Claxby (Well)



  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2377
1871 R.G. 10 / 3395
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The present white brick building replaced an older thatched structure. It was built in 1846.
  • The church was restored in 1897.
  • The church seated about 110 people.
  • The church was declared redundant by the Diocese of Lincoln in February, 1990. In October of that same year it was sold for use as a studio/workshop.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1699.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Claxby is a village and a parish about 3 miles south of Alford. The parish covers about 1,000 acres. Well parish is to the north and Willoughby parish to the southeast.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1196 arterial road south out of Alford to reach Claxby.
  • See the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Claxby (Well) which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Near the village is evidence of a large Roman camp and a barrow.


  • The Manor House, built in 1760, was the seat of the ancient WELL family, and was for a long time the property of the DASHWOODs. It became the vicarage house in 1830.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF451714 (Lat/Lon: 53.219448, 0.171919), Claxby (Well) which are provided by:


Military Records

For a photograph of the Claxby War Memorial and the name on it and the monument in the churchyard, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directopry of Lincolnshire places this parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • You can contact the Claxby St. Andrew Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed or funded to help you with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish was amalgamated into the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings every other Tuesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 78
1831 101
1871 95
1881 99
1891 87
1911 85


  • The children of this parish attended school in Well and Willoughby.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.