• The parish was in the Winterton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • We have a partial extract from the 1861 census. It is a text file: 1861 Bottesford Names.
  • We have a partial surname extract from the 1901 census. It is a text file: 1901 Bottesford Surnames.
  • 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 / 2102
1861R.G. 9 / 2401
1871R.G. 10 / 3435
1891R.G. 12 / 2628
1901R.G. 13 / 3106

Church History

  • The 1086 Domesday Book records a Saxon church at Bottesford.
  • The present Anglican church is dedicated to St Peter Ad Vincula (St. Peter in chains) and is about the same age as Lincoln Cathedral.
  • Roundhead soldiers are thought to have stabled their horses in the church and marks on the porch are said to have been made by soldiers sharpening their weapons.
  • In 1965 the area around the church was given over to grass and many of the gravestones were removed.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter in Chains Church on Geo-graph, taken in September 2005.
  • And Paul SIMPSON has a photograph of St. Peter ad Vincula on his website.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Peter's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • There is also a photograph of Saint John the Baptist's Church in Burringham on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here are two photographs of Saint John the Baptist's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):





Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1603, but transcripts go back to 1599.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a Kirton Lindsey area Burials Index, 1813 - 1900, which you may find useful.
  • Check the Manlake Deanery to see existing Marriage Indexes.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • You can see the Baptist Church at Geo-graph photographed by Jonathan THACKER.
  • There was a Primitive Methodist chapel built in Yaddlethorpe in 1873. For information and assistance in researching Primitive Methodist chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Winterton 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 & Travel

Bottesford is a village and a parish in the north of Lincolnshire, with the village now part of the Scunthorpe conurbation. The parish itself lies to the WSW of Scunthorpe, just south of Burringham parish and extends to the River Trent. East Butterworth and Messingham parishes are to the south. The western portion of the parish is rural farmland. In ancient times, the parish included the hamlets of Ashby, Burringham, Holme and Yaddlethorpe. Bottesford Beck is a small stream in the parish. In 1861 the parish covered 7,470 acres.

Ashby became its own parish in 1899. Burringham also became a parish in its own right from portions of Bottesford.

The "village" of Bottesford is bounded the Bottesford Beck on the south. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is perhaps best reached off of the A159 trunk road that runs between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough.
  • If you expect to visit Bottesford, bring your golf clubs. The Holme Hall Golf Club, Holme Lane, Bottesford, DN16 3RF, Tel: 01724 862078 sports 18 holes.
  • Stop and visit Green Acre Park overlooking the River Trent and Valley Park, alongside Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe Hall.
  • Check our touring page for Lincolnshire.
You can see pictures of Bottesford which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Measles epidemics swept the parish in 1901 and 1906. Influenza did the same in 1891, 1894, 1907, 1910 and 1918. For more on the history of the parish, see the North Lincolnshire Library Local Studies site.
  • The Lincolnshire Film Archive holds a 7.5 minute silent colour film made in 1972 showing attractive old buildings and Bottesford village scenes, but few people.
  • Due to the growth of Scunthorpe, iron mining and steel work, the parish has grown considerably in population since 1800.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visited the parish on her Golden Jubilee tour in 2002.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE897079 (Lat/Lon: 53.560064, -0.647282), Bottesford which are provided by:


Military Records

Joseph JALLANDS, a waggoner born in Dunstan, LIN, and his wife Emma, born in Bottesford, had a son Ernest H. JALLANDS, serving in the Royal Field Artillery, who won a Distinguished Conduct Medal on 30 April 1915 at the Battle of Ypres for saving several horses of a team he was driving after they had been shelled by German artillery. He also stopped another team of run-away horses on 2 May 1915. The parents had four sons serving in the military during WWI.


Names, Geographical

  • The meaning of the name Bottesford is from the Old English Botl+ford, for "ford by a house or building".
    A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • In the 1086 Domesday Book the name appears as "Budlesford".

Names, Personal

  • After the enclosure of Bottesford in 1795, the claim of Thomas PEACOCK to be lord of the manor was accepted and his descendants treated accordingly. One of these descendants, Edward PEACOCK (1831 - 1915), was a noted antiquarian and historian who kept over 15,000 books in his library at Bottesford Hall. The MORLEY family also held a great deal of land in the parish.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Manley Wapentake in the North Lindsey division in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Bottesford is now a ward in the town of Scunthorpe.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Lincolnshire Council website.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1795.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.
  • There are no poor law documents at all for Bottesford in the Lincoln Archives. [Anne Cole]
  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Winterton petty session hearings.




  • A National School was built here in 1846. Bottesford County Primary was in operation by 1880.
  • Leys Farm Junior School opened here in 1966 with 93 pupils.
  • The local secondary school, the Frederick Gough School, was built here in 1960 as Ashby Grammar School.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.