• The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • A portion of the parish was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg 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 / 627
1861 R.G. 9 / 2392
1871 R.G. 10 / 3420 & 3429
1891 R.G. 12 / 2621

Church History

  • The local Anglican Church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church has undergone restorations in 1780 and 1878.
  • The church seats 120.
  • A photograph of All Saints church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church in the snow on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.
  • Here are two photographs of All Saints. One is of the church tower and the other is of the church entrance. Both were taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):





Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1696.
  • All Saints contains monuments and effiges of the TYRWHITT and SKIPWORTH families. One TYRWHITT tomb dates to 1581.
  • We have the beginnings of a Parish Register Extract in a text file for your use. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lies south of Barnetby le Wold and north-west of Caistor. Somerby parish lies to the south-east. The parish covers about 3,450 acres and includes the hamlet of Kettleby.

The hamlet of Kettleby lies about 1.5 miles west of the Bigby village. This hamlet is where Kettle, a captain of the Dane Knute, is said to have resided. A portion of Brigg township incorporates the western edge of the parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is on the A1084 trunk road between Caistor and Brigg..
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Bigby Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010. You should drop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • Check the resources on our Transport page for bus and car hire services.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Bigby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

  • In 1881, the principal landowner was V. D. H. CAREY-ELWES, lord of the manor. Other landowners were the MAW, METCALF and other families.


  • The TYRWHITT (pronounced Tirrit) family is very old and once had a mansion in the hamlet of Kettleby in this parish. They appear in the lists of Sheriffs of Linconshire as far back as at least 1482.
  • Kettleby House bears the date of 1769. The former Manor House used to occupy the same spot.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA059073 (Lat/Lon: 53.551658, -0.403012), Bigby which are provided by:


Military Records

For a photograph of the Bigby War Memorial and the two names on the plaque, see the Roll of Honour site.


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 east division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in North Lindsey district of the county.
  • You can contact the Bigby Parish Council concerning civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 178
1831 190
1851 270
1881 294
1891 265
1911 235


  • A National School, shared by the parishes of Bigby and Somerby, was built in 1871 to accommodate 50 children. In 1881, the average attendance was about 30.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.