Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



  • Chris ? has a photograph of some of the gravestones at St. Peter's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • Chris ? also has a photograph of the gravestone of Henry Charles ALLENBY who died at age 22 from drowning on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • Henry Charles ALLENBY was buried 3 June 1822 at Farforth. He was "possibly" the sone of Samuel ALLENBY who was buried here in 1824.


  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth 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 / 633
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2381
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • There was an earlier church here, but it was torn down prior to 1861.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1861 of sandstone. The church was renovated in 1904.
  • The church seats 80.
  • The church is a Grade II structure with English Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
  • 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 1784.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Farforth is both a village and a parish 6 miles south of Louth. The parish covers almost 2,000 acres and includes the hamlet of Maidenwell.

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You can see pictures of Farforth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



In 1568 Sir William John OSLEAR lived in Farforth Hall.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF318785 (Lat/Lon: 53.286923, -0.024204), Farforth which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire, but only became a modern Civil Parish in 1936.
  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • This parish was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish under the name "Maidenwell Civil Parish" in 1936.
  • This citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but do hold periodic Parish Meetings to dicuss civic and political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings in the Louth Courthouse every other Wednesday.
  • In 1719 Mr. Charles HUMPHREY left the interest of £15 for the poor. (Some sources say only 15 Shillings per year.)
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 52
1831 91
1841 92
1871 109
1881 143
1891 134
1901 134
1911 107


  • A School Board was formed in 1885 for the united parishes of Farforth, Oxcombe and Ruckland.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1887 for up to 42 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.