• The parish was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2399
1871 R.G. 10 / 3430
1891 R.G. 12 / 2626

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is built of stone in the Early English style, but a date is uncertain.
  • The church was restored in 1873-74.
  • The church seats about 219 people.
  • There is a photograph of the Anglican parish church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1566.
  • We have the beginnings of an extract from the parish register. Your additions to this Parish Register Extract text file will be appreciated. Please contact the site coordinator (below).
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A small Wesleyan chapel was built in the village to sit 100 people. For information and assistance in researching this chaple, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Elsham is a parish and a village in the north of Lincolnshire 163 miles north of London and about 4 miles northeast of Glanford Brigg. The parish covers just over 4,100 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Stop by the Village Hall and ask for a schedule of upcoming events. The Hall is photographed by David WRIGHT in 2005.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.



Historical Geography

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



  • Elsham Hall, a fairly modern mansion of brick, stood in a park of 150 acres at one time.
  • Peter CHURCH has a photograph of the Manor lake on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Manor House in Front Street on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA035124 (Lat/Lon: 53.597548, -0.438166), Elsham which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Royal Flying Corps opened an airfield here in December, 1916, to counter Zeppelin raids. The fields was designated as "Elsham Wolds".
  • The field was closed in June, 1919.
  • The field was surveyed in 1939 and deemed suitable for bomber aircraft. An important factor was the nearby railway station at Barnetby.
  • The RAF re-opened the field in July, 1941. The first operational sortie took off on 24 July that year.
  • The field closed again in 1947.
  • The A15 trunk road now bisects the former station.
  • Rita EFFNERT in Germany provides this list of attendees at an RAF Christmas dinner, 1941.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the War Memorial cross in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • Pat HORTON shares a photograph of the Information Sign over the doorway, taken in 2015:



Military Records

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


Names, Geographical

  • Elsham is often listed as "Aylesham" or "Ailesham" in old records and indexes.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can contact the local Elsham 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 North Lincolnshire Council website.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Brigg petty session hearings.
  • There was an ancient Hospital for the poor, established prior to 1166. It stood near the Hall.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 316
1831 471
1851 448
1871 443
1881 502
1891 457
1911 424
2001 363


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1872 and enlarged in 1895 to hold up to 180 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.