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  • The parish was in the Willingham sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • After a district re-organization in 1890, the parish was in the Marton subdistrict of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish census returns for 1841 through 1901.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2120
1861 R.G. 9 / 2410
1871 R.G. 10 / 3447
1891 R.G. 12 / 2636


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Coates area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edith.
  • The Church of St. Edith is a small structure of Norman origin, having brass plates and other memorials of the BUTLER family and a bust of Brian COOKE of Doncaster, who died in 1653 at age 80.
  • The church was restored in 1883 and seats about 80.
  • The church now stands in a farm yard.
  • The church is listed in "England's Thousand Best Churches" by Simon JENKINS, publ. by Penguin.
  • There is a photograph of the Church of St. Edith on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Edith's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Coates Saint Edith parish church

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1661, but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1601.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish register entries for baptisms 1663 - 1812, burials 1669 - 1793 and marriages 1662 - 1956.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Willingham sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • After a district re-organization in 1890, the parish was in the Marton subdistrict of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Coates (Coates by Stow) is both a parish and a cluster of buildings about 9 miles south-east of Gainsborough, 9 miles north of the city of Lincoln and about 151 miles north of London. The parish itself is lies between two branches of the River Till, bordered on the north by Fillingham parish, on the west by Stow parish, and to the south by Ingham parish. The parish covered about 950 acres in 1842, later increased to just over 1,000 acres. The parish includes the hamlet of Bransby.

Coates was, in 1842, a single farm in the western Wolds. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A1500 trunk road east out of Marton. Pass thru Stow and when you cross the first branch of the River Till, you are in Coates parish.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Blackthorn Hill was a popular fox cover about 2 miles southeast of the parish.

Land and Property

  • In 1842, Mr. George MOTLEY occupied the farm, residing in the old hall which was formerly the seat of the BUTLER family. Mr. MOTLEY owned about 200 acres and the rest of the parish belonged to the executors of the late Sir John RAMSDEN.
  • In 1872, Mr. Oldham WALKER occupied the farm, but George MOTLEY still owned 200 acres. The rest of the parish was owned by Sir John William RAMSDEN, baronet.


  • The old Coates Hall was torn down between 1842 and 1872 and New Hall was erected on the same site to replace it.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Coates comes from the Old English cot for "the cottages or huts".
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Oldham WALKER, farmer; George DAVISON and William WILKINSON.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: William BELL, Alfred DAVISON and John PRESSWOOD.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: John Tom GLEW and Thomas PRESSWOOD.

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 ancient Aslacoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and all 1,034 acres amalgamated into Stow Civil Parish.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 33
1831 55
1851 46
1861 54
1871 36
1881 44
1891 54
1911 37


  • The parish was included in the Stow-by-Gainsborough School District, formed 18 January 1876. The children of the parish attended school at Sturton.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.