East Torrington



  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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 / 647
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The current church building was erected in 1850 on the site of an earlier church.
  • The church seats 80.
  • David WRIGHT provides a photograph of the church on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Michael'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 Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish lies about 5 miles south-south-east of Market Rasen and two miles north-west of East Barkwith. Sixhills parish lies to the north. The parish covers about 1,420 acres.

This was an agricultural parish where wheat, oats and barley competed with root crops for the residents attention. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A157 Trunk Road west out of Louth toward Wragby. Turn north at East Barkwith.
  • Jonathan THACKER provides a photograph of the busy crossroads on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
  • Visit our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of East Torrington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF147833 (Lat/Lon: 53.334051, -0.278349), East Torrington which are provided by:


Politics & 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 western division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county, as does the 1913 edition.
  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and all the land amalgamated into Legsby Civil parish.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Wragby petty sessional hearings on the first Thursday of the month.


Year Inhabitants
1801 85
1831 87
1841 113
1871 125
1891 114
1911 115


  • The children of this parish attended schools in the neighboring parishes of West Torrington, East Barkwith and Hainton.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.