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East Kirkby

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  • The parish was in the Stickney 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 / 638
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2372
1871 R.G. 10 / 3387
1891 R.G. 12 / 2601

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and is built of green sandstone and Ancaster stone.
  • Portions of the church date back to prior to 1347.
  • The church seats 242 persons.
  • A Mission room in connection with the church was built in 1896.
  • A photograph of St. Nicholas Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here are several photographs of Saint Nicholas Church, taken in early 2008 by Patricia McRORY (who retains the copyright):

Saint Nicholas Church

Saint Nicholas Church
  • Here is a photograph of the interior of Saint Nicholas, taken in early 2008 by Patricia McRORY (who retains the copyright):

Saint Nicholas interior
  • Here are four photograph of Saint Nicholas Church, taken on a sunny day in early 2008 by Patricia McRORY (who retains the copyrights):

Saint Nicholas view 1

Saint Nicholas view 2

Saint Nicholas view 3

Saint Nicholas view 4

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1583.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1862. For information and assistance in researching Methodist chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Stickney 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

East Kirkby is a village and a parish about 6 miles south-west of Spilsby and 8 miles south-east of Horncastle. The parish covers about 2,050 acres.

The Catchwater Drain passes near the village and used to be navigable all the way to Boston. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 Trunk Road south out of Spilsby and head for Boston. When you reach Keal, the A155 arterial splits off and takes you west (right) toward East Kirkby (about 2 miles from the junction).
  • East Kirkby is the home of the Avro Lancaster MkVII NX611 named "Just Jane". Look for the Lincs Aviation Heritage Centre.
  • Check out our touring page.
  • You'll know when you are there when you pass these signs, provided by Patricia McRORY.
East Kirkby village sign
East Kirkby village sign 2

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • East Kirkby started World War II with a passive role. It had a decoy airfield with wooden Whitley bombers. Still, these worked, having been attacked several times.
  • Construction of an airfield started in 1942 and was an RAF station by 20 August, 1943.
  • Lancaster bombers were taking off from the station within a week of opening. The last sortie was on 25 April, 1945.
  • The airfield was placed in a "care and maintenance" mode in November, 1945.
  • The airfield was returned to full service when the RAF and USAF arrived in August, 1954.
  • The field closed in 1958 and was sold in 1970.
  • The field is now home to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre which opened in 1989.

Military Records

  • Here is a photograph of the East Kirkby War Memorial, provided by Patricia McRORY (who retains the copyright). The memorial stands on the A155 at the crossroads:

East Kirkby Memorial

For another photograph of the East Kirkby War Memorial and a list of the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


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 West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • You can contact the local East Kirkby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues. They are NOT staffed to assist you with family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 285
1831 396
1871 299
1881 348
1891 319
1911 298