• The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Gautby appears to be missing from the Public Record Office census returns for the year 1861.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 634
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • All Saints is a tiny brick church with a western tower and spire.
  • The church was rebuilt around 1756.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1908.
  • The church seats 70.
  • There is a photograph of All Saints' Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints' Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1571. Researchers should also check the registers at Baumber parish for the period of 1695 to 1799.
  • The National Burial Index (NBI) lists 194 burials for the period 1814 through 1900.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Gautby is a parish and a village about 7 miles north-west of Horncastle. Waddingworth parish lies to the south-east and Baumber parish to the east. The parish covers just under 1,500 acres.

The village of Gautby sits on a bold rise above a small rivulet known as the Great Drain. If you are planning a visit:

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2007. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Gautby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Moat House was occupied by Neville LUCAS-CALCRAFT in 1900, but was the property of Robert Charles De GREY VYNER.
  • Sir Robert VYNER was Lord Mayor of London in 1675.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF175724 (Lat/Lon: 53.235641, -0.240985), Gautby which are provided by:


Military Records

Inside the church is a brass plaque and a framed document. To see them and the two names on them, see the Roll of Honour site.

David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the World War II Memorial in the church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2004 .


Names, Geographical

  • The name Gautby is from the Old Scandanavian Gaute+by, or "village of a man named Gauti".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

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 southern division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Gautby has a joint Parish Council with Minting. You may contact the Minting and Gautby 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 East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 118
1811 122
1821 118
1831 109
1841 99
1851 99
1871 128
1881 100
1891 92
1901 88
1911 97
1971 81


  • The parish joined with Minting Parish to form a School Board of 5 members on 4 Feb., 1876.
  • The children of this parish attended school in Minting parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.