Archives & Libraries

The Library at Grantham will prove useful in your research.

Alternatively, the Library at Sleaford can provide similar resources.



  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1890 district re-organization, the parish was transfered to the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham 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 / 615
1851 H.O. 107 / 2102
1861 R.G. 9 / 2347
1871 R.G. 10 / 3354
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • The church was built around 1200.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1870 in a simpler design.
  • The church will seat about 100 persons.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Margaret's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under her "Still more Lincolnshire churches".
  • Robert DANYLEC has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2005.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.
  • Here are two photos of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The parish register contains baptisms from 1770, marriages from 1759 and burials from 1773.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several indexes (marriage and burial) for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The National Burial Index (NBI) covers 286 Braceby burials from 1813 to 1994, (with gaps).
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1890 district re-organization, the parish was transfered to the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Braceby is a village and parish about 7 miles east of Grantham and 4 miles west of Folkingham. Ropsley parish lies to the west and Sapperton parish to the south. The parish covers only about 900 acres.

The village sits on a rise. It is currently designated a Conservation Area. If you are planning a visit:

  • Braceby is a small village, a hamlet really, but it has over 1,000 years of history.
  • Just east of Braceby, the parish has planted a new woodland to restore some of the native trees to the area.
  • You may want to see what's new at the Braceby Village website.
  • Check the Carlberry Company website for coach schedules.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Braceby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Manor House, which is near the church, was partly rebuilt in the 1800s. It bears a date of 1653.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF016354 (Lat/Lon: 52.906439, -0.490782), Braceby which are provided by:


Military History

Braceby was an emergency landing field during Work War I. No flight operations were conducted from this field.


Military Records

For a photograph of the Braceby War Memorial plaque in the church and the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

  • Pt. John Cheavins No. 37219
    7th E Yorks killed in action in France
    12th April 1918 age 25 yrs
  • Pt. Frederick Cheavins No. 40966
    8th Leics died of wounds in Belgium
    22nd October 1917 age 27 yrs

Monumental Inscriptions

J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of Anne TOWNE's Tomb Slab from 1630 on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.


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 Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven in the 19th century.
  • The parish was also in the Grantham Soke until the 1830s.
  • In 1931, the Civil Parish of Braceby was abolished and merged into the combined Civil Parish of Braceby and Sapperton.
  • You can contact the local Ropsley and Humby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues. They are NOT staffed to assist you with family hisotry questions.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate petty sessional hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 71
1841 155
1851 151
1861 168
1871 138
1881 115
1891 96
1901 77
1911 89
2001 26


  • In the 1800s, the parish children were attending school in nearby Ropsley and Newton parishes.
  • The village school was built after 1913 and closed in 1958. The students transfered to another school.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.