Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Alford has a local history archive that will prove useful in your research.



Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of St. Andrew's churchyard (in need of mowing) on Geo-graph, taken in December, 1989.



  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • The North Linc Archives has copies of the census returns for 1841.
  • 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 / 2110
1871 R.G. 10 / 3396
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605
1901 R.G. 13 / 3080

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church was rebuilt of brick in 1800.
  • The church was restored in 1881 and again in 1953.
  • This small church seats 80.
  • This church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • John BLAKESTON has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.
  • John also has an interior photograph of St. Andres' Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.
  • Here are two photographs of St. Andrew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1665 for baptisms and burials and from 1655 for marriages.
  • Marriages are indexed in Phillimore Lincolnshire Parish Records (Marriages) Volume 10.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Alford 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 & Travel

This village and parish are only 2 miles south-east of Alford and 7 miles north-east of Spilsby. Bilsby parish lies to the north. The parish covers about 1,070 acres.

If you plan to visit:

  • Take the Farlesthorpe Road south-east out of Alford for two miles.
  • See the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
You can see pictures of Farlesthorpe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Farlesthorpe 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 TF474743 (Lat/Lon: 53.245259, 0.20755), Farlesthorpe which are provided by:


Military Records

For a photograph of the Farlesthorpe War Memorial in Bilsby's church and the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical

  • The name often appears in old records as Farlsthorpe.

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 Wold division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the combined Bilsby and Farlesthorpe Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to held with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • Mr. Richard SPENDLUFFE left a yearly rent-charge of 20s to send children of the parish to school in Alford.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 88
1811 86
1831 94
1841 109
1871 121
1881 97
1891 114
1901 81
1911 90
1921 80
1931 76
1971 50


  • R. SPENDLUFFE left an estate entitling this parish to send free scholars to Alford Grammar School.
  • Most children of the parish attended school in Bilsby parish.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.