• The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln 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 / 2104
1861 R.G. 9 / 2356
1871 R.G. 10 / 3368
1891 R.G. 12 / 2588

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and appears to date from the 13th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1874, with the exception of the tower. The church was reconsecrated in February, 1876.
  • The Anglican parish churchyard was enlarged in 1890 and again in 1910.
  • The church seats 250.
  • There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Peter's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1564.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There were chapels here for the Wesleyan Methodists, the Primitive Methodists and the Wesleyan Reform 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 South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Dunston is a village and a large parish a few miles southeast of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, just south of Nocton parish. Metheringham parish is to the south. The parish covers almost 3,400 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Dunston Brook at Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • By automobile, take the B1198 trunk road, south out of Lincoln. Just past Nocton, about a mile further on, the village will be to your left, just off the road.
  • For bus service, check Lincsbus Info.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Dunston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Dunston had an "inland lighthouse," one of the few in England. There is more information on the Dunston Pillar page.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Red Lion Public House at Geo-graph, taken in 2008. The Red Lion has been in operation for over 100 years.
  • The Red Lion has its own website but no history!
  • These are the names associated with the Red Lion in various directories:
Year Person
1842 George ROBINSON, vict.
1856 George ROBINSON, vict.
1872 William BAILEY and John ROBINSON, victualler
1882 Mrs. Elizabeth BAILEY, victualler
1900 Joshua GRESHAM
1913 Joshua GRESHAM
1930 Joshua GRESHAM
  • The White Horse Inn out in Dunston Fen near Methringham has over a 100-year history. This Inn closed in 2009.
  • These are the names associated with the White Horse Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1856 -- not listed --
1882 Martin QUINSEY, farmer and victualler
1882 Martin QUINCEY, frmr. and ferryman
1900 William RYLATT
1913 Cornelius AMOS
1930 Cornelius AMOS
  • These are the names associated with the Butcher's Arms in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Thomas ELVIDGE, vict.
1856 Thomas RAWSON, butcher and vict.
1872 John RICHARDSON, butcher and victualler
1882 John RICHARDSON, victualler
1900 Joseph PARSONS
1913 Joseph PARSONS
1930 Joseph PARSONS


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF065630 (Lat/Lon: 53.153668, -0.409412), Dunston which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the second division of the ancient Langoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Lincoln South petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 279
1841 518
1851 594
1871 598
1881 782
1891 652
1901 572
1911 577
1921 532


  • A Public Elementary School was erected here in 1852 and later enlarged. It was enlarged again in 1890 to hold up to 135 children.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of this old school at Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.