Bishop Norton



  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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 / 641
1851 H.O. 107 / 2114
1861 R.G. 9 / 2395
1871 R.G. 10 / 3424 & 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2623

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was restored in 1892.
  • The church seats 200 people.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of the parish church on the CurrantBun Church Photos web site.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the church on Geo-graph taken 20 October, 2005.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1598 and includes entries from Atterby.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Free Methodists built a chapel here in 1865 and the Primitive Methodists built their's here in 1872. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Free Methodist chapel on Geo-graph taken on 20 October, 2005.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Bishop Norton is a parish and village in the north of Lincolnshire, near the Ancholme naviagtion Canal. It is 9 miles west of Market Rasen and 13 miles east of Gainsborough. Atterby is a township just north of the village, which is part of this parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A15 trunk road north out of Lincoln and turn right (east) onto the A631 trunk road. After about a mile, you will be passing through Glentham. Turn north (left) and follow the signs for Bishop Norton.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Bishop Norton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Norton Place, was the property of Sir Hugh Arthur Henry CHOLMELEY, baronet, in 1900. It is about 1.5 miles south-west of the village.
  • Crossholme Manor is also in this parish. It is the seat of the ancient LAKE family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK984926 (Lat/Lon: 53.42103, -0.520777), Bishop Norton which are provided by:


Military History

  • The village had a Cold War ROC (Royal Observation Corps) post. All surface features remain intact but the low mound on which the post stood has been removed leaving the ventilation shaft on top of an 18" concrete pillar and the access shaft on 8 courses of bricks. The ventilation louvres are missing and there is some damage to the ventilation shaft. The hatch is locked with a padlock and chain.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Bishop Norton War Memorial (It's the church Lych gate) and the names on the stone tablets, 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 ancient Aslacoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Atterby township was in the Soke of Kirton.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln Bail and Close petty session hearings.
  • A Mr. GELDER, date unknown, left 5 shillings a year for the poor of this parish.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 319
1831 426
1861 364
1871 468
1891 421
1911 419


  • A National School was built here, by subscription, in 1872. It could hold 100 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.