• 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 / 2383
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 Mary.
  • The church is built primarily of chalk stone and the interior lined with red bricks.
  • The font is dated 1450.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1863 after the old structure was demolished.
  • The church seats 150.
  • The inhabitants of Brackenborough parish use this church still.
  • There is a photograph of the Anglican parish church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here are two photos of Saint Mary's Church, taken by Patricia McCRORY (who retains the copyright):




Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568, but the early years are barely legible. It includes register entries for Brackenborough parish.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial Index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built here before 1840. The Primitive Methodists and Free Methodists had chapels here, also. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • 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 and Travel

Fotherby is both a village and a parish in the north-east section of Lincolnshire, 151 miles north of London and 3 miles north of Louth. Utterby parish is to the north and North Elkington parish to the west. The parish covers over 1,300 acres.

The village is a quiet, agricultural place. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A16 between Louth and Grimsby splits the village in two about 3 miles north of Louth.
  • There's a view of the old A16 as it passes through the village on Geo-graph taken by John BEAL.
  • On a clear day, from one of the high points in the parish, one can see the North Sea, the River Humber and the coast of Yorkshire.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Fotherby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Fotherby 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 TF316917 (Lat/Lon: 53.405797, -0.021586), Fotherby which are provided by:


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Ludborough Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.
  • In recent years the Parish Council has wrestled with the issue of spending money on maintaining the village common, so don't be surprised if it looks a little neglected.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings in the Louth Courthouse every other Wednesday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • In 1866, six almshouses were erected by Everitt ALLENBY. There's a photograph of the almshouses on Geo-graph taken by John BEAL.
  • In 1868, the estate of Everitt ALLENBY left the interest on £250 to be distributed to the poor in coals and flannel in December.


Year Inhabitants
1801 141
1831 207
1841 227
1871 257
1881 237
1891 228
1901 212
1911 209


  • This parish, among others, was entitled to send students to Covenham National School, but many of the children attended schools in Louth and North Grimsby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.