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  • The parish was in the Binbrook sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish 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 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2384
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609


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


Church History

  • This section has been moved to a separate page because it contains several church photographs.

Church Records

  • Parish register entries only start in 1688, but Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • Burial register entries for 1818-1999 are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The Society of Genealogists has baptisms from 1688 to 1806.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier. Around 1900, the parish was part of the Louthesk Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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 and Travel

Biscathorpe is a parish on the River Bain, eastsoutheast of Louth, almost midway between Burgh on Bain and Donington on Bain. The parish covered about 860 acres of the Wold Hills. Prior to 1900, the parish was slightly larger, 1,050 acres.

Biscathorpe "village" is a small collection of houses and does not appear on most maps as it is so small. If you are planning a visit:

  • By car, take the A157 northeast out of Wragby toward Louth. At Burgh on Bain turn south. About a mile south of Burgh on Bain and you are in Biscathorpe parish.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.

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Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • From 1872 through 1913, the principal landowner was the estate of William WHITLAM, late lord of the manor.


  • Biscathorpe House, sometimes called Biscathorpe Hall, is a handsome manor house of stone. In 1913, it was the residence of William Rainey FIELDSEND and was the property of the late William WHITLAM.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of Biscathorpe House on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

Names, Geographical

  • The origin of the name is unknown. Thorpe is Old Scandinavian for a "secondary settlement."
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • The name is often rendered with an extra "R" as in Biscarthorpe.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Thomas KIRKHAM and John BOOTH, both farmers.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Thomas KIRKHAM and Rev. Dionysius Prittie O'CONNOR.
  • White's 1882 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Joseph KIRKHAM, Robert KIRKHAM, Thos. KIRKHAM, Rev. Dionysius Prittie O'CONNOR and Rev. SWALLOW.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Rev. Reorge Henry Herbert COLDWELL, Joseph Rinder KIRKHAM and R. R. KIRKHAM.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Rev. Reorge Henry Herbert COLDWELL, William Rainey FIELDSEND and John SMITH.

Politics and Government


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 43
1831 45
1871 77
1881 62
1891 68
1911 50


  • The children of this parish attend school at Donington on Bain.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.