• The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • In the 1841 census you will find a double entry for Cawkwell. This is due to the fact that Cawkwell had been "detached and made into a separate schedule". The names are identical.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 630
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2367
1871 R.G. 10 / 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was built of brick, and torn down in 1893 because of decay. The materials were used for the restoration of the church at Scamblesby.
  • Churchgoers then used the church at Scamblesby.

Church Records

  • Anglican parish register entries exist from 1683. Bishop's Transcripts exist from 1561.
  • The IGI Batch numbers for Cawkwell are C026141 for baptisms, 1576-1839, and M026141 for marriages.
  • You can E-mail Helen Wilson, who has an incomplete list of Burials from 1824 to 1900.
  • There are only 22 burials on the NBI for Cawkwell, covering from 1824 to 1900.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Cawkwell is both a hamlet and a parish. The parish is small and lies about six miles south-east of Louth and about seven miles north of Horncastle. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Stenigot and Withcall parishes, to the west by Asterby and on the south by Scamblesby. The parish is on a rise in The Wolds and covers only about 650 acres. A small spring in the parish feeds the River Bain, which lies two miles to the west.

The village of Cawkwell is small enough to qualify as a hamlet. If you are planning a visit:

  • The town is easily accessed as it lies on the A153, midway between Louth and Horncastle.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Cawkwell which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • In 1913, the principal landowner was John Edward DAVY.


  • Cawkwell was the site of an ancient Norman manor house. The Library at Nottingham has several references to deeds and property exchanges related to the Manor, some as far back as 1609.
  • The manor was apparently abandoned around 1855.


  • See our "Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF281798 (Lat/Lon: 53.299287, -0.079651), Cawkwell which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the old English calc+wella, meaning "chalk spring or stream". It appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as calchewelle.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following individuals in Cawkwell: Rev. George BABB, MA, vicar; David BRIGGS, farmer, Cawkwell House; AARON GRIFFIN, farmer and parish clerk; and William SPENCER, bailiff, Cawkwell House.
  • In the 1901 census, the following surnames occur in Cawkwell: HARRISON, PARKER, PAUL, ROBSON, SANDS, SKIPWORTH, WILKINSON, WINCH, and WRIGHT.
  • Kelley's 1913 Directory lists the following individuals in Cawkwell: Arnold Edward DAVY, farmer, Cawkwell House; William GOODWIN, farmer, Glebe farm.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



Year  Inhabitants
1801 20
1811 25
1821 34
1831 44
1841 47
1851 40
1871 37
1881 45
1891 39
1911 43


  • The webpage author could find no record of a school at Cawkwell and suggests you look at Scamblesby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.