• The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The nave and chancel were rebuilt by E.J. WILLSON in 1835 out of yellow brick but the short medieval west tower had the top part rebuilt also in the 19th century.
  • The interior of the church was restored and reseated in 1888.
  • The church seated about 60 people.
  • The church at Buslingthorpe was declared redundant in 1984. It is still usually open to visitors on obtaining the key as instructed.
  • The church is now in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. According to Arthur Mee's, "The King's England - Lincolnshire":
"Buslingthorpe. Its modest little church, standing in a field, has two treasures from the past -- memorials of the De Buslingthorpes who were lords of this manor three centuries before the Tudor Dynasty."
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • Here is a photograph of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1760 for burials and baptisms and from 1762 for marriages.
  • We have a handful of entries extracted from the Buslingthorpe parish register. Your additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS provides a photograph of the Memorial to Charles and Hannah ODLING family on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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 are 4 miles southwest of Market Rasen and 11.5 miles northeast of Lincoln. Two or three miles north east of Snarford and 1/2 mile east of Faldingworth lies St Michael's Church with just two or three cottages and a partially moated manor house to the east of the church. The parish covers about 1,400 acres.

The Medieval village is pretty much gone. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Buslingthorpe which are provided by:





J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Odling family memorial plaque in the church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.


Historical Geography

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



  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Site of Buslingthorpe village at the Geo-graph website, taken in November, 2013.
  • The village had a station on the Lincoln, Cleethorpes and Hull branch of the Great Central railway in the late 1800s.


  • The family of DE BUSLINGTHORPE (also seen as BOSELYNGTHORPE) held this place from circa 1170 to the 15th century. It afterwards passed to the TYRWHITT family.
  • The manor house was gone by 1912, but traces of the moat still remain.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of Manor Farm at the Geo-graph website, taken in 2007.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF080852 (Lat/Lon: 53.352652, -0.379372), Buslingthorpe which are provided by:


Military Records

For a photograph of a War Memorial plaque in the church, see the Flickr web site.

There is a second War Memorial plaque in the church. See the Flickr web site.

These images can also be seen at the Imperial War Museum site.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Lawress or Walshcroft Wapentake (depending on date) in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey
  • The parish gained over 300 acres from surrounding parishes in 1887, bringing it up to 1,407 acres in size.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but they hold periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civil and political issues.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 48
1831 55
1851 51
1871 57
1891 82
1911 88