Covenham St Bartholomew



  • The parish was in the Tetney sub-district of the Louth 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 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2386
1871 R.G. 10 / 3409
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611
1901 R.G. 13 / 3087

Church History

  • William the Conqueror founded a Priory of Benedictine monks here around 1170. All traces of it are now gone.
  • The civil parish consists of two ecclesiastical parishes: Saint Bartholomew and Saint Mary.
  • St. Bartholomew Church was repaired in 1863.
  • St. Bartholomew seats 150.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared St. Bartholomew Church redundant in December, 1980. In 1984 the church was gifted as a monument.
  • St. Bartholomew Church is a Grade II listed site at British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Bartholomew's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Bartholomew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • St. Mary's Church was restored in 1901.
  • St. Mary seats 140.
  • St. Mary's Church is a Grade II listed site at British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Mary's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Peter CHURCH has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph. taken in June, 2008.
  • Here are photos of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):




Church Records

  • The parish register for St. Bartholomew dates from 1566.
  • The parish register for St. Mary dates from 1597.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here, as did the Primitive Methodists (1853) and the United Methodists. 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 Barton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Covenham is a parish about 6 miles north of Louth. In the parish are two villages, now joined; Covenham St. Bartholomew and Covenham St. Mary. Austen Fen is a small low marsh near the Louth Navigation Canal.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 Trunk Road north out of Louth and turn east (right) just before Utterby and follow that road for about 2 miles.
  • The Louth Navigation Canal forms the eastern boundary of the parish. Utterby parish forms the western border.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Covenham St Bartholomew which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Mill in Covenham was converted to a bakery. The baker used to deliver the bread by horse and cart.
  • In June, 2007, the Covenham Beck overflowed its banks causing some local flooding.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF342957 (Lat/Lon: 53.440994, 0.018931), Covenham St Bartholomew which are provided by:


Military History

  • John READMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph. taken in November, 2003.

Military Records

Nicola PIKE has provided a list of names on the War Memorial in the church of St. Mary.


Politics and Government

  • This place was two ancient parishes in Lincolnshire, but were created as a single modern Civil Parish when those were establishd.
  • The parish was in the ancient Ludborough Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or polital issues, but they are NOT staffed 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, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 284
1831 385
1841 506
1881 406
1891 347
1911 271


  • A Public Elementary School was built for both ecclesiastical parishes in St. Mary parish in 1842. Students were also accepted from Fotherby, Utterby and Little Grimsby parishes.
  • The students of St. Bartholmew parish attended school at St. Mary's parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.