Ashby Puerorum



  • The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • 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 / 2108
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599

Church History

  • This section has been moved to another page due to size. Church History includes several photographs.

Church Records

  • The Church of Saint Andrew has brasses in memory of the LITTLEBURY (LYTLEBURYE) family.
  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1657.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier. In 1900, the church was in the rural Hill Deanerey, which no longer exists.
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tetford 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

Ashby Puerorum is both a small village and a parish in the Wold hills, five miles east of Horncastle and ten miles south of Louth. Somersby parish lies to the north and Greetham parish to the west. The parish covers about 1,620 acres and includes the hamlets of Holbeck and Stainsby.

Ashby Puerorum village is a small place in a low valley. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • In 1794, a labourer cutting a ditch discovered a Roman sepulchre of a stone chest holding a green glass urn.

Land and Property

  • In 1842, the principal land owners were S. D. TOTTON and Charles FARDELL.
  • In 1872, Lady COLTMAN owned the puerorum estate and was lady of the manor. The other land owners included Earl MANVERS and R. S. BETTS.
  • In 1882, Earl MANVERS owned the Stainby estate, but most of the rest of the parish was owned by William B. and Francis J. COLTMAN.
  • In 1900, the principal landowners were William B. COLTMAN, Francis J. COLTMAN, Earl MANVERS and Frederick W. S. HEYWOOD.


  • The manor house is Holbeck Lodge, built in 1823 on a rise called How Hill, 4.5 miles northeast of Horncastle. It is sometimes called Clapgate House, from a tradition that the troops, assembled there the night before the Battle of Winceby, were alarmed by the clapping of the lodge gate. The lodge occupies 70 acres, which contained three small lakes in 1900.
  • Stainby House was formerly the seat of the LITTLEBURY family. In ancient times it was a large mansion, but by 1872 was reduced to a simpler residence, occupied by Mr. Edward S. CLARKE.


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Military History

  • There appears to be no war memorial in this parish.

Military Records

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in St. Andrew's churchyard from World War II:

  1. Bernard SANDALL, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 19, died 31 Aug. 1944. Son of Herbert and Maria SANDALL of Ashby Puerorum.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Ashby is from the Old Scandinavian Aesc+by, or "farmstead where ash trees grow". Puerorum is from the Latin for "boys" (or, losely, "children"). The Latin part was added to distinquish the name after an estate was established here for the support of a boys' choir for Lincoln Cathedral. The village appeared in the 1086 Domesday Book simply as Ascheby.
    ["A. D. Mills, A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

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 ancient Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and all 1,632 acres amalgamated into Somersby Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • The common fields were enclosed here around 1777.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 99
1811 91
1821 117
1831 101
1841 102
1851 117
1871 133
1881 147
1891 121
1911 127


  • A small school was built here before 1872. A National School was erected in 1878, funded by the COLTMAN brothers.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.