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  • The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the 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 / 627
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2367
1871 R.G. 10 / 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was renovated in 1900.
  • The church seats about 140.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared St. Peter's Church redundant in November, 1983. It was retained by the parish as a monument in 1988. The church is no longer open for services, but the burial yard is available to local people for internment.
  • There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of St. Peter's western tower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.
  • Here is a photograph St. Peter's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Peter Church

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1686, although Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • We have the beginnings of the church parish register extract in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel wes erected here in 1866. The Baptists also held services in the parish for many years in a chapel near Goulceby village. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration starting in July 1837.

Description and Travel

Asterby is both a town and parish six and half miles north of Horncastle and eight miles southwest of Louth. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Stenigot parish, to the west by Goulceby and on the south by Hemingby. The parish is in the heart of The Wolds. In 1871, the civil parish covered about 900 acres, but that was enlarged by 1900 to 1,100 acres. The ecclesiastical parish included Goulceby.

Asterby is a small village, often not marked on many modern maps. In was more populous in ancient times (see Population). If you are planning a visit:

  • The town is easily accessed as it lies just north of the A153 trunk road between Louth and Horncastle.
  • Silverines Meadow is a grassland area preserved by the Lincolnshire Trust. Map co-ordinates are TF 259787.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Historical Geography

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



  • In 1821, at Hall Close, three human skeletons and a dirk were dug up.

Land and Property

  • In 1842, Sigismund Trafford SOUTHWELL, Esq., owned the greater part of the parish and was lord of the manor.
  • In 1872, William S. TRAFFORD, Esq., was the principal landowner and lord of the manor. William PINNING and Benjamin HARRISON also had estates in the parish.
  • In 1900, William Henry TRAFFORD, Esq., of Wroxham Hall, Norfolk, was the principal landowner and lord of the manor.
  • In 1913, William Henry TRAFFORD, Esq., was the principal landowner and lord of the manor.

Names, Geographical

  • The name of Asterby comes from the Old English and Old Scandinavian combination easterra+by or "easterly farmstead".
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • The name also appears in old records as Asserby and Aisterby.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: FOWLER, HARRISON, KIRKBY, MARTIN and TRAFFORD.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: ASHLEY, BONNETT, FISHER, GRAHAM, GRIFFIN, HOWARD, LEE, LEONARD, WALTER and WRIGHT.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: ASHLEY, BURKITT, EAST, ENDERBY, FAULKNER, GRAHAM, GRIFFIN, HOWARD, PATCHETT and SMITH.

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 Gartree 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.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • The common lands were enclosed here around 1790.
  • In 1638 Anthony ACHAM left a yearly rent charge of £2 and 10 Shillings for the poor, which was distributed in bread.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 154
1811 199
1821 189
1831 231
1841 256
1851 313
1861 304
1871 295
1881 213
1891 166
1901 154
1911 137
1921 149
1931 117
2001 103


  • A public elementary school was built here for the children of this parish and Goulceby about 1756, partly endowed by Anthony ACHAM. The school was rebuilt in 1826 and again in 1865.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.