Boothby Graffoe



  • The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • There is an index and transcription of the 1861 census now available on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below shows census piece numbers, where known:
Piece Numbers
1841 H.O. 107 / 615
1851 H.O. 107 / 2104
1861 R.G. 9 / 2354
1871 R.G. 10 / 3364
1891 R.G. 12 / 2587

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The first known church here was blown down by a hurricane in the year of the Great London Fire.
  • The second was torn down in 1842 and the third church erected that same year. The existing church is built of stone.
  • The church seats about 130.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Andrew's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1720.
  • The Lincolnshire Archives have the parish register from 1720.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie 8 miles south of Lincoln and between Coleby and Navenby. Aubourn parish is to the northwest and Metheringham parish to the east. The parish covers just over 2,000 acres.

The village sits high on the Cliff range, near the old Ermine Street (the Roman road from London to the Humber River). If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A15 trunk road south out of Lincoln and turn off at the B1202 road. Take that west to Boothby Graffoe village, just across the A607 trunk road.
  • Matthew SMITH provides a photograph of the Main Street on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Boothby Graffoe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Anthony BEKE, Bishop of Durham, obtained a license from Edward I to crenellate his mansion at "Saubretonne" or "Somerton" in this parish. Portions of this structure remain. It is locally known as Somerton Castle.
  • Boothby Hall was the seat of Charles Edward MARFLEET. It was erected in 1867, built of stone.


  • The national grid reference is SK 9859.
  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey "Explorer #272" map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
  • You can get a map of the Village Conservation Area in Portable Document File format (requires Adobe Reader) from the North Kesteven District Council.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK986593 (Lat/Lon: 53.121767, -0.528082), Boothby Graffoe which are provided by:


Military Records

For a photograph of the Boothby Graffoe War Memorial and the names inscribed on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Graffoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln South petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1774.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 174
1841 214
1871 200
1881 168
1891 188
1901 166
1911 173
1921 188


  • A National School was built here in 1851 to hold up to 50 children. Average attendance was about half that number.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.