• 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 632
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 Michael.
  • The original church here is thought to date to pre-1583.
  • The church was rebuilt in stone in 1849-50.
  • The 1949 series "The King's England" by Arthur MEES advises that Driby had "a little stone church completely rebuilt last century".
  • The church was declared redundant by the Diocese of Lincoln in October, 1974. It was converted for residential use in February, 1978.
  • The church seats only 80.
  • There is a photograph of St Michael's Church on the Geograph site.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1622.
  • The parish register for burials covers only 1815-1941.
  • Please help by adding to our Parish Register Extract text file for other researchers.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • After 1880, the church boundaries were re-organized and this church became part of the rural Hill No. 1 Deanery. All family history records will be in the indexes for Bolingbroke Deanery.
  • 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

This village and parish are 4 miles west of Alford and 6 miles north of Spilsby. The parish covers just under 1,400 acres.

Driby village has always been a small place. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road south from Louth past Swaby. The village will be on the right, about 1 mile before the A1028 intersection.
  • By bus or coach, check the Carlberry Co. bus schedule.
  • For information on visiting, see the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Driby which are provided by:



  • We have a couple of Directory quotes for Driby.



Historical Geography

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



  • Driby Manor was, for over two centuries, the estate of the knightly family of DRIBY.
  • The Manor later passed to the PRESCOT family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF388745 (Lat/Lon: 53.249039, 0.078707), Driby which are provided by:


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Candleshoe 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.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings every other week.


Year Inhabitants
1801 66
1831 89
1851 88
1871 100
1881 117
1891 115
1901 85
1911 75
1921 68
1931 52
1951 52
  • The postal code for this parish is LN13.


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