• The parish was in the Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 628
1851H.O. 107 / 2109
1861R.G. 9 / 2333 and 2375
1871R.G. 10 / 3392A & 3393A
1891R.G. 12 / 2572
1901R.G. 13 / 3043

Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, reputedly built soon after 1363.
  • The above church was restored in 1889-90.
  • The church seats 250.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Peter & St. Paul Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2003.
  • David HITCHBORNE also has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • The Anglican parish church of New Bolingbroke is dedicated to Saint Peter and was built in 1854.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of Saint Peter at New Boliungbroke, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561 for baptisms, 1559 for marriages and 1538 for burials.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1900. 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

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

Description & Travel

Bolingbroke is a parish west of Spilsby and east of Horncastle. Hareby parish lies to the west and Mavis Enderby parish to the north.

Bolingbroke village consists of two parts, Old Bolingbroke and New Bolingbroke, although the latter is rarely listed on maps and directories. If you are considering a visit to the parish:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road southwest out of Spilsby and turn north at Keal.
  • A stream flows through the parish and joins the Hagnaby Beck.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Bolingbroke which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, had a son here on 3 April 1366, known as Henry of Bolingbroke, afterwards King of England as Henry IV.
  • Even in the 1800s, people were expected to pay their debts. Thank you, Mark in Barcelona.
  • During World War II, the rector of Old Bolingbroke was prosecuted for ringing his church bells in defiance of a wartime ban. The ban required the church bells to be rung only in the event of an invasion.


  • Bolingbroke had a castle, which was captured by the Parliamentary forces in October, 1643, it was partially dismantled and left to decay.
  • The Lincolnshire County Council hosts a web site on Bolingbroke Castle.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of Work Going On around the castle on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • David HITCHBORNE also has a shot of the Siege re-enactors on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2003.


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF351649 (Lat/Lon: 53.164086, 0.019373), Bolingbroke which are provided by:


Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Roll of Honour inside the church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • David HITCHBORNE also has a shot of the War Memorial in winter on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.

Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "Bolling Brook". [Simon Meeds, 2001]

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also the centre of the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • New Bolingbroke is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1858 from parts of Bolingbroke, Asgarby, Freiston, Mavis Enderby, Miningsby, Raithby and Revesby parishes. The parish is on the Boston to Horncastle road and was in the East Holland Deanery. It is closer to Carrington than it is to Old Bolingbroke.
  • In late December, 1880, this parish was reduced in size to help create Wildmore Civil Parish and Carrington Civil Parish.
  • Both Kelly's Directory of 1900 and the one from 1913 place the parish in the South Lindsey district.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings held every other Monday.
  • We have an index of Bolingbroke Removal Orders provided by Anne COLE. You will need to look at the actual order in the Lincoln Archives if you find a name of interest to you.




  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1841 to hold 200 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.