Archives & Libraries

The Library at Boston will prove useful in your research.



  • Betty BRAMMER, "Holland Fen with Brothertoft - A parish history", Publ: Holland Fen Council, 2001, ISBN not known. The book won a prize from the Boston Preservation Trust.


  • The parish was in the Swineshead sub-district of the Boston 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 / 608
1861 R.G. 9 / 2340
1871 R.G. 10 / 3346
1891 R.G. 12 / 2576

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Gilbert of Sempringham.
  • The church nave was rebuilt in 1847.
  • The church chancel was added in 1854.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Saint Gilbert's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Gilbert's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2004.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1709.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland West Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

For much of its history, Borthertoft was a chapel of ease for the parish of Kirton. In official records it is recorded as a township and not a chapel. The parish covers about 1,800 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A1121 trunk road west out of Boston. It passes just south of Brothertoft.
  • Check our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Brothertoft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Brothertoft Hall is a relatively modern building.
  • The Hall is a Grade 2 Listed historical house built circa 1850 primarily of yellow brick.
  • The house was reputedly built from the proftis of growing woad.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF270463 (Lat/Lon: 52.998561, -0.108675), Brothertoft which are provided by:


Military Records

John EMERSON provides this list of names off the war memorial at Brothertoft. He notes: "War memorial 1914-1918, inside the church."

Name Notes Name Notes Name Notes
Harold CHAMBERS a John FROST b Harry MELLS a
Joseph COTTINGHAM b Arthur LEGGOTT c James POCKLINGTON Died 05/11/1917
Arthur DAFT Died 01/07/1916 Robert LEGGOTT a Charles POTTER b
Gerard EAST Died 13/10/1915 Walter MARTIN b William ROBINSON b

a - Not in CWGC database
b - Unable to ident. in CWGC database
c - Possibly A. S. LEGGOTT, died 06/10/1918


Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Kirton Wapentake in the Borough of Boston in the parts of Holland.
  • By a local government Board Order, dated 24 Dec 1880, Fosdyke Fen allotment was added to Brothertoft's civil parish.
  • Holland Fen and Brothertoft have a Joint Parish Council since the two older parishes merged. You may contact them regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history lookups for you.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Brothertoft Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • In 1666, Thomas MABLESON bequeathed the rent from 23 acres of land in Wyberton and Kirton for the poor of Brothertoft.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 102
1831 123
1871 142
1881 253
1891 235
1911 408


  • The township was included in the North-East Holland Fen United School Board district which formed on 23 Jan 1879.
  • The district built a school here in 1881 which eventually was closed and became the parish hall.
  • Some time after 1909, the children of this parish attended Hedgehog Bridge School in Holland Fen.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.