Archives & Libraries

The Library at Bourne will prove useful in your research.



  • This parish was part of the Aslackby sub-district of the Bourne 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 / 617
1851 H.O. 107 / 2095
1861 R.G. 9 / 2316
1871 R.G. 10 / 3313
1891 R.G. 12 / 2556

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • All Saints Church has portions dating to the 13th Century, although the tower and most of the structure is from the 14th Century.
  • The church is grade I listed with English Heritage.
  • The church was restored in 1857.
  • The church seats 170.
  • John BLAKESTON has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican church parish registers exist from 1538.
  • Dunsby is in the Aveland and Ness Deanery. You may wish to purchase some of the Deanery marriage indexes.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Aslackby sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration beginning in July 1837.

Description & Travel

Dunsby is both a village and a parish 4 miles north of Bourne. The A15 trunk road, formerly known as the "Great Road from London to Lincoln," passes down the west side of the parish. Hacconby parish lies to the south, Rippingale parish to the north. The South Forty Foot Drain completes the eastern border. The Carr Dyke runs through the parish. The parish covers over 2,670 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Dunsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Dunsby has a medieval standing cross about 600 meters north east of the parish church at a road junction. The cross is constructed of limestone and is a "Scheduled Monument".



  • Dunsby Hall was the residence of Thomas PICK in 1900.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF105268 (Lat/Lon: 52.827408, -0.361422), Dunsby which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial is a brass plaque mounted on a church wall in the parish church.

There is also a separate plaque memorializing Second Lieutenant William Sisson HYDE, 5th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 7 November 1918 Age 22. Son of Samuel and Lucy HYDE of Dunsby. (The presence of a separate plaque is uncertain.)


Military Records

The War Memorial plaque lists these names:

  1. Harry CHAMBERLAIN – April 22nd 1917 (not found in CWGC database)
  2. George Henry HARE, 16th Sherwood Foresters – Aug 2nd 1917 (CWGC shows died 31 July 1917)
  3. Amos Fisher HUNT, 32nd Royal Fusiliers – April 29th 1918
  4. William Sisson HYDE, 5th Lincs Regt. – Nov 7th 1918
  5. John LONGSTAFFE, 252nd Siege Bty. RGA – Dec 3rd 1918 (CWGC has surname as LONGSTAFF.)
  6. John Robert PORTER, 10th Lincs regt. – Aug 4th 1916 (CWGC shows died 5 Aug 1916)
  7. Charles Edward REDMILE, Coldstream Guards – Aug 22nd 1919
  8. Thomas WAND, 2/5 Lincs Regt. – Dec 6th 1917

Names, Geographical

  • The name Dunsby is from the Old English Dun+by, for "farmstead of Dun(n)", appearing in the 1086 Domesday Book as Dunesbi.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Aveland Wapentake in the South Kesteven district and parts of Kesteven.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they will NOT be able to do family history lookups for you.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Bourne petty session hearings on Mondays.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Bourne Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 146
1831 172
1841 195
1871 200
1881 223
1891 193
1901 256
1911 280
1921 260
1931 211


  • The parish built a National School here in 1855 that could hold 50 students.
  • The parish school closed in 1970.
  • Misty MITCHELL has a phtotgraph of the Old School Building on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.