• The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth 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 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2379
1871 R.G. 10 / 3398
1891 R.G. 12 / 2606

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1848.
  • The church was reroofed and restored in 1884.
  • The church seated only about 90 people.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared St. Margaret's Church redundant in July, 1980. In 1982 the church was demolished and the site used to expand the churchyard.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Margaret's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1862. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are 135 miles north of London and midway between Louth and Alford. The parish of Authorpe covers about 941 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village lies just south off of the A157 which travels between Louth and Mablethorpe.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.



Historical Geography

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



  • In addition to grain crops, the parish was known for its bricks and tiles.
  • By 1871, the Great Northern Railway's East Lincolnshire Line had a station here.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF399809 (Lat/Lon: 53.306572, 0.098138), Authorpe which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were incorporated.
  • In August, 1882, this parish was reduced in size by transferring a portion of land to Muckton Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The citizens of Authorpe parish have elected, due to the small population, to have periodic Parish Meetings rather than have a formal Parish COuncil.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were held in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • In 1708, Thomas TAYLOR left an annual grant of 30 Shillings for the poor.
  • In 1832, the open fields (about 120 acres) were enclosed.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 85
1811 94
1831 121
1841 117
1871 186
1881 159
1891 119
1901 125
1911 130
1921 110
1931 112


  • There was a small Dame School for infants here.
  • Older children attended school in nearby Withern, Aby and South Reston.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.