• The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle 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 / 629
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • The church was restored in 1884.
  • The church tower was restored in 1912.
  • The church seats 120.
  • There is a photograph of St. Margaret's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2004.
  • Gary BROTHWELL has another view of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1708.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built their chapel here in 1864, converting an older facility into a Sunday School. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1854. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Bucknall village and parish lies about 7 miles westerly of Horncastle and covers about 2,500 acres. The hamlet of Campney Lane, which extends southward to the Witham River, is part of the parish. Horsington parish is to the south-east and Waddingworth parish to the north.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1190 arterial road west out of Horncastle for about 7 miles.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Bucknall which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Wikipedia tells us that Lady Godiva was born here circa 1000.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF169688 (Lat/Lon: 53.203429, -0.251289), Bucknall which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Royal Flying Corps used Bucknall during WWI as an emergency landing field.
  • No flight operations were conducted from this field.

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 southern division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • In 1742 Mrs. Sarah BOWERMAN left £20 for the poor parishioners.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union on 16th January 1837.


Year Inhabitants
1801 187
1811 203
1821 241
1831 276
1841 303
1851 339
1871 381
1881 336
1891 331
1901 278
1911 269


  • A National School was built here in 1854. In 1871 it was attended by about 80 children. It was enlarged in 1900 to hold 84 students.
  • The parish was entitled to send free scholars to Bardney School under the will of Thomas KITCHING.
  • The parish formed a School Board in July, 1894.
  • The current Bucknall Primary School is on the Main road and is still small, but maintains a web site with no school history.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Bucknall Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in April, 20114.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.