Archives and Libraries

  • A reading room was built in the village in 1888.


  • The parish was in the Barton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • We have a handful of 1901 census surnames in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 628
1861 R.G. 9 / 2404
1871 R.G. 10 / 3438
1891 R.G. 12 / 2629
1901 R.G. 13 / 3107

Church History

  • In ancient times the parish contained a priory of Austin Canons, founded in the reign of King John as Benedictine. The priory was dedicated to Saint Fromond.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church seats 150.
  • There is a photograph of the Anglican parish church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.
  • Here are two photographs of St. Andrew's Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):





Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1649.
  • The Family History Library has the parish register for 1649-1989 on microfilm and the Bishop's Transcripts for 1561-1837 on another microfilm.
  • We have a handful of entries in our parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1813 and the Primitive Methodists built their's in 1840. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • Stephen McKAY also has a photograph of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2007. It is now boarded up and no longer in use.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Bonby is a village and a parish in the Wold Hills, overlooking the Ancholme vale. The parish is about 6 miles due north of Brigg and 6 miles south of Barton-on-Humber. The parish covers just over 2,450 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1204 arterial road north out of Wrawby or south from South Ferriby.
  • Check our Transport page for bus or car hire services.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Bonby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Haymaker Public House at 75 Main Street is a good place to catch up on local news and views. Fred ROBERTS has a photograph of the Haymaker on Geo-graph.
  • The Haymaker was opened in 1970 as a traditional pub, but has recently been converted into a steakhouse and bed and breakfast lodging.


  • Edward DORE lived at the Hall in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA003154 (Lat/Lon: 53.625536, -0.484904), Bonby which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Bonby War Memorial at the top of the stairs on the edge of the churchyard as photographed by Robert CROFT. The cross commemorates the 13 men of the parish who died in World War I.
  • David WRIGHT also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken on a bright, sunny day in February, 2006.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Bonby War Memorial and the names listed on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Lincolnshire Council website.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Barton-on-Humber petty session hearings every other Monday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 178
1831 339
1871 413
1891 341
1911 322
2001 481


  • The first school was built here in 1855.
  • A National School was built here before 1900 to hold 85 scholars.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.