to the south-east. The parish covered about 990 acres in the early 1800's. When the Fen allotment was released, the parish shrunk to 838 acres. By 1882, it was down to 792 acres.

The village is small. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1195 secondary road west out of Spilsby. At Lusby, turn south (left) and go about 1 mile south. The village should be on your right.
  • Check our transport page for bus service or car hires.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.

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Historical Geography

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



  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of locals riding to celebrate the Battle of Winceby (just north-west of the parish) on Geograph, taken in October, 2003.

Land and Property

  • In 1842, the principal landowners were A. D. PARKINSON and Isaac WOOD.
  • In 1872, the principal landowners were the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
  • In 1882, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners are the sole landowner.
  • In 1913, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners are still the sole landowner.


  • Asgarby Hall was occupied by John RICHARDSON in 1842, but no description of the hall is given in White's Directory.

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old Scandinavian Asgeirr+by, meaning "farmstead of a man named Asgeirr". It appears as Asgerebi in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Mrs. CAREY, Rev. Richard FENTON, John RICHARDSON, and Wm. ROBINSON.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Mrs. Sarah CAREY, Richard KENT, John RICHARDSON, Charles Edward and William Henry ROBINSON, Thomas TRAVIS and John TURNER.
  • White's 1882 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Rev. Brackenbury Dickson BOGIE, William Henry ROBINSON, and Geo. SIDNEY.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Mellor DUNHAM, William Henry ROBINSON, and Brewster WHITE.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Walter DUNHAM, Charles MACKINDER, and William Henry ROBINSON.

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 West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 59
1831 140
1841 130
1871 68
1881 70
1891 83
1901 63
1911 77
1921 54


  • There was no school built in the parish. Children attended school in Lusby parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.