Archives & Libraries

Bardney is served by a Lincolnshire Co. Mobile Library which makes a stop at the Village Hall every four weeks in the afternoon.



Two acres of land on Horncastle Road were purchased in 1907. Work started on Bardney Cemetery in 1909. The cemetery was extended in August 1939 and again in 1999. The first internment on the Methodist side was Susannah RICKELL on 17th December 1909. The first internment on the Anglican side was Betsy TODD on 5th January 1911.

From the Lych Gate, the land to the left side was consecrated for Anglican burials, the right side for non-conformists and non-Christians. The extension in 1939 was land that was not adjacent to the cemetery and was never consecrated for Anglican-only burials. The land acquired in 1999 was adjacent to the original cemetery.

The Reverend S. GREEN recorded the monuments in 1993 and an updated list in 2012 to the Lincolnshire Family History Society. {Thank you, Charles J Anderson]

Brian WESTLAKE has a photograph of the cemetery entrance lodge on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.

The Cemetery is administered by the Burial Board of the local Bardney Group Parish Council (see Politics).



  • The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 627
1851H.O. 107 / 2104
1861R.G. 9 / 2356
1871R.G. 10 / 3367
1881R.G. 11 / 3237
1891R.G. 12 / 2588
1901R.G. 13 / 3058

Church History

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

Church Records

  • Parish register entries start in 1653, but Bishop's transcripts appear to go back to 1561.
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • There are over 2,400 burial register entries for St. Lawrence (1813-1900) included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There were three Wesleyan Methodist chapels in the parish: one at Bardney, built in 1837, to seat 450 people, one at Southrey, built in 1838, with 100 sittings, and one at Bardney Dairies, with 100 sittings. The Primitive Methodists built a chapel at Bardney in 1858.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Bardney Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.
  • 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

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

Description & Travel

Bardney is both a large parish and a large village about 129 miles north of London and midway between Lincoln and Horncastle. Stainfield parish lies to the north, Branston parish to the west, Tupholme parish to the west and the River Witham to the southwest. The parish covered about 5,400 acres and included the hamlets of Southrey (or Southrow), Snakeholme and Bardney Dairies.

Bardney village is at the intersection of the B1202 coming south out of Wragby and the B1190 as it runs between Horncastle and Washingborough, just southeast of Lincoln City. Southrey is about 2.5 miles southeast of Bardney village, right on the northeast bank of the River Witham. Snakeholme and Bardney Dairies are two miles north of Bardney village. If you are planning a visit:

  • There are caravan parks near the village of Southrey and northwest of Bardney.
  • The trains stopped running to Bardney and Southrey in 1970.
  • Check for bus service from the Lincolnshire Road Car Company of Lincoln.
  • The woodlands around Wragby and Bardney are the remnants of Bardney Forest.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
  • When you enter the village, look for the village sign (provided here by Patricia McCRORY, who retains the copyright).




You can see pictures of Bardney which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Bardney was reportedly occupied by the Romans.
  • Both Bardney village and Southrey once had their own railway stations on the Louth to Lincoln line of the Great Northern Railway.
  • In 1844 an Act of Parliament (amended in 1856) enabled the draining, embanking and improvement of the fen lands and low grounds of the parish.
  • A gas works was established here in 1863 to light the town.
  • Sugar beets are processed at a British Sugar plant here.

Land & Property

  • In 1913, the principal landowners were John S. SHARPE, lord of the manor, Robert Charles de Grey VYNER, the trustees of the late John Earle WELBY, William Wykeham TYRWHITT-DRAKE, W. F. BURTON, J. D. BLANSHARD and William VARLOW.


  • Bardney Manor, was the ancestral seat of the TYRWHITT family.


  • The national grid reference is TF 1269.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF119694 (Lat/Lon: 53.209894, -0.3259), Bardney which are provided by:


Military History

  • The RAF opened an airfield here in April, 1943.
  • The RAF turned the field over to the Army for vehicle storage in 1945.
  • The facility became a Thor missile site from 1959 - 1963.
  • The airfield was closed in 1963.
  • Squadron 9, from this airfield, dropped a tallboy bomb on the German warship Tirpitz. See the Memorial for Squadron 9.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the 9 Squadron Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the disused airfield, RAF Bardney on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in December, 20078.

Military Records

The hamlet of Southrey lost 5 men in World War I. They are:

  1. Harry M. AMOS, the son of Cornelius and Dorothy Ann Amos of Nottingham.
  2. James Henry ELLIS - born Bardney in 1894.
  3. George HEMINGWAY - unable to identify (possibly born Hartstead, YKS).
  4. John REYNOLDS - husband of Amy Dorothy Chapman Reynolds of Southrey (not found in CWGC database).
  5. Alick WARE - son of Samuel and Martha Ware of Martin, born 1896.

Visitors to St. John the Devine's Church in Bardney can now purchase a published book on all the servicemen from the village who gave their lives from 1914-2014. [Thank you, Ann PEPPER]


Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from Old English Beardan+eg, meaning "island of a man called Bearda". In 731 it is found as Beardaneu and in the 1086 Domesday Book as Bardenai.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the Bardney Group Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to provide family history assistance to you.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Knowle's Charity of £10 yearly, left in 1603 by Joseph and John KNOWLE of Willoughby, and Thomas BARTHOLOMEW's Charity of 1820 of £1 and 1s were given to the poor as bread.
  • In 1711, Thomas KITCHING dedicated property to generate revenue for the Free School and for relief of poor widows, apprentices and children in Bardney and neighboring parishes. The charity was still in operation in 1913. KITCHING also built the almshouses known as Peter HANCOCK's Hospital.
  • Jo TURNER has a photograph of Hancock's Hospital almshouses on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2015. The buildings are now a Grade 2 Heritage site.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.




  • Kitching's Charity School was built in 1845. It was founded in 1711 by Thomas KITCHING for the poor children of Bardney, Southrey, Tupholme and Bucknall.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the old Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • The Wesleyan School was built in 1856.
  • Southrey had its own Public Elementary School, apparently built before 1900.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.