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Ashby cum Fenby

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Note: There are several Ashby villages, both in Lincolnshire and other counties. Please make sure that you are searching in the correct one for your relatives.
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Census

  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
     
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby Registration District.
     
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 626
1861R.G. 9 / 2390
1871R.G. 10 / 3416
1891R.G. 12 / 2620
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
     
  • The church is a small but ancient stone structure with some sections dating to the Norman period.
     
  • The church was thoroughly repaired in 1845.
     
  • The church tower was repaired in 1886.
     
  • The church seats 150.
     
  • There is a photograph of Saint Peter's church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
     
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Peter's church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.
     
  • Here is a photograph St. Peter's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
     

 

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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1723. The former register was destroyed.
     
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a 1641/2 Protestation Return for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
     
  • Kelly's 1912 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the rural deanery of South Grimsby.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodist's had a chapel built here in 1836. Find out more at our non-conformist religions page.
     
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
     
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby Registration District.
     
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

This is a pair of villages and a parish which covers almost 1,700 acres. It lies 154 miles north of London, 3.5 miles southwest of Holton-le-Clay and 6 miles south of Grimsby.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1203 secondary road south out of Grimsby for about 5 miles.
     
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
     
You can see pictures of Ashby cum Fenby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA255006 (Lat/Lon: 53.487155, -0.110013), Ashby cum Fenby which are provided by:

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Military History

  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the War Memorial inside the church, behind the altar, on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.
     
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Military Records

For a photograph of the Ashby War Memorial and the name on the wooden plaque, see the Roll of Honour site.

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Names, Geographical

  • Ashby is quite a common village name in the Lincolnshire area. The origin of the name is probably Old Scandinavian Aski+by, for "Aski's farmstead", but it could also derive from the words for "farmstead where ash trees grow".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
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Politics & 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 Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the Central Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
     
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of the county. The 1913 edition does the same.
     
  • The parish is politically a part of the Waltham Ward of North East Lincolnshire.
     
  • You can contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
     
  • For today's district governance, see the North East Lincolnshire Council website with similar restrictions.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Around 1630, Lady Francis WRAY built almshouses here for six poor men or women.
     
  • In 1641, Sir Christopher WRAY, son of Lady Francis, endowed the almshouses with the yearly rental from property of £30.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish was part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
     
  • In 1890, this parish was transferred to the new Grimsby Poor Law Union.
     
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty session hearings.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801132
1811154
1831179
1841211
1871296
1881264
1891227
1911188
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Schools